Escalator Accident Leads to $15M Settlement
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Escalator accidents often occur when they suddenly stop, have wet surfaces, or have bent or
loose metal teeth. Most people view escalators and elevators as just a
means of getting from one point to another and use them without hesitation
You may remember, in 2013 a 10-year-old girl shopping for the return to
school suffered tremendously after her leg, up to her calf, was drug through
the comb plate at the top of an escalator in Macy’s. Her injury
caused her to be hospitalized for three months, lose two toes, suffer
respiratory failure, kidney issues and undergo a total of 22 surgeries.
ThyssenKrupp is the company that performed maintenance on the escalator,
and Macy’s is the store in which the said escalator is in use. Records
show the escalator itself was installed in 1958. A state inspection certification
for the escalator expired in 2013 before the accident; a previous inspection
was stopped by a manager stating it was disrupting the store, and an inspector
stated that steps on at least one of the escalators in the store weren't
properly running smoothly and maintenance was necessary.
Just one day prior to this major accident another customer’s shoe
got caught in the escalator. Ultimately ThyssenKrupp and Macy’s
agreed to a settlement of $15 million in federal court earlier this year,
but neither accepted liability. The amount settled was made public after
the victim’s attorney rejected a request for a confidentiality clause
from the defendants’. The judge closed the case the same day, and
ThyssenKrupp stated that Macy’s is no longer a customer of theirs.
This case is a prime example of premises liability, and one of the common
circumstances responsible for a horrific escalator accident was poor maintenance
shown in reports and records. Securing rightful compensation for every
one of our clients is the goal at Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC. Our
professional and compassionate personal injury attorneys have secured
over $300 million in jury verdicts and insurance settlements. If you have
suffered due to the negligence of a property owner and have questions,
call our office in St. Louis and we can help you with a plan of action.