Per the Tribeca Patch, the family of the woman who died in an escalator accident while inside the Oculus, which is the World Trade Center’s transportation hub, is considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the Port Authority.
We reported on the Oculus escalator accident in February. The woman was killed when she fell off the escalator while reaching for her sister’s hat, which had just fallen. After falling off the escalator, the woman fell another 30 feet before crashing on the main concourse. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Why Is the Family Considering a Lawsuit?
The Port Authority owns and operates the Oculus facility. The family has hired an attorney to investigate the incident to determine whether negligence led to the woman’s death. If so, the family could hold the Port Authority accountable for their loved one’s death. However, the Port Authority is reportedly not cooperating with the family’s attorney’s investigation. According to court documents, the Port Authority refused the family’s lawyer’s request for video surveillance of the incident. The Port Authority cited their own ongoing investigation as the reason they could not release the footage.
In many cases, a lawsuit is the only way for victims and their families to convince negligent individuals and businesses to take safety more seriously, so that others do not suffer due to their negligence in the future.
For decades, the personal injury lawyers at our New Jersey law firm have been successfully protecting the rights of injury victims and their families in Atlantic City and Cape May, including recovering several multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for clients. We secured a settlement for a client who suffered a severe shoulder injury that required surgery after she fell down several steps while riding an escalator in a casino. Our attorneys proved that the reason our client fell was because the escalator malfunctioned and stopped suddenly, causing her to fall.