Certificate of discovery filed in suit over fall in hotel shower

David Yates Feb. 15, 2011, 9:38am

A certificate of written discovery was recently filed in suit over a local woman's fall in a hotel shower.

Theresa Summerlin and her husband, Ellis, filed a suit against the Courtyard Marriott Brownsville and its manager, John Hernandez, alleging she slipped in a shower because the hotel failed to provide a non-stick surface on its floor.

In their suit filed June 18, 2009, in Jefferson County District Court , the Summerlins say they were spending the night at the Courtyard Marriott on June 17, 2007, when Theresa slipped and fell while showering, striking the floor and landing on her back.

On Nov. 17 the hotel filed a certificate of written discovery, sending a request for admissions and interrogatories to the plaintiffs, court records show.

The suit alleges Courtyard Marriott Brownsville and its manager negligently failed to discover the dangerous condition, failed to apply non-slip decals and failed to warn the Summerlins of the dangerous condition.

The Summerlins are seeking unspecified actual and punitive damages, plus interest at the highest legal rate, attorney's fees, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Brandon P. Monk of The Monk Law Firm in Port Arthur represents them.

The defendants are represented by Beaumont attorney Ross Holiday Jones of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is presiding over the case.

Case No. E184-321

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