Perot Museum Staircases Are Not To Be Trusted, Lawsuits Say

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richard wezensky
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is either very bad at building and managing staircases, or is just a convenient entity to blame when people suffer accidents on those staircases. A lawsuit filed last week says that Myung Oh fell down the museum's concrete steps and injured his neck in 2013. The accident rendered him a quadriplegic, the suit says, living in a nursing home and requiring around-the-clock care.

This is the second time in the past year that the Perot-affiliated museum has been sued over a staircase fall.

A few years ago, Ana Morfin was about to enter another Perot Museum entity, the Museum of Nature and Science in Fair Park. Instead, she slipped and fell on her way in, blaming "water on the steps." Her complaint, filed last August, doesn't speculate on where that water came from, but blames the Perot Museum for failing to inspect the staircase and make sure it was safe. Her case is still open and scheduled for a jury trial later this year.

And then who can forget Luis Martos-Uribe, not a slip-and-fall victim, but the man whose finger was severed when he participated in the museum's "Jump" exhibit. He promised to sue last year, though records show nothing filed under his name yet.

Oh's recent lawsuit, meanwhile, argues that his fall could have been prevented if the entrance to the Perot Museum's main campus was normal, like other staircases.

Sure, the current entrance might look cool, but Oh's attorney argues in court filings that it's hard to walk up because its design deviates "from standard practice." He writes that it's especially dangerous for people who aren't holding onto the stair railing. So, if you want be extra cautious during your museum visits, grab onto the rail when you go in and out of the museum, but keep your fingers in your pockets at all times when you're near the exhibits.

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22 comments
Rooster0620
Rooster0620

The world was a much better place before attorneys figured out they could make mad bank by convincing us all we're victims...

ivanclassic
ivanclassic

It would be foolish not to sue, even if it were they're fault.
The museum insurance pays the lawsuit anyway, the Perot's may pay higher insurance premiums for a few years... This happens everyday, the cost to do business IMO.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Can we just ban anyone over the age of 75 from going anywhere without padding on or without being in a stroller? That should fix some law suits.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

Do the stairs meet code? Yes, there is a code standard for height of stairs and the rise for each stair, along with the width of tread. If it does, IMO, the defendant shouldn't get diddly. If it doesn't meet code, he should end up with enough money to own the museum.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

It always makes me cringe when I see people run down stairs without holding on to the railing.   

wezensky
wezensky

Awesome, thanks for using one of my pics (and giving credit). 

roo_ster
roo_ster

Perhaps the museums should offer to fit folks in hockey equipment since they seem hell-bent on throwing themselves down on any hard angular surface.

MeMyself
MeMyself

He actually tried to walk down the stream bed while the water was turned off.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

I'm not buying it. I think people see the name "Perot", and figger it's the best place in America for a slip 'n fall. The brochure rack advertising Jim Adler's office doesn't help either.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

When I see that, I whip out the iPhone and film it, just in case.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

@wezensky were you on your back when you snapped it? looks like you fell down those steps.

wezensky
wezensky

@ChrisYu @wezensky  To be honest, it was so long ago, I don't remember. I have been known to seek unnatural perspectives on some of my shots. There is a good possibility that I was low to the ground on this one.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk

I dunno 'bout that. I'd be afraid he might bring that damn hammer to use if your injuries didn't appear quite profitable enough.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk

Hence, the Hammer.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  

*chuckle*

I'm sure he'll be the first to remind you that 40% of nothing is nothing.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk

He'll only take forty percent.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  

When the insurance companies are giving YOU the brush off, He's there to help you get all you can.

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