Elevator Drop Trial

Barber v. Otis Elevator Company, Multnomah County Case No. 14CV19756

Plaintiff Barber was an employee at Providence Portland Medical Center. Defendant Otis Elevator Company had a contract to repair and maintain the elevators at the hospital. Barber got on an employee elevator to go down two floors. She alleged that the elevator made a sudden drop causing injuries to her back, shoulder, and legs, including rotator cuff and labrum tears which required surgical repair. She sought $36,445.34 in past medical expenses, $20,268.03 in wage losses, unstated amounts of future medical costs and $1,500,000.00 in non-economic damages.

Defendant denied negligence, as there had been no recent complaints about the elevator and all the scheduled maintenance had been performed. Defendant also disputed the cause and extent of Barber’s injuries.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Cedrick Brown

Defense Counsel – Jennifer Street

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – January 15, 2016

January 25, 2016

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