A man is seeking over $150,000 in damages from a Pennsylvania hotel after a fall in the shower caused him to suffer from a concussion. The slip-and-fall accident took place at the Hampton Inn in Carlisle on Aug. 26, 2012. After slipping during a shower, the man claims that he hit his head on the wall and lost consciousness for a short period of time.
When the man visited an area hospital after the fall, he was determined to have sustained internal bleeding and a concussion. Those injuries apparently caused the man to experience headaches, memory loss, vision loss and decreased motor functions. The man consequently lost some of his potential earning capacity while his medical costs increased.
The plaintiff blames co-defendants Hilton Worldwide, Inc. and Hersha Hospitality Trust for negligence that led to the slip-and-fall accident. According to the plaintiff, both entities are responsible for the absence of slip protection on the floor of the shower. The management company is blamed for failing to inspect the facility thoroughly and for determining that the showers were safe. Since communicating with the hotel about his intention to sue, the plaintiff has learned that the hotel bathroom was updated. The complaint alleges that this action was a deliberate effort on the part of the defendants to hide evidence. Meanwhile, his wife has filed a separate claim against the defendants seeking damages of more than $150,000 for the loss of her husband’s companionship due to his injuries.
If a slip-and-fall accident occurs as a direct result of hazardous conditions, there may be one or more parties who are liable for the injuries. An attorney might be able to assist a plaintiff in the process of filing a premises liability claim to seek compensation. In some cases, the spouse of the injured victim may also file an additional claim to seek compensation for loss of consortium as in this case.
Source: The Pennsylvania Record, “Western Pa. hotel sued for concussion from shower slip,” Jim Boyle, August 25, 2014