Galveston hotel sued over woman's fall

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Feb. 18, 2013, 2:46pm

GALVESTON - After she slipped and fell at a Galveston hotel almost two years ago, Margaret Foster pursues legal action. 

Foster is suing Fertitta Hospitality LLC, doing business as The San Luis Resort, Spa & Convention Center, in response to the alleged May 9, 2011, incident.

Recent court documents filed Feb. 13 in Galveston County District Court show Foster was at the defendant's property for a court clerk training seminar.

On the first night of her stay, she slipped on the marble floor in front of a door, the suit says.

According to Foster, her fall was caused by puddles of water which were apparently the result of a leaking air vent.

She claims the respondent's workers looked at the vent "on at least two occasions," but failed to fix it.

"The defendant knew or should have known that a leaking air conditioning vent above a marble floor poised a serious risk of injury to its patrons," the original petition says.

"Due to the slick surface, the plaintiff fell and was injured."

Foster says she sustained injuries to her neck, back and shoulder, adding she required surgery and physical therapy.

Attorney Chance A. McMillan with Thurlow & Associates P.C. in Houston is representing the complainant, and Galveston County 56th District Court Judge Lonnie Cox is presiding over the case.

Case No. 13-CV-225

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