Escalator Malfunction Leaves 5 Injured

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 6:15pm PST

Emergency Medical Services were called after an escalator in a crowded mall malfunctioned, consequently injuring five people.

The Emerald Square Mall in Attleboro, Massachusetts was particularly busy that day due to a scheduled performance by Disney Channel star Selena Gomez. Witnesses say Gomez was preparing for her next performance when droves of fans raced towards her, some of whom were running up a nearby escalator to reach the third floor where Gomez was performing.

As the fans were running up the escalator, the escalator suddenly began to reverse its direction. This naturally caused people to lose their balance and, according to witnesses, an avalanche of people fell backwards to the second floor.

Three of the five people injured were treated by paramedics at the scene, but two were transported to a local hospital.

Police are still conducting an investigation to determine what caused the escalator to malfunction. Depending on the police’s findings, the victims may have grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit against the mall. Premises liability laws state that property owners are responsible for making sure their grounds are safe at all time, which includes making sure any equipment on the property is in good working order. If it is discovered that the mall owner failed to properly maintain the escalator, the victims could stand to recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

For more information about filing a premises liability lawsuit, please contact Lanier Law Group, P.A. to arrange a consultation with an experienced North Carolina personal injury lawyer.

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