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Comparatively, escalator accidents do not happen frequently. However, when people are on board a malfunctioning escalator, they are very often severely injured as a result. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost current and future wages, and more. Please read on and reach out to our experienced firm to learn more about how we can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the claims process going forward:

Am I entitled to compensation after an accident?

To recover compensation after an escalator accident, your attorney will first have to determine whether you are filing a premises liability or a product liability lawsuit. If your attorney determines that the property owner knew, or should have reasonably known about a problem with the escalator and failed to take action and have it fixed within a reasonable amount of time, there is a very good chance you will be entitled to financial compensation. However, it may also turn out that the company that designed or manufactured the escalator is responsible for your accident, in which case your attorney will file a product liability lawsuit.

To prove that you were injured as a result of another party’s negligence, your attorney will work to recover various types of evidence, including security camera footage of the accident as it happened, police reports detailing the facts of the incident, witness statements verifying your claim, pictures of the safety hazard that caused the accident, and more.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State?

The phrase “statute of limitations simply refers to the amount of time you have to take legal action against another person. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is three years, you will have three years from the date of your accident to file a premises liability lawsuit against a negligent party. If you wait longer than three years, you will be barred from suing, no matter how bad you truly need the compensation. Fortunately, our firm is ready to get the claims process started as soon as you are.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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