Univ. of Houston faces lawsuit from student over faulty elevator

By John Suayan | Feb 3, 2018

HOUSTON – The University of Houston faces a lawsuit from a student who claims she rode a faulty elevator, recent Harris County District Court records show.

Fort Bend County resident Katlyn Gupton initiated legal action on Feb. 2, stating the incident occurred on Apr. 4, 2016.

Per Gupton, she was on her way to class when she entered the elevator. Said elevator allegedly malfunctioned and plummeted to the ground.

“After hitting the ground, the plaintiff was tripped inside the elevator for approximately 30 minutes in extreme heat with no ventilation,” court papers say.

The complaint further explains that Gupton was ultimately freed only to faint in class.

The university is faulted for failing to properly inspect and maintain the premises in addition to failing to provide advanced warning to the plaintiff.

Consequently, she seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Harris County 152nd District Court Case No. 2018-7261

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