Serious injury can occur in unexpected places, and many of the modern amenities we take for granted are dangerous if they are not properly maintained. As one example, or last post focused on the New Jersey company that was sued for failing to maintain an escalator at Giants Stadium. As a result, several people were injured in an escalator accident four years ago.
Recently, another New Jersey company has been named as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit for its potential role in a fatal accident. The family of a deceased hotel housekeeper sued a major elevator manufacturer after the woman fell to her death down an elevator shaft last month.
The 65-year-old woman had worked at the hotel in San Antonio, Texas, for 12 years. The accident occurred in late December as she was getting on a service elevator in the building.
The family’s attorney said: “Based upon current information, it is believed that she attempted to get on the elevator but when the doors opened there was no elevator, causing her to fall.”
The company that owns the hotel has also been named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Because investigations are ongoing, the attorney said that the lawsuit is partially intended to ensure that evidence is preserved.
He added: “I don’t know enough about what occurred to definitively state whether there’s negligence or not. There’s enough (evidence) to bring a lawsuit and investigate it.”
State law requires that elevators be inspected annually. News sources have disclosed that at the time of the accident, the elevator was overdue for inspection by more than two weeks.
It is unclear at this time whether the New Jersey-based elevator company will ultimately be held liable. But this case shows that when a wrongful death occurs, there is no time to waste before seeking the help of a qualified auto accident law firm Sutliff & Stout in Houston, TX. It is important to preserve evidence in order to make sure that any negligent parties involved can be held accountable.