Elevator company sued by woman for injuries allegedly stemming from elevator malfunction

By Kyle Barnett | Feb 12, 2013

GRETNA – A hospital staffing agency employee is suing an elevator maintenance company after allegedly receiving injuries when an elevator fell between floors and came to an abrupt stop.

Yakeo Scott, and husband James Dixon, filed suit against Kone Inc. and the Broadlane Group Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Dec. 19. Scott claims while she was working at East Jefferson Parish Hospital when she entered an elevator maintained by Kone Inc. and it violently fell and then stopped between floors. The plaintiff alleges that she received severe and disabling injuries in the incident including to her spine and body as a whole. Scott asserts she was also trapped in the elevator while rescue personnel were summoned.

The defendant is accused of failing to properly train those employed for preventative maintenance, failing to properly provide maintenance, failing to service the elevator, failing to to properly repair the elevator, failing to warn users of the elevator's dangerous condition, failing to use due care to prevent the accident, failing to prevent access to use of a defective elevator, failing to advise the owner of the elevator of the dangerous propensities of the elevator and failing to remove the elevator in question from service.

An unspecified amount of damages is sought for medical expenses, future earning impairment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish and distress, loss of life's pleasures and enjoyment, disability and permanent physical impairment.

Scott is represented by Scott W. McQuaig of Metairie-based McQuaig & Associates LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division C Judge June Berry Darensburg.

Case no. 722-229.

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