Elevator / Escalator Malfunction Possibly Caused Man’s Death at the Plaza Hotel Casino in Las Vegas
Personal injury firm, Benson & Bingham has been contacted by the family of a man found in a pool of blood inside an elevator on the casino floor at the Plaza Hotel. While investigations of said matter are in their infant stages, there have been comments suggesting that the elevator may have experienced a power outage. The deceased is seen on video footage entering the elevator on the nineteenth floor. The next segment of footage displays the door opening at the casino floor with the same gentleman lying on the elevator floor suffering a broken neck, broken nose, and missing teeth. Upon being retained, Benson & Bingham shall immediately file a lawsuit and begin discovery in this wrongful death action. Of most concern is the video footage inside the elevator which has not been released.
The family contacted Benson & Bingham after having previously retained counsel who essentially did not preform any work over the past year (i.e. obtain video footage). In elevator/escalator negligence or elevator/escalator malfunction cases, it is of utmost importance to obtain and preserve all of the evidence immediately to preserve the elevator or escalators condition, as well as being able to retain engineers to inspect the elevator or escalator to determine the malfunction. Further, many witnesses to an event in a casino are likely from out of town. Their statements may play a crucial role in determining what precipitated the events surrounding the event. While most elevator/escalator cases result in broken bones, spinal injuries, hip and/or leg fractures, this family suffered a loss of a husband and father. As discovery unfolds in this matter and maintenance records are obtained with video footage, the truth will surface.