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Macy's faces suit over tragic escalator accident

On behalf of Kammholz Law PLLC posted in Premises Liability on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

As Macy's prepares for yet another of its iconic Thanksgiving Day parades through the streets of New York City, followed by another holiday shopping season, one little girl is no doubt feeling less than joyful about the famous New York retailer. Back in August of this year, the 11-year-old was shopping at Macy's Garden State Plaza store in Paramus, New Jersey, when her foot became lodged in the steps of one of the store's escalators. Reportedly, her foot was pressed against a riser when it got lodged in between two of the steps. The horrific accident was just the beginning of a long and painful journey for the child. Her foot was nearly taken off by the power of the escalator. The accident mangled both her foot and her leg so badly that she had to undergo reconstructive surgery on her leg and toes. She has only recently been released from the hospital. The girl's family has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Macy's as well as the company that made the escalator, Thyssen Krupp Elevator. Not only was the escalator 58 years old, but it was overdue for a safety inspection. Its certificate of inspection had expired some two weeks prior to the incident. Following the accident, Macy's shut down its store escalators. According to Thyssen Krupp, the company will be installing updated escalators in the store. The girl's father explains that they are seeking monetary damages through their premises liability suit to help provide their daughter with the care she needs to heal and regain mobility. She will need physical therapy for years. It is sad that it took the mangling of a child to get the store to upgrade the escalators that its customers and employees depend on every day. People who have been injured or worse by malfunctioning and, in this case, outdated equipment can and should seek compensation from the businesses responsible. This child likely has a long life ahead of her, and it will never be quite the same because of this tragic accident. It is only fair that the companies responsible for such a needless accident be required to provide adequate compensation for her to get the care and treatment she needs. Source: CBS New York, "CBS 2 Exclusive: Girl Released From Hospital Months After Escalator Accident" No author given, Nov. 21, 2013

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