Man sues over injuries sustained in elevator drop

By Lizzy Fitzsousa | Mar 3, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – A local man is suing two elevator companies after the car he was riding in fell and he sustained injuries.

William Roth filed suit against the Schindler Elevator Corporation and the Otis Elevator Company in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Dec. 6, 2013.

Roth claims he became a passenger in elevator No. 7 on Dec. 13, 2012 in the Hale Boggs Federal Building at 500 Poydras St. in New Orleans after boarding the car on the third floor and attempting to go to a lower floor. He alleges that the elevator dropped rapidly before coming to an abrupt stop, causing him to fall within the elevator and suffer injuries to his neck, back and upper and lower extremities.

Schindler and Otis are accused of negligence.

Unspecified damages physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and suffering, medical expenses, disability and loss of enjoyment of life.

Plaintiff is represented by Joseph S. Piacun of Gennusa, Piacun, & Ruli of New Orleans.

Case is assigned to Division C Judge Sidney H. Cates IV.
Case no. 2013-11546.

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