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Fort Worth nurse seriously injured after elevator plunged several floors, lawsuit says

An employee was seriously injured on an elevator

The CEO of John Peter Smith Hospital has penned a letter to the corporation that oversees maintenance of the hospital’s elevators saying it “may have failed to live up to its service and maintenance obligations” when an employee was seriously injured
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The CEO of John Peter Smith Hospital has penned a letter to the corporation that oversees maintenance of the hospital’s elevators saying it “may have failed to live up to its service and maintenance obligations” when an employee was seriously injured

A nurse in a Fort Worth hospital is suing Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corp. after the elevator she was riding plunged several floors causing her serious injuries, according to a lawsuit filed in Tarrant County district court.

Rogena Wright is a nurse at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital and an administrative supervisor at Harris-Alliance. On Jan. 23, 2018, an elevator she was riding at Harris-Alliance fell several stories “causing a violent landing” which injured Wright, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also alleges there had been other incidents involving the elevator shortly before and after the incident that injured Wright. The lawsuit didn’t go into detail about the other malfunctions.

Also named in the lawsuit are two inspectors accused of failing to detect a dangerous condition in the elevator. Thyssenkrupp, the lawsuit says, failed to properly maintain the elevator.

Wright’s injuries included herniated discs, lower back pain, a left ankle injury, bruised arms, headaches, dizziness and numbness/tingling in her head, back, arms and feet. The injuries have kept her from working, the lawsuit says.

She is suing Thyssenkrupp and the inspectors for more than $1 million. A spokesperson for Thyssenkrupp said the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corp. is the same contractor who inspects and repairs elevators at John Peter Smith Hospital, at 1500 S. Main St., where an employee was seriously injured on Jan. 20. The hospital has declined to say how the injuries occurred and has declined to provide an update on the employee’s condition.

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Nichole Manna is an investigative reporter for the Star-Telegram. Before moving to Fort Worth in July 2018, she covered crime and breaking news in Tennessee, North Carolina, Nebraska and Kansas. She is a 2012 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and grew up in Florida.
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