Octogenarian Sues Apple For Collision Related Injury

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) —  A Queens woman is suing Apple for $1,000,000 after smashing her face on a glass door at a Long Island Apple Store.

Evelyn Paswall, 83, claims that the glass doors at the front of Apple Stores pose a risk to the elderly.

Paswall’s attorney Derek T. Smith told the Post that,“Apple wants to be cool and modern and have the type of architecture that would appeal to the tech crowd, but on the other hand, they have to appreciate the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses to some people.”

Paswall claims that she didn’t realize that she was walking into a wall of glass as she approached the store, and says that she broke her nose as a result of the collision.

Her suit claims that “The defendant was negligent . . . in allowing a clear, see-through glass wall and/or door to exist without proper warning.”

As of Saturday warning strips had been posted on the glass at Apples Manhasset store.

Does Paswall deserve the settlement? Was Apple negligent? Let us know in our comments section below…

  • Alice

    i hope granny isn’t driving.

  • Smitty

    Guess she’s part of that 99% those loons with signs keep shrieking about.

  • Common Sense

    Apple screwed themselves on this one. By putting up the warning tape days after the accident, the are conceding that it should have been there…

    • YoLawya

      Exactly – they admit there was a hazard. Pay the lady, but not a million. If there is a code violation they will have a hard time getting out of this.

  • mdb130

    20 years ago, when I was working part time at an upscale department store in suburban New Jersey, a small “boutique” for high-end dresses was installed within the women’s department, set apart from the rest of the store by glass walls. Even then, the building designers knew enough to place etchings on the glass at eye level so that people would be aware of the clear partition. I understand the pressure to be sleek and modern, but there is also an obligation to be safe and practical.

  • teddynovak

    “the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses”? GLASS? WTF? Too bad it’s too late to sterilize her so she doesn’t reproduce.


  • Jim

    So what I need to know is that if she didnt think there was a door there, then why was she walking int o a glass wall, an dis she did think there was a door there then she shuold expect it to open. I hope she didnt drive there. and also if she isnt aware enough to operate a door, then she propbal has no use for the products inside


    She probably didnt save enough money for retirement and is looking for a payoff…these people make me sick…damn Freeloader!

  • Mike Harris

    I wonder, over the years, how many lawsuits she has filed. I bet plenty, little scammer is she.

  • Zarniwoop

    another case of “I’m an idiot, give me money”.

  • BillyBob107

    Ha, her nose probably looks better after the stupid accident that was her fault.

  • redruffansore

    Buy glasses Granny, the taxpayers aren’t liable for your stupidity or visual failure.

  • jimpeel

    If this had been a revolving door this suit would never have been lodged; because she would still be going ’round, and ’round, and ’round.

  • http://inthepublicinterest.wordpress.com tnmccoy

    Sounds like this woman shouldn’t be let out alone. If she can’t open a door without walking into it, then she needs help and not a ridiculous lawsuit to cover her own problems.

  • mike

    Good, hope she wins, until Apple gets their S…together and improves their flaws, keep suing.

  • jimpeel

    Here we have another contender for the Stella Award.


  • JGreg

    A different article describes the Apple window wall —
    “A key architectural concept for Apple’s stores is to erase the boundary between the sidewalk and the interior of its retail stores. This is accomplished by using expensive, low-iron glass that is nearly invisible, and by eliminating window frames or other boundary features. In some cases the front glass drops into the floor and has no visible frame that might warn pedestrians of the glass.”
    It’s not just a case of a person walking into a normal glass door. If the Apple people are trying to make the glass virtually invisible, then yes, they have some culpability in the accident.
    The link to the above quote also has a video of a different person walking into the window wall..

    • Zarniwoop

      In my experience stores usually come equipped with a f*@#$ front door, it’s just common sense.

  • Richard

    One way to resolve this case is for Apple to sue the woman for breaking the glass and impeding sales, with damages of a million. Apple can then say if you drop your suit we’ll drop ours. Of course they’d lose more in business than they would gain in the settlement.

  • reaperadams

    She’s lucky. They could’ve had a revolving door. She would’ve never left alive.

  • denny

    Stores ALL have doors – anyone not aware of this fact should not be loose on the street

  • Ranger01

    The old broad needs glasses, it is as simple as that! this is another useless law suit, that should never go to trial.

  • k

    An entire wall of glass w/ glass doors should be marked clearly— w a strip of color, a bright color like red or bright blue. Glass can be hard to see, esp for older people. The injury would not have happened w/ conventional construction. I agree that the store’s goal is to seem modern and trendy, not safe. If some one gets hurt, they should take responsibility. Not worth a million dollars though. Store should pay her med bills plus maybe 5-10 thousand.

  • Elizabeth

    What I’d like to know is how she managed to get INTO the store if she is so unable to see the door.

  • http://lipcash.wordpress.com lipcash

    If they are negligent due to a rule where they have to notify people of a glass door then all they should have to pay is her doctor bill. Lawsuits like this are lame because she’ll get millions for a doctor bill. And we wonder why the cost of insurance, lawyers, and hospital bills are so high…

  • http://lipcash.wordpress.com lipcash

    people shouldn’t put hot coffee between their legs.


    I sympathize with this gal but she too has a responsibility to be more careful and use her ability to get around in public places. The store did not purposely subject her to a accident but she makes it sound like it was premeditated and planned for the elderly to be hurt… Responsibility works both ways and the store realizes the potential for a real problem.

  • Neuromancer

    I too have been the victim of clear glass. In fact, I bumped my head trying to climb out of my car through the front windshield just the other day.

    I’m suing GM for a billion dollars because you can see through glass and I have no common sense or a sense of personal responsibility.

    • http://inthepublicinterest.wordpress.com tnmccoy

      If I agree with you, can I have part of the $billion? It’ll be covered by the owner, the US Treasury, anyway.

  • JustSayNoNow

    She shouldn’t be allowed out of the home.

  • The Bruce

    Is this woman so stupid as to believe that the door handles were floating in mid-air?

  • J.S. Cunningham

    Just another case of a human too inept and incometent to perform routine daily tasks seeking a jackpot settlemement for their own failings. We as a society tolerate this nonsense. We only have ourselves to bkame.

  • John

    She wants to sue Apple because she chose not to employ more common sense than a bird?

  • Bob Barker

    Glass is used all over the place for walls, windows and doors, but for some reason this lady is one of a few people who can’t see it. Could it possible be related to her age? Additionally, if she couldn’t see the door then how did she know where to enter the store from since the whole storefront is also glass? And why a million dollars? Even if Apple was at fault, a bruised ego and a small piece of tape over your nose does not equate to $1,000,000 in damages.

    • One of Barker's Beauties

      Just another entitlement-baby trying to get something for nothing.

  • snapcat

    How does an 83 year old woman with poor eyesight move fats enough to “smash” her face into a door and break her nose?

  • Hunk of Beef

    What’s an 83 year old doing going into an Apple Store? You all know this was a setup by her family who hope to get her inheritance sooner than later.

  • Martin H

    They don’t need signs on the glass. Just leave her face print on the window as a warning to all the other people out there who are too stupid to walk into a store without hurting themselves.

  • BlogMagog

    Why do we need to compensate Idiots? I’d make her get an eye exam, I guarantee it is poor… in fact if she is still driving, Apple should ask her license be revoked pending her eye exam.

    Then bring the lawyer up on frivolous charges. I hate lawyers.

  • Sam E Moore Jr

    I hate to admit it at 68 … but I did the same thing at the Apple Store in my City .
    I was too embarrassed to sue Apple plus the only thing really Hurt was my ego and not paying attention .

    • Ev

      yea… but do you feel it was sue worthy? $1,000,000 worth? I’ve broken my nose and had nose surgery and it doesn’t cost that much…. i should’ve sued the builder of my house though, cause I hit the wall.

  • GD

    If she was carrying hot coffee and spilled it on herself while walking into the door, she could sue the coffee vendor and Apple at the same time. Double payday.

  • Ev

    If this actually goes through than I am sad for our Judicial branch, and I won’t be proud… everyone is sue happy because they do something stupid… She obviously walked into the building, so how did she forget that there were doors to the building?

  • GD

    What is Granny doing at the Apple Store? Was she looking to buy iDEPENDS?

    • Ev

      she was looking to get some iMONEY from them…. since stealing is bad, she did the next best thing….find a way to sue them

  • LeeT

    …she thought she was entering a grocery store?

  • Thomas

    There should be an APP to detect invisible glass doros…

    • GD


  • Martin

    I just smacked my face against Apple’s iCloud. This is also completely transparent. Shall I also sue them?

  • bert

    This can only happen in the USA, hahaha…Perhaps the woman from Queens needs to realize that she’s 83 and her eyesight is not as good as it was…she approaches a building…Do we need to place large signs on the building saying “LOOK OUT HERE’S A BUILDING, DON’T WALK INTO IT”…

    If this is actually taken serious, Apple (and other stores) can go out of business, as many other people will suddenly run into a glass door / wall and sue the company for being stupid to look ahead…

    Maybe our country is a bit of the opposite of this, but if I run into a glass wall because I don’t pay attention, they will ask me if I’m OK, but EVERY JUDGE will laugh if I want to sue the company…

    Ahh well…some st*pid laywer will have his hands full on this and make a lot of money on this…paid by the taxpayers (indirectly).
    And you wonder why you have a national debt of 15 Trillion Dollars :-)


      We need a loser pay law so bad I hope Apple fights this woman into bankruptcy…people like her make me sick…damn freeloaders!

    • Ev

      hahaha… She knows that she is old and thet her eyesight is bad, that’s why she walked into the door so she could try to sue them…. I agree our country takes this serious than…. wow…. it would be safe to say that we have to wrong people in our courts

  • Bob Forsberg

    She was stupid when she was 23, 53 now 83. She should get money from Apple now that she’s old and blind?

  • Joe Blough

    What do you expect from the poor gal? She probably couldn’t see so well and figured she could see better if she went there and bought an “eye” pad!

  • Matt

    Everyone stop. Realize how ridiculous this is. 1,000,000$ for a broken nose? Have Apple put strips on the door, send the little old lady a letter of apology and be done with it.

    What the hell is wrong with America?


      We all pay for this idiocy in the long run…I hate people like this damn freeloaders.

  • Amused but not misled

    The courts are a prize awarding system for the incredibly dull. Protect me from my own dim wittedness. Geez.

    What’s this ambulance chasing lawyer’s name?

  • Donna Cormier

    A lot of elderly people don’t have the sharp vision and depth perception they used to have. Even nursing homes make adjustments to this with the dishes they use for serving their meals. An elderly person might have a difficult time finding a serving on mashed potatoes on a white plate. This is true….just sayin’

  • Jack

    She’s 83? And uses Apple products? Yet can’t see well enough to detect a glass door? What am I missing here?

  • Amused but not misled

    At the least the old bag did not spill hot coffee on her crotch. That’s worth millions AGAIN>

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