MGMRI stalls in lawsuit filed by family of injured resort guestLos Angeles Post-Examiner

MGMRI stalls in lawsuit filed by family of injured resort guest

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — The attorney representing the family of a girl who was severely shocked last summer at the MGM Resorts International owned National Harbor Resort in Maryland told WRC-TV News4 Washington, DC on Thursday that MGMRI is using stall tactics after the family filed a lawsuit.

Zynae Green, now 7, was at an outdoor fountain of the MGM National Harbor Resort when she was shocked and went into cardiac arrest in June 2018. Zynae spent two months in a hospital with severe injuries.  She has since been moved to an acute care facility, where she is “permanently and totally disabled,” according to the lawsuit.  She will need care for the remainder of her life.


Attorney Benedict Morelli, who is representing the Zynae’s family in the civil lawsuit told News4, “This is a tragedy that MGM is making worse and worse and worse.”

“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.

Morelli said that MGM is not responding to the lawsuit and stalling at the family’s expense. On Monday Morelli filed an additional motion to move the case along.

News4 reported that Prince George’s County Maryland inspectors said 120 volts of electricity circulated through Zynae’s body as she held one charged railing and placed her feet on another.  County inspectors said the railings were improperly installed, violating a number of building codes.

MGM Resorts International spokesperson Debra DeShong said, “We were disappointed that we were unable to reach an agreement last November when the lawsuit was filed but continue communicate with their representatives to try to reach an amicable solution.”

The 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 was necessary to power the handrail lighting.

MGM National Harbor is located on the banks of the Potomac River and has a casino, hotel, entertainment and stores.  In 2013 MGM won state licenses in Maryland to build the $1-billion dollar luxury resort.

On the night of June 26, 2018 Prince George’s County, Maryland police officers were first to arrive on the scene and began CPR on Zynae.  An MGM security officer who tried to help her, was himself shocked, and sustained non-life threatening injuries.  Fire department personnel continued performing CPR on Zynae as they traveled to the hospital. She regained a pulse but was still unconscious.  Zynae remained in critical condition.

Zynae was a healthy normal 6-year old girl prior to being shocked.

“Everything is wrong about this, everything is wrong, and I hope and trust that they’ll make it right,” Morelli said.

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Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a United States Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 35 years of real-world investigative experience. He has 19 years experience in a hotel and casino environment, 14 of which were in security management positions. In 1986 he was awarded Criminal Investigator of the Year by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. Contact the author.

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