Children are one of the most at-risk groups involved in incidents on escalators.
New York, New York (PRWEB) November 28, 2013
Personal injury lawyer David Perecman welcomes the news reported by CBS News (11.21.13) that an 11-year old girl, who was the victim of an escalator accident, was released from the hospital. The girl’s toes and lower leg needed to be reconstructed after they were mangled on a Macy’s escalator.
Juliana Valdez was in the hospital for three months following the accident inside of the Macy’s at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J. The accident occurred when Valdez’s shoe got stuck in the escalator. The girl was on the escalator pressing her foot up against a smooth-faced riser, when it was “sucked into a gap between two stairs,” said CBS News.
Valdez faces many more years of physical therapy, CBS News reported.
“Children are one of the most at-risk groups involved in incidents on escalators,” said Perecman.
In 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated there were approximately 11,000 escalator related injuries (Release Number: 08-264). Feet were the body parts most likely to become entrapped.
Personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand that one of the biggest escalator hazards is the area where the moving steps meet the side. Escalator accidents often result in serious injuries, including bone fractures, head injuries, mangled appendages, and amputations of fingers or toes.
Perecman, a personal injury lawyer in New York for over 30 years, supports escalator safety education.
“Escalators pose dangers that are significant, but often unrecognized. Riders need to be aware of the danger,” said Perecman.
National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week is observed each year during the second full week of November. This year it was November 10-16.
The CBS News story cited is “CBS 2 Exclusive: Girl Released From Hospital Months After Escalator Accident.”
If you, or one of your children, have been injured in a New York escalator or elevator accident, contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, civil rights violation, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including escalator and elevator accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
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