New Orleans Woman Sues Bank After Hand Trapped in Drive Through Teller Machine

December 27, 2011 | J. Price McNamara
New Orleans Woman Sues Bank After Hand Trapped in Drive Through Teller Machine

Earlier this month, a New Orleans woman filed a lawsuit against JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. and its insurance company in Orleans Parish Civil District Court for injuries she allegedly sustained while using a drive-through teller. Megan Henry alleges she was using a drive-through banking device at local Chase Bank branch when a door on the pneumatic tube system which transfers items into the building closed on her left hand. In her lawsuit, Henry claims she suffered injuries to her hand, wrist and arm. She alleges the bank failed to properly inspect the drive through teller machines, failed to take proper care when operating the machines, and was negligent for owning defective machines. Although it is unclear whether she sought immediate medical assistance as a result of the incident, Henry is seeking compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages. In Louisiana, property owners are expected to maintain a certain standard of safety on their premises. Individuals invited onto a business owner's property should expect to safely conduct any business transactions they choose to engage in. When a business fails to maintain safe equipment and conditions, a lawsuit may result. Premises liability claims commonly result after injury arises from a slip or trip and fall, inadequate maintenance, construction accidents, defective conditions, and inadequate security. Generally, the victim of an injury may recover for past and future medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and compensation for other damages such as past and future pain and suffering. Because each damages award is fact specific and depends on the extent of an individual's injury, it is important for a hurt person to seek immediate medical care for any injuries stemming from unsafe conditions on a business owner's property. If you were injured due to an unsafe condition while invited onto a business owner's property, a skilled Louisiana premises liability attorney can help. If you have questions about an injury you sustained due to another person's negligence, J. Price McNamara, an experienced Contact J. Price McNamara ERISA Insurance Claim Attorney, can explain the types of damage awards you may be eligible to receive. J. Price McNamara will guide you through the legal process and is willing to negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. He handles personal injury cases throughout Louisiana including Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville, and Lafayette. If you would like assistance with a personal injury claim, call J. Price McNamara today at (866) 248-0580. You may also contact him through his website.

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