CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County woman says a foot injury
allegedly caused by a malfunctioning elevator door has hampered her ability to
work and to care for her disabled son.
Daralene Duncan, her husband, Freddie Duncan, and her son, Codey
Buzzard, filed a lawsuit April 22 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Kone Inc.,
According to the complaint, Duncan, a nursing assistant for
CAMC Health System, had just transferred a patient on the elevator when the
door slammed shut on her foot, causing a fracture on March 28, 2015. The suit
claims the 1958 elevator, which had been allegedly maintained by Kone Inc., was
supposed to have a safety device to keep the doors from closing on passengers.
Duncan says it took her male co-workers five minutes to free her from the
Duncan seeks a jury trial, compensation for permanent injury
and impairment, and reimbursement for litigation costs. She is represented by
attorney Chelsea E. Walker-Gaskins of the Gaskins Law Group PLLC in Charleston.
Judge Joanna Tabit is assigned to the case.
Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-C-607