CLARKSBURG – A couple is suing Schindler Elevator Corporation for a malfunctioning elevator that caused injuries.

On June 20, 2016, Dean E. Bower was a passenger in an elevator maintained by Schindler when the elevator malfunctioned, according to a complaint filed Feb. 26 in Monongalia Circuit Court and removed to federal court March 23.

Bower claims the elevator went into an uncontrolled descent and came to an abrupt and unexpected stop, causing him to sustain serious bodily injury.

Schindler owed a duty to the plaintiff and the general public to maintain the elevator in a reasonably safe condition and to protect and warn of the dangers of the elevator in the event of it malfunctioning, according to the suit.

Bower claims the defendant failed to inspect the dangerous and/or hazardous condition; failed to repair the dangerous and/or hazardous condition; failed to take reasonable steps to remedy the dangerous and/or hazardous condition; failed to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition; and failed to exercise reasonable care under all of the relevant surrounding circumstances.

Bower and his wife, Ginger S. Bower, are seeking compensatory damages. They are represented by Kelly R. Reed and Tamara B. Williamson of the Law Offices of Kelly R. Reed.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia case number: 1:18-cv-00063

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