Knocked over by an automatic door
An elderly woman was walking into a big box store through a set of automatic
sliding doors. The doors were already open when she started walking toward
the doors. As she crossed the threshold, the doors suddenly closed on
her and she was thrown to the ground.
Michael Panish, Legal Expert for Automatic Doors, was retained by the plaintiff’s
attorneys to inspect the doors and review the door service records to
determine what caused this accident. Through discovery, the store manager
testified that the doors were simply turned on when opening the store,
and turned off to close the doors at store closing. Mike learned the store
did not have a service contract, which could have ensured regular inspections
of the door system. A service provider was only called as-needed.
Mike determined that the Big Box Store was responsible for this injury
by not doing daily safety checks of these doors. Just turning them on
and off is not considered a safety check. A daily inspection of the doorway
and doors should have been done to assure that the doors and door sensors
were working properly. This case ultimately settled in favor of the plaintiff.
Mike Panish, Door Expert Witness, is retained by attorney’s representing
plaintiff and defense for all types of door injury and door wrongful death cases.
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