Plano woman sues airport after falling out of cart

By Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau | Apr 1, 2013

SHERMAN - A Plano woman has filed a lawsuit against a German airline claiming that she suffered severe injuries when she fell out of a cart due to the negligence of the driver. 

Maria Marta Morrow filed suit against Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft, doing business as Lufthansa German Airlines, on March 25 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

According to the suit, on March 3, Morrow was scheduled to depart Frankfurt, Germany, destined for Dallas/Fort Worth. Morrow claims that ahead of time she requested wheelchair assistance for transportion from the arrival gate to the departure gate, but no wheelchair was provided.

She alleges she was attempting to board a cart for gate-to-gate transport, but before she could sit down, the driver put the cart under “heavy acceleration.” Morrow crashed to the airport floor and sustained injuries that resulted in surgery, the suit claims.

The driver of the cart is accused of negligently and carelessly failing to operate the cart. The defendant is accused of negligence and gross negligence for failing to safely embark Morrow upon her flight, failing to provide a properly credentialed cart driver, failing to properly train the cart employee, failing to terminate the cart employee for earlier transgressions to passenger safety and for failing to prevent this accident.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of damages for pain suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, pecuniary and economic losses, interest, attorney’s fees and court costs.

Morrow is represented by Jeffrey W. Hightower Jr. and William O. Angelley of Hightower Angelley LLP in Dallas. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Ron Clark is assigned to the case.

Case No. 4:13-cv-00168

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