11-year-old girl, Julianna Valdez, has been released from the hospital after a three-month stay. Valdez was admitted into the hospital after a tragic accident that occurred inside of Macy’s. The young girl was riding on an escalator and pressed her foot against a smooth-faced riser. Her foot was sucked into a gap between the stairs. Her lower leg and toes needed reconstructive surgery. While Valdez was released from the hospital, she still faces years of physical therapy.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that 11,000 escalator injuries occurred in 2007. According to their reports, feet were the primary location where the injuries happened.
Though they seem innocuous, escalators pose great danger, specifically for younger children. Given how small children’s feet and hands are, it can be easy for them to get entangled in the moving parts of an escalator. If the unit is not properly maintained, body parts can be fractured, lacerated, and bones can be broken.
Thousands of escalators function in various malls and building structures across America. It is the responsibility of the building manager or escalator manufacturer to maintain the unit and make sure it works properly. Any injuries caused by an escalator can be dangerous and debilitating.
At The Perecman Firm, we are glad that Valdez was released from the hospital and is on her way to heal. We believe that the premises should be liable for any injuries that happen on their grounds. If you or a loved one was injured in a mall while riding an escalator, contact our New York personal injury attorneys today. We fight on behalf of injury victims. Call today for a consultation and take the steps needed for compensation.