Mall gets sued after boy’s toes amputated in escalator accident

  • A boy’s toes were amputated after an escalator accident in a mall
  • The boy’s parents filed a lawsuit against the mall owner and the manufacturer of the escalator
  • The mall and the escalator maker were accused of being negligent in maintaining and repairing the machine

The parents of a boy from Trenton, New Jersey, whose toes had to be amputated after his foot got stuck in an escalator, sued the mall owner and the company that manufactured the escalator.

In a lawsuit they filed just last month, the parents said their 7-year-old son was left disabled and disfigured after the escalator accident that happened on December 14, 2014 at the Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

According to the lawsuit, the boy’s right foot was dragged between the step he was standing on and the edge of the escalator. The escalator continued going down, trapping the boy’s foot. The boy’s father tried to pull his son’s foot, but was unsuccessful even when the escalator stopped moving after someone pressed the machine’s emergency stop button.

It took emergency crews 30 minutes to free the boy’s foot. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors amputated his toes. According to the Daily Mail, the doctors continued to operate on the boy’s foot and leg over the course of the next month.

The family, their legal counsel said, was traumatized by the incident. They accused the mall and the escalator company of being negligent in maintaining and repairing the machine.