The family of a 22 year old woman from New Jersey who fell down two stories and seriously injured herself when she fell down an elevator shaft in Fenway Park is now suing for damages. The lawsuit names the Boston Red Sox and the elevator company as defendants.
The victim – 22 year old Elisabeth Scotland who hails from Brigantine, New Jersey – filed the papers on Wednesday in Boston’s Superior Court against the Fenway Sports Group and the Otis Elevator company. The damages being sought have not been specified as of now.
Team Says all Elevators at the Park are Safe
Scotland fell down the shaft when a closed elevator opened as she brushed against it. The fatal fall caused her serious brain damage and traumatic spinal injuries along with severe dental and facial fractures. Red Sox has as of yet refused to make a comment on the tragic accident and the only statement that they released said that all the elevators at Fenway Park are safe and sound and that the team and the management wished Scotland a speedy recovery.
It certainly is not safe to stand near any elevator door. Otis’s accident attorneys are still reviewing the lawsuit apparently. The company has declined to make a comment on the events so far.
Victim Suffered Extensive Trauma and Brain Damage
Scotland was taken to the Beth Israel Deaconnes Medical Center in Boston post the accident. She was in critical condition for a long time and her injuries requires intensive medical care and surgery. Boston police and the office of the Executive Office of Public Safety were investigating the case in the initial days. Their preliminary investigation revealed that there was extreme force on the bottom of the elevator door which caused the fasteners that hold the door in place to break open.
The failure of the fasteners to keep the door closed caused a gap and when Scotland brushed against the already weak door it opened enough to create a gap that the woman then fell through. Boston Police were trying to get to the bottom of the mystery and find out what kind of force could have been created that could have caused the fasteners to come undone and trip up the metal back-up safety system that is supposed to keep the doors held in place.
How did this freak accident happen? How does someone fit through those closed doors that barely opened?
New Video Footage Shows how the Accident Happened
The doors of the elevators in Fenway Park were last inspected in February and they were supposedly all in perfect working condition. The preliminary investigators did however surmise that it would have been impossible for a single person to kick the door with enough force to create the kind of damage that it suffered at the time of accident.
Scotland’s fall through the shaft was arrested by a metal car that was stopped at the second floor of the Park. A new video found from the security footage at the Park shows how the elevator door opened up with the slightest amount of pressure, almost like a doggy door. Elisabeth Scotland is still recuperating from the injuries she received in the fall even as her accident attorneys prepare for trial.

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