Date of Settlement :February 18.
Court and Case No.: C.P. Lackawanna No. 11-CV-4671.
Judge: Terrence R. Nealon.
Type of Action: Premises liability.
Injuries: Fractures, disc herniation, paraparesis, mixed substance abuse in remission.
Plaintiffs Counsel: Jamie J. Anzalone, Anzalone Law Offices, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Defense Counsel: Scott D. McCarroll, Thomas, Thomas & Hafer, Harrisburg.
Comment: A man who fell about 30 feet down an elevator shaft has reached a $675,000 accord with the cultural center where he and his fellow caterers were setting up an event, his attorney has announced.
According to court records, plaintiff Patrick Barrett was working as a caterer for The Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre and setting up a party for a local community organization at the Scranton Cultural Center in September 2009. At some point during the day of the event, it became known that one of the two elevators at the facility was not working. Luis Lozano, who worked at the cultural center and was a named defendant, asked the caterers for help fixing the elevator, including Barrett.
There were two elevators at the facility situated next to one another. The one on the right was not working, so Lozano stopped the left elevator on the fourth floor of the building so he could access the shaft to try to fix the right one.