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Premises Liability - Negligent maintenance - Escalator abruptly stops while plaintiff is riding on it - Sprain and strain injuries.

Philadelphia County, PA

The plaintiff alleged that the defendants failed to properly maintain and inspect an escalator at the mall where plaintiff was employed. As a result, the escalator malfunctioned, causing it stop abruptly and causing plaintiff to be thrown down the escalator steps. The defendants denied that they had any notice of the escalator being faulty and asserted that the escalator was properly and routinely serviced.

The plaintiff was employed as a security guard at the defendant mall and was in course and scope of her employment on May 12, ________ when she was riding down the escalator maintained by defendant maintenance company. Suddenly, the escalator stopped, throwing the plaintiff down the escalator and causing her to sustain injuries. The plaintiff maintained that the defendants failed to properly inspect and maintain the escalator.

As a result of the incident, the plaintiff suffered sprain and strain injuries to her left hand, left knee and left arm and elbow. All of the defendants denied that they were negligent in any way and denied any notice of a problem with the escalator.

The jury found no negligence on the part of the maintenance company or the premises owner and returned a verdict for the defense.

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