This case involves an eleven-year-old girl who was riding an elevator while shopping with her family. The girl was shopping for back-to-school merchandise in a large department store with her family. The girl was wearing laced-up high-top sneakers at the time. While she and her family were riding the escalator, the girl’s foot became trapped in the escalator. When the girl got near the top of the escalator, her foot became caught. The girl screamed and cried for help and her foot became trapped in the jagged teeth of the comb plate of the escalator. The girl’s leg was sucked into the escalator mechanism. There was a large amount of the girl’s blood and tissue that was left on 11 steps of the escalator. The escalator kept going upwards and another customer had to use the emergency stop switch to turn the escalator off. The girl’s leg was trapped in the escalator to about mid-calf. The girl lost a great deal of blood in the accident and she also suffered kidney failure. The girl’s foot was severed off in the accident and her lower leg reconstructed. She was required to participate in physical therapy for her lifetime as the result of the accident. The escalator had first been installed in 1958 and was one of the oldest escalators operating in the state. A machine automation expert was sought to opine on the case.