A Florida woman has sued an elevator company after a freak accident left her dangling in a mall elevator.
Jacksonville resident Lori Gierok decided on September 6, 2019, to go shopping at the JC Penney store located in the Brandon Town Center Mall.
That particular day, Tampa-based Oracle Elevator was conducting repairs to a freight elevator inside the store.
The elevator company’s repairman, however, allegedly did not place the elevator in “out-of-service” mode. Instead, a manual pull cord was installed to keep the elevator operational.
According to the lawsuit, the cord was “unreasonably long and left on the floor.”
The suit then describes what happened next:
“When the Plaintiff, Lori Gierok, stepped into the freight elevator, her foot was unknowingly stepping on a loose portion of the cord that was left hanging down, so that when the elevator activated the pull cord, she was pulled into the air by her foot, causing her to be trapped in the elevator for hours and causing significant injuries.”
Gierok seeks damages in excess of $30,000 plus costs, interest, and fees.
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