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Lewis v. Westinghouse Electric Corporation

Illinois Appellate Court
487 N.E.2d 1071 (1985)


Lucille Lewis (plaintiff) claimed she feared suffocation and serious physical injury while stuck in a stalled elevator in her apartment building for forty minutes. The incident gave her an unstable angina and aggravated her preexisting heart disease and hypertension. As a result, Lewis sued the company that serviced the elevator, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and the owner of the building, Chicago Housing Authority (defendants), for negligent infliction of emotional distress. The trial court dismissed the suit for failure to state a cognizable claim. Lewis appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Jiganti, J.)

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