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Woman Sues After Elevator Allegedly Injures Her Twice, Suffers Vaginal, Rectal Prolapse

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An Ohio woman is suing an elevator company after she was allegedly hospitalized twice when an elevator in her apartment building suddenly plunged down multiple floors.

The plaintiff, identified only as Barbara J., sued Schindler Elevator Corp. after the elevator malfunctioned twice, a month apart, causing multiple injuries including the “prolapse of her rectum and vagina.”

The owners and managers of her Cleveland apartment building are also named in the suit.

Barbara J., who lives on the 12th floor of the Euclid Beach Villa Apartments, says the first incident occurred on Aug. 11, 2010.

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She claims "the elevator did suddenly malfunction and drop to the first floor before coming to a stop,” injuring her back, shoulder, knees, abdomen and pelvic region. She says she was treated at a hospital.

On Sep. 14, 2010, the same elevator and "after making one stop on the eleventh floor, the elevator did suddenly malfunction and drop several floors before coming to a stop.”

She was again treated at the hospital for an "exacerbation of her injuries from the first elevator incident, prolapse of her rectum and vagina, and a right foot injury.”

The claim seeks more than $15,000 for negligence.

According to ConsumerWatch, the majority of elevators accidents in the U.S. involve repair workers.

The family of a Florida man crushed to death by an elevator at the TradeWinds Island Resort filed a wrongful death suit against the St. Pete Beach hotel this month.

Mark Allen Johnson, 45, was cleaning oil and water from the bottom of an elevator shaft on April 24, when an elevator car parked above him for the last 40 minutes suddenly plunged, landing on top of him.

He died before rescue workers arrived.

Sources: Courthouse News Service, Tampa Bay Times