According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, escalator and elevator accidents injure 17,000 and kill 30 people every year in the United States. If not deadly, these accidents can cause grave injuries, and result in large medical bills and lost income. If you or a loved one has been injured due to an escalator or elevator, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Experienced representation can help you navigate a claim, receive compensation from the responsible party, and help you focus on recovery. Some recent escalator and elevator accident facts include:
- There are roughly 600,000 elevators in the United States.
- The number of people injured or killed by elevators versus escalators is about equal, despite there being about 20 times more elevators in the United States than escalators.
Types of Compensation
Monetary damages can be awarded if someone is found to be legally responsible for injuring a person. Such monetary damages are called compensatory damages or actual damages. The purpose of compensatory damages is to attempt to put the injured person in the position in which he or she would have been had the injury not occurred. These damages may include medical expenses (past and future), pain and suffering (past and future), lost wages (past and future), loss of a normal life, and loss of society. It’s important to keep records of your medical bills and time off from work, as these can help you calculate your actual damages.
In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded to punish the defendant if his or her conduct was negligent, reckless, or intentional. Punitive damages aren’t recovered for any specific loss. Instead, they are levied against the defendant as punishment to discourage negligence in the future. The court will determine whether to award the plaintiff with punitive damages and how much the award will be. According to Illinois law, punitive damages may only be awarded if actual damages are also awarded.
Call for a Free Consultation
For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your escalator or staircase slip and fall case in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Oregon, Loves Park, Byron, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, call or text message us at (815) 391-0089, or e-mail us 24/7/365. We offer in-office consultations, and routinely make visits to clients’ homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes, and other off-site locations to make retaining our services as easy as possible.