What happens if you are injured on an escalator in a shopping centre?

PUBLISHED 14 Dec 2019

The risk of injury can arise in even the most basic and seemingly normal spaces. Like, for instance, while on the escalator in a shopping centre: One recent news report, from the Brisbane Times, detailed the plight of a man in his 50s left in critical condition after falling down an escalator at a location in Brisbane.

While we don’t know the exact cause of the injury in that particular case, it just goes to show that injuries can happen anywhere, at any time. What’s important, then, is knowing what to do – and how to protect yourself – if something like that ever happened to you. So if you’re hurt on an escalator, and incur significant injuries – as well as financial costs – as a result, what do you do next?

Making a public liability claim

If you’ve been injured on an escalator, then it’s likely the injury was caused by an irregularity in the function of the machinery itself. Perhaps the platform was slippery, or the movement was rough and jerky. No matter the specific cause, you would likely be eligible to make a public liability claim for compensation of damages incurred as a result of the injury.

If you suffer a significant injury due to the faulty function of an escalator – or due to any other failure on part of a business to keep you safe – then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. This would be to cover past and future medical expenses, loss of earning, general damages for pain and suffering, and much more.

How to best make your case

In a public liability case, it’s important to have as much evidence as possible. Be sure to see a medical professional as soon as possible after suffering your injury, to have the specifics of the injury documented for the record (and, if possible, the causes too).

If you have any photos or records proving the irregularity that caused your injury, then that’s only sure to help your compensation claim as well. But either way, you’ll surely want to engage the assistance of a public liability lawyer. With a legal expert on your side, you can rest easy knowing a full investigation will be undertaken to determine the cause of your injury – and to prove your claim for compensation.

Have you been injured while in a shopping centre, or in another public retail location? Do you feel that your injuries were caused by negligent upkeep of the premises, or by faulty machinery? You may be eligible to receive significant payouts for your pain and suffering. If so, be sure to contact Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation, Medical Negligence & Will Dispute Lawyers for information on how to pursue a compensation claim.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.