The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is facing a million-dollar lawsuit on behalf of a Carrollton man who fell on stairs at the museum and who is now a quadriplegic.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday, says the museum failed to make a portion of the stairs safe, and the man's attorney says the museum focused too much on aesthetics when the museum was designed and built, rather than on safety.
"I think there's going to be a lot of evidence that shows that folks at the Perot knew they had a really dangerous situation out here for their patrons," said attorney Marc Lenahan.
Lenahan's client, Myung Oh, fell on the museum's steps on June 8, 2013.
"They'd just walked the entire museum, had a wonderful day," said Lenahan.
Oh, 74, and his wife from Carrollton were visiting the attraction with their church. Oh was on his way out when he lost his footing while stepping down.
Lenahan says that day, a lighting crew was set up nearby, restricting part of the walkway to foot traffic.
Oh, the father of two adult sons, has medical needs that now keep him living in a nursing home.
Lenahan says the stairs are too tall.
"Texas law says it should be no more than 7 inches, and each of these is 12," said Lenahan.
Lenahan says the museum made alterations to part of the steps, adding a railing, color contrasting and cement barriers, but the lawsuit says it failed to address the area where Oh fell near a water feature, which was turned off that day, making it look like the rest of the stairs.
"We are very sorry about Mr. Oh's injuries, as we certainly put guest safety as our highest priority," said a spokesperson for the museum in a statement. "Our representatives are in communication with his attorneys regarding his claim; however, we are unable to respond further due to this being a pending claim."
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