As a personal injury attorney here in Atlanta, Georgia, I’m of the opinion that there’s a lesson to be learned from every case. The motto of the story I share today is fairly clear: Stick to the plans.
It was all there. The 2009 construction permits and blueprints for the elevator in the Massachusetts Mall called for the installation of barriers between the steps and the plexiglass divider. But there was no such barrier there this March when the momentum of the escalator pulled a 4-year-old boy between the gap and to his death while his parents and mall patrons looked on. Now, the mall, its owner, the construction company and the escalator corporation face a sweeping negligence lawsuit, according to The Boston Globe.
During my research, I found the escalator company is one that has come under fire before. In October of 2009, a faulty component of one of their escalator’s at the St. Louis Blues Stadium is believed to have caused it to malfunction. Several steps buckled and collapsed into each other resulting in a three-story slide for some fans. Thirteen people were injured in that accident.