Ohio State to Pay $1M Settlement in Fatal Elevator Accident Lawsuit

Ohio State University has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a student who was crushed by a residence-hall elevator more than four years ago.

According to court documents, Andy Polakowski died on October 20, 2006, when he was crushed as he was trying to step off an elevator in Ohio State’s Stradley Hall. As Polakowski exited the elevator, the lift suddenly descended from the third floor with its doors open. His body was wedged between the ceiling of the elevator and the floor of the third-floor lobby.

Andy’s parents, Janina and Kazimierz Polakowski, filed a lawsuit in the Ohio Court of Claims alleging the school was negligent in maintaining, inspecting, repairing, and operating the elevator. The Ohio Department of Commerce inspected the Stradley elevator after Polakowski’s death and concluded that the elevator’s main brake had failed.

The University agreed to pay $1,000,000 to settle the wrongful death lawsuit. The school countersued five companies as third-party defendants.

If someone you love has been injured in an elevator accident, please contact the Iowa Personal Injury Lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., by calling 877-327-2600.

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