Escalators are moving stairs that are installed in commercial buildings to provide mobility for people. Although escalators are usually reliable, escalator accidents occur and they might lead potential lawsuits. In the event of lawsuits or insurance claims, an escalator expert witness is utilized in such cases to provide expert opinion on mechanical failure and/or defects that may have led to an accident. Claims made in escalator-related lawsuits may stem from maintenance issue, mechanic failure, or human error.
Escalator operation must adhere to a strict set of codes and compliance so as to avoid any unforeseen accidents resulting in injury and/or potential lawsuits. The escalator construction process must also be guided by certain rules and regulations, as any construction damages or construction defects can lead to future problems with the machinery, increasing the likelihood of accidents, including slips, trips, and falls. Escalator expert witnesses might also have backgrounds in elevators, as the two machines are very similar in functionality and mechanics.
An escalator expert witness may be called upon to provide expert testimony based on an accident investigation and reconstruction. A failure analysis may be needed to determine whether the incident was a question of the escalator mechanics or that of human error. Such experts may be especially focused in elevator and escalator construction, as well as mechanical engineering and safety.
ForensisGroup has over 20 years of experience finding the right expert witness for litigators and insurance companies. Contact ForensisGroup today or Submit An Expert Request Form to retain an experienced escalator expert witness for your case.