• Highly technical nature of elevator mechanics requires expert testimony to support plaintiffs’ claims.
  • April 27, 2017
  • Law Firm: Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman Goggin P.C. - Philadelphia Office
  • The plaintiffs alleged that they were injured when an elevator located in an apartment building malfunctioned. The 8th District Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to the defendants on the grounds that there was no evidence to place the defendants on prior notice that the elevator had been malfunctioning. Specifically, the plaintiffs offered no evidence to show that the property owner had been aware of any mechanical issues involving the elevator at the time of the incident. In addition, the court found that the plaintiffs did not offer expert testimony to show the cause of the malfunction. Due to the highly technical nature of elevator mechanics, the court noted that expert testimony was needed to support the plaintiffs’ claims. Combined, the plaintiffs’ failure to prove prior notice and causation was fatal to their claims.