An escalator injured a 1-year-old boy at a Manhattan Barnes & Noble, reported ABC News. He tripped while he was coming down the escalator with his nanny and got his hand stuck in the escalator steps. Children must be supervised carefully on an escalator in order to prevent accidents, said New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman.
“The boy was lucky he tripped and stopped himself with his hand. The outcome could have been significantly different if he had fallen and hit his head,” said Perecman, a personal injury lawyer in New York for over 30 years.
The escalator was working as it should and automatically stopped when the boy’s hand got stuck. After a “short time” the boy freed himself, said ABC News.
A study conducted by the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health Department of Pediatrics revealed at least 2,000 children receive emergency room care annually because of escalator-related injuries. The most common cause of injury to children on an escalator was a fall. Hands were the most common injury site for children under five years old and these injuries occurred most frequently as a result of entrapment.
Also consistent with the norm, the boy suffered a cut on his right hand. Lacerations, or cuts, were the most common type of injury, according to the study.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there were approximately 11,000 escalator related injuries in 2007, according to the most recent CPSC data available.
“Guardians must always supervise children on escalators. They also need to ensure that children are wearing safe shoes,” said Perecman.
If an escalator accident can be attributed to faulty maintenance, inadequate inspection, or defective design, the responsible party may be held accountable for injuries. Those responsible could be building owners, escalator companies, the maintenance company or others.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a New York escalator or elevator accident, contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases of personal injury accidents in New York. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal’s Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine’s “The Best Lawyers in America” and The New York Times Magazine “New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition” for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
“Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.”
Source: ABC News, Feb 22, 2013