A lawsuit that was originally filed against Stone County based Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation in Taney County will now be heard in Stone County following a request for change of venue by the plaintiff’s attorney.
Helen and Dennis Olson filed the suit in January. They allege that an elevator door on the Showboat Branson Belle closed on Helen Olson last fall, causing her to be severely injured.
The complaint states Helen Olson was on the ground floor elevator on October 13, 2010, when the door closed on the right side of her body, and “fractured a femoral stem component in her prosthesis.” The complaint states Helen Olson has suffered physical and emotional injuries. The lawsuit says those injuries are “permanent, disabling and progressive." The couple is also asking that their medical expenses be reimbursed.
The lawsuit says Herschend Family Entertainment did not maintain a safe environment and Otis Elevator Company failed to exercise care when installing, maintaining and updating the elevators on the tourist attraction.
Herschend Family Entertainment spokesperson Lisa Rau says the company does not usually comment of pending litigation.
An attorney for Herschend Family Entertainment says the change of venue to Stone County was a simple matter to get it back to the county of origin.