It was on October 21, 2019, when 43-year-old Jodi Sulzbach’s life changed. The mother of one told Siouxland News that she went to Sioux City’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for an afternoon of gambling. Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worst when she and her sister took the parking garage elevator.
After the two women stepped into the elevator, preparing for it to take them to their requested floor, Sulzbach said the elevator started swaying and bouncing. What happened next is every person’s worst nightmare. Sulzbach said the elevator “plummeted to the ground.” The woman shared with the news source that is had been “the most terrifying and painful experience she’s ever had in her entire life.”
Sulzbach claims she could feel her back break when the elevator hit the floor. After suffering multiple injuries and having to undergo medical treatment, Sulzbach says she still hasn’t fully recovered from the incident. The mother of one who was once “healthy, active, and able to work full-time and care for her daughter,” is now in and out and of the hospital. She says she also has to wear a back brace for the rest of her life.
Elevator Accident Victim Files Suit
In January, a few months after the incident occurred, Sulzbach filed a lawsuit against the City of Sioux City, Sioux City Entertainment Inc., SCE Partners LLC, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sioux City, and Schumacher Elevator Company. The source highlighted that a jury trial date has been set for April 6, 2021. The source did not disclose how much Sulzbach is seeking in damages for the injuries she suffered.
Did you suffer injuries in an accident that occurred on someone else’s property in Iowa (i.e. government or public property)?
If you answered yes and are looking to recover compensation from the party who you believe is responsible for the accident, you are going to need to retain an Iowa personal injury attorney to help you. After a person suffers injuries in an accident that occurred on someone else’s property, they can file what is called a premise liability claim. But it is worth noting that this type of claim brings with it many challenges, including identifying who all the liable parties are as well as proving they were negligent.
Filing Your Claim Within Iowa’s Statute of Limitations
If you wish to file a premise liability claim against another party(ies), it must be done within a specific period of time known as the statute of limitations. Iowa Code § 614.1(2) states that a victim has two years from the date in which the accident occurred or their injuries became known to file a claim against another party.
To learn more about filing a premise liability claim in Iowa or to have an experienced Iowa personal injury lawyer assess the value of your case, contact Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, P.L.C. today
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