Passenger sues for injuries in malfunctioning elevator

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 3, 2015


A Cook County woman filed suit against a two business entities for alleged negligence in a 2013 event.

Jessica Gonzalez brought a lawsuit May 26 in Cook County Circuit Court against Hines Interests Limited Partnership d/b/a Hines 333 West Wacker Drive GP LLC; and Otis Elevator Co., claiming premises liability in a July 2013 incident.

The complaint cites that Hines owned, operated and managed property located at 333 West Wacker Drive in Chicago, Cook County. According to the filing, the plaintiff attempted to use an elevator that had unresolved operational problems on July 31, 2013, to ascend to the building’s 25th floor.

The suit states that the elevator malfunctioned during its ascent. As the car experienced unexpected and uncontrollable movement, Gonzalez allegedly fell to the floor and lost consciousness.

According to the filing, the defendants were careless and/or negligent in allowing an unsafe elevator to operate, remain in a dangerous condition, permitting the public to board the elevator, and failing to warn patrons of the elevator’s defective condition.

Gonzalez alleges personal injuries including physical and emotional damages of a severe and permanent nature; diminished capacity to attend to her usual duties and affairs; medical and hospital expenses; and lost wages.

The plaintiff seeks damages, attorneys’ fees and costs. She is represented by Glenn Ronaldson and Amber Lindell of Ronaldson and Kuchler in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number: 2015L0005346.

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