Atlanta, GA asked in Personal Injury and Small Claims for Georgia

Q: I was stuck in an elevator at a Marriott hotel for almost a hour with 4 other people that I didn’t know. Should I sue?

It was during DragonCon and I had only been there for 10 minutes. I was going up to the room and the elevator went down and stop real hard. One guy in the elevator said this was the second time it happened he was on it the first time. We were stuck in between floors. It was extremely hot in there and once they were able to open the door we had to climb out with a ladder. They offered me $100 not to sue them.

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Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black

A: You may have a claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress. Some states have the impact rule which requires that there be a physical injury in order to recover for emotional distress. You should retain counsel to investigate if you have a viable claim.

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