Woman sues Las Vegas casino, elevator company for escalator malfunction

Carol Ostrow May 7, 2015, 2:36pm

A casino patron has sued a Nevada corporation and an escalator manufacturer, alleging liability for a 2013 injury.

Robin Kennedy filed suit May 5 in Cook County Circuit Court against Boyd Gaming of Las Vegas and Hartford, Conn.-based Otis Elevator Company, alleging liability for a November 2013 injury.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 17, 2013, Kennedy was on Boyd Gaming’s premises, operating as The Orleans Hotel & Casino, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, when her jacket became caught in an escalator siding, causing her to slip and fall backward down the escalator and incur personal injuries.

The suit says both defendants knew or should have known the escalator side panel was defective, creating a risk for patrons. The grievance cites negligence in permitting the escalator to exist and remain in an unsafe condition,  and  failure to remedy the defect, warn the plaintiff of the hazard and barricade the escalator to pedestrian travel.

Kennedy seeks damages of more than $30,000, plus attorney fees and costs. She is represented by attorney Joseph Dombrowski, of Dombrowski, Sorensen and Gigac in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No.: 15-L-4620.

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