Second lawsuit filed over escalator injuries at Boscov’s

By Patrick Kernan [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE — A Hanover Township man has sued Boscov’s, claiming he was injured when the store’s escalator violently sped up. It is the second such suit filed against the store since October.

Joseph Ferraro and his wife, Maria, filed the suit against the department store chain Thursday, claiming he was injured inside the store’s Wilkes-Barre location after a mechanical failure of an escalator.

The suit also names the Schindler Elevator Corp. as a defendant.

According to the suit, which was filed through Ferraro’s attorney, Angel Mae Webby-Zola of the West Hazleton Zola Law Offices, the Ferraros were at the store on Oct. 9, 2019.

While there, Ferraro claims he was standing on the escalator when it “violently sped up,” causing Ferraro to fall backward. He says the teeth of the escalator continuously dug into his bag, causing damage to both his body and his clothing.

Ferraro is seeking compensation in excess of $50,000, saying he had to undergo “great pain and agony” and incurred extensive physical therapy and other medical bills.

Notably, Ferraro’s injuries occurred the day after Webby-Zola filed a very similar suit against Boscov’s on behalf of Viola Shemanski, who claimed she was also thrown from an escalator.

In Shemanski’s account, the escalator also suddenly sped up, throwing her from it. She fell, causing a head injury and a broken rib.

It is not immediately clear from the suits if Ferraro and Shemanski were injured on the same escalator, or if multiple escalators in the store have had the same mechanical failure.

Attempts to reach both Webby-Zola and Boscov’s for comment were not successful Thursday afternoon.

Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan