The family of a Pennsylvania man has filed a premises liability lawsuit against an airport in Florida after he died last year in an elevator shaft. Plaintiffs assert a malfunctioning elevator resulted in the man's death.
The federal lawsuit names the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, which oversees the airport, as well as the elevator maintenance company. Defendants insist the elevators are safe, and have insinuated the 31-year-old decedent may have been at-fault, as he was found with Xanax in his system and his blood-alcohol level was more than twice the limit.
But even if the victim shared some degree of blame for what happened (called comparative fault in legal terms), his claim is not barred under Florida law.