On October 23, a malfunctioning escalator in Rome rapidly accelerated downward and caused a pileup of people at the bottom of the stairs. A total of 24 people were injured, some suffering serious perforation wounds due to the shattered stairs bunched at the bottom acting like knife blades. Three people are in serious condition, including a man who partially lost his foot. One person suffered a complex trauma that prompted immediate surgery.
ATAC, Rome’s public transport company, said “all maintenance checks of the escalator were carried out regularly and the results were in accordance to the norms.” A full investigation into the maintenance and safety of the escalator has been requested. If it uncovers any defective design or potential danger that should have been warned about, the manufacturer of the escalator could be found liable.
The Rome escalator collapse is an example of how everyday products that we assume are safe are also at risk of failing. All products must be made reasonably safe. Manufacturers have a duty to identify foreseeable hazards and ensure they are designed away, guarded against, or warned about. An experienced defective product lawyer at GoldenbergLaw will have the necessary resources and experience to prove this.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury as the result of a defective product, contact GoldenbergLaw. Our defective product lawyers can determine if there is a design, manufacturing, or warning issue with the product. Call us, and leave the sleepless nights to us.