David Yates Sep. 5, 2013, 2:38pm

Americas Best Value Inn has answered litigation brought by a motel guest who alleged she cut her heel on a gate surrounding the pool and is asking that the plaintiff put a dollar amount on the litigation.

Liberty County resident Donna Rudolph sued the motel April 12 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show Americas Best Value Inn answered the suit on June 3, asserting a general denial and taking special exception to the fact that no maximum dollar amount sought was stated in the suit, as required by Texas civil law.

According to the lawsuit, on Aug. 11, 2012, Rudolph was staying at the Beaumont motel with her children and grandchildren. As she passed through the pool gate, the gate swung behind her hard, causing a jagged rusty spike to strike her ankle.

“The exposed … spike dug into her Achilles and took out a plug of flesh, causing her extreme pain and bleeding,” the suit states. “Ms. Rudolph sought help from the hotel staff, but she was pointed in the direction of an ice machine by a hotel employee.”

Because of the injury, Rudolph could not drive and work and might require surgery before she can fully recover, the suit claims.

The plaintiff is suing for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages.

Attorney Andrew Gertz of Gertz Adair Law Firm represents her.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B194-239

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