Insurance adjuster falls down elevator shaft in Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE — A car insurance adjuster was rushed to the hospital with fractured bones after falling down a condo elevator shaft during a meeting with a client, authorities said.

The accident happened Tuesday afternoon, moments after the insurance adjuster walked out of an elevator at Las Olas by the River condominium with a client who lived there, said Bob Rathmanner, who manages the building at 520 SE Fifth Ave.

The leash of the client’s dog got stuck in the elevator when the doors closed behind them, Rathmanner said. The insurance adjuster, whose name has not been released, tried to help his client free the animal.

When they pried open the doors, the insurance adjuster fell into the shaft, falling three stories to the bottom of the shaft, authorities said.

The building manager said the man could be heard at the bottom calling for help.

“He was conscious. I think he’s going to be OK,” Rathmanner said.

The man was taken to Broward General Medical Center with serious injuries, FortLauderdale Fire-Rescue spokesman Matt Little said.

Alexia Campbell of Sun Sentinel