Family of man killed in elevator shaft accident files lawsuit

The family of a man killed after falling down an elevator shaft has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against GSM Land Holdings LTD, Agriservices Management LLC and Garth Merrick.

On November 4, 2013, 22 year-old Cade Klink was working in a building at 1015 S. Polk when he fell down an open elevator shaft and ultimately died of his injuries.

The lawsuit filled in Potter County was filed on behalf of the Klink family by Chad Inderman of Glasheen Valles and Inderman. Inderman stated the reason for the lawsuit is to provide the family with some answers.

"I can promise you Mark and Renessa Klink want their son back, but that's not going to happen," said Inderman in a phone conversation, "So now they want answers as to why it happened, and they want to hold the responsible people accountable however that can be done."

The lawsuit alleges that the elevator had not inspected as required by law. According to a copy of the suit, filed Thursday (Dec. 5), the elevators were not sufficiently inspected or maintained, and the doors did not lock properly.

The suit alleges gross negligence and seeks damages including pecuniary loss, mental anguish, funeral expenses, and court costs.

To see a copy of the suit, click here.