An 88-year-old woman choked to death in a New York escalator accident when her clothes got tangled in the treads of an escalator at the Lindenhurst Long Island Rail Road station, according to The New York Times (3/15/2012). New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman understands a preliminary investigation of the escalator accident and autopsy concluded that Irene Bernatzky fell on the escalator she was riding, her clothing became entangled and she was asphyxiated.
“Escalators have long been a safety worry for the elderly,” said Perecman, a New York personal injury lawyer who has represented a number of clients injured in escalator and elevator accidents. However, unusual operation appears to be an important factor in this particular escalator accident.”
Interviews conducted by The New York Times revealed that commuters who use the station knew the escalator had had problems. One rider said that the “escalator’s left-hand rail moved when the right-hand rail did not.”
LIRR officials said the escalator is inspected monthly and is maintained in “good operating condition,” reported the NYT. “The reliable, regular inspection of escalators especially those with long running hours and heavy use, is of the utmost importance,” said New York personal injury lawyer Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm.
From The New York Times article, New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand that the MTA had plans to replace the escalator at the site of the escalator accident, but were prevented from doing so because of budget cuts. Victims of New York escalator accidents and/or their families may be entitled to significant compensation for New York escalator accident injuries, especially when they are caused by improper maintenance or negligence. Please contact the experienced New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm.