Condo resident alleges Otis Elevator's negligence caused injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 15, 2018

CLEARWATER — A Dunedin condo resident is suing Otis Elevator and the condo association, alleging negligence caused an elevator to fall at an excessive speed.

Roseane Demarco filed a complaint Oct. 30 in Pinellas County Circuit Court against Otis Elevator Company and Pipers Ten Condominium Association Inc., alleging failure to follow applicable safety guidelines and regulations.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 4, 2016, at the condominium property at 423 Paula Drive S., Dunedin, Demarco was taking a down elevator, manufactured by Otis,  to the dispose of garbage. The suit says the elevator fell at excessive speed and ended with an abrupt stop underneath the ground floor.  

Demarco says she sustained bodily injuries, resulting in pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of earnings, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses and aggravation of a previous existing condition.  

The plaintiff alleges Otis Elevator and Pipers Ten Condominium Association permitted and allowed a dangerous condition to remain on the premises, failed to inspect, discover and correct the dangerous condition, and failed to properly warn Demarco of the dangerous condition.

Demarco seeks trial by jury, compensatory damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest, and court costs. She is represented by attorney Eric J. Paolino of Shocklee Paolino PA in St. Petersburg.

Pinellas County Circuit Court case number 18-C-7095

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