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Court Orders MGM to Respond to Lawsuit From Family of Girl Shocked at National Harbor

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    Court Orders MGM to Respond to Lawsuit From Family of Girl Shocked at National Harbor
    Zynae Green

    A judge has ordered MGM to respond months after the family of a girl severely shocked at National Harbor filed a lawsuit.

    Zynae Green, 7, was at an outdoor fountain on the west side of the Maryland resort when she was shocked and went into cardiac arrest in June.

    On Thursday, the Green family's lawyer, Benedict Morelli, said the little girl still cannot speak or walk and she's receiving 24-hour care at the family's home. The lawsuit filed in November says she is "permanently and totally disabled" and she will require care for the rest of her life.

    Morelli said a trial date was set for Feb. 10, 2020.

    Attorney Says MGM Stalling After Child Shocked at National Harbor

    [DC] Attorney Says MGM Stalling After Child Shocked at National Harbor

    The attorney for the family of a girl severely shocked at National Harbor last summer says MGM is using stall tactics after the family filed a lawsuit. Tracee Wilkins reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019)

    "We hope that the case gets resolved before that, but if it doesn't, I can assure you that I'm going to be here with my team to get justice for the Green family," he said.

    "They've destroyed a family and destroyed a little girl's life who's now 7 years old and her life is altered forever."

    MGM still hasn't responded to the lawsuit, arguing that it doesn't have enough information.

    "For them to make this motion and say, 'We can't answer your complaint. We need a more definite statement' when you have a video of the happening of the accident, seemed a little disengenuous to me and I'm being kind," Morelli said.

    MGM must respond to the suit within 10 days, a judge ruled Thursday.

    An MGM spokesperson issued the following statement to News4:

    Family of Girl Disabled by Shock at MGM National Harbor Sues

    [DC] Family of Girl Disabled by Shock at MGM National Harbor Sues

    Zynae Green's family filed a lawsuit today after she was shocked at MGM National Harbor in June. Tracee Wilkins reports the family — saddled with medical bills — claims the casino company put business before safety.

    (Published Monday, Nov. 19, 2018)

    “We are heartbroken over the suffering of the Green family due to the tragic accident that occurred last year. We are continuing to seek a resolution with representatives of the family in the hopes that this can reach a timely conclusion.”

    Zynae Green spent two months in a hospital after the electrocution with severe injuries before she was moved to a acute care facility temporarily.

    Once healthy and vibrant, Zynae can't speak or move.

    “She needs 24/7 care of nurses she also needs doctors she also needs equipment ‘cause she has a trach tube and she has a feeding tube, and this is forever,” Morelli said in January.

    County inspectors say 120 volts of electricity circulated through Zynae's body as she held one charged railing and placed her feet on another. Inspectors say the railings were improperly installed, violating a number of building codes.

    The family's lawsuit alleges the electrical contractors and inspectors were urged to finish their work quickly at the expense of safety. According to the lawsuit, the 120 volts was 10 times more than necessary to power the handrail lighting.

    Girl Shocked at MGM National Harbor Celebrates Birthday

    [DC] Girl Shocked at MGM National Harbor Celebrates Birthday

    Zynae Green's mother, Rydricka Rosier, shared a video on Facebook of the family celebrating the little girl's 7th birthday in the hospital on Sunday. "Thanks to everyone for celebrating but it breaks my heart that she is here and not at home. Five months since MGM did this to our family and still no help from them," Rosier wrote.

    (Published Monday, Nov. 19, 2018)

    MGM National Harbor spokespersons said in January that crews were refitting the railings that shocked Zynae and removing the electric component.

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