The family of a 10-year-old Paramus, New Jersey girl who was injured in an escalator accident earlier this year has filed a lawsuit against department store giant Macy’s.
CBS New York reports that the girl was back-to-school shopping in August at the Macy’s in Garden State Plaza Center when her right foot became entangled in the escalator.
A bystander tried to help by pressing the emergency stop button, but the girl’s foot and leg became entangled nonetheless. It took a contingent of police officers and first responders to free her leg and even then, they could do so only after she was gravely harmed.
Since that time, the girl has had to undergo 15 surgeries. Even with such extensive medical treatment, she has lost two toes and needs to learn to walk again. Her father told a reporter he wouldn’t wish his daughter’s experience on anyone.
The family’s attorney has said that the gap between steps was twice as large as it should have been. Had it been as narrow as it ought to have been, he said, the little girl would likely have never been hurt.
The lawyer called the escalator a “death trap” and a “tragedy waiting to happen.” Evidently, this escalator, which was built in 1958, was one of the oldest ones in the entire states. The family is asking for $10 million in damages.
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