Galveston hotel owner sued over falling marble tile files motion to compel
GALVESTON - The owner of a Galveston hotel named in an Oklahoma woman's personal injury lawsuit has filed a motion to compel, recent Galveston County court records show.
Neel Shah Hospitality, Inc.'s 94-page motion, filed Jan. 2, seeks complete discovery responses from plaintiff Shawna Martin.
As previously reported, Martin sued the company nearly a year ago on allegations her young son was injured at the Comfort Inn & Suites on Jan. 14, 2007, during a vacation.
The original petition states Martin and the boy were getting off the hotel elevator when a large marble tile fell from a wall and onto the child’s head, chest and leg.
“Allowing a loose tile which was inadequately secured to the wall….. posed an unreasonable risk of harm and the defendant had constructive knowledge of that risk,” the suit says.
The respondent gave a formal response to the claims last May 31.
It asserts the complainant's written interrogatory answers were "unverified" and her objections and other responses "included meritless objections and omitted information which is relevant to the case."
Martin also failed to provide a medical records authorization in response to a request for disclosure, the motion says.
Attorney Steven C. Howard of Taunton, Snyder & Slade, PC in Houston is representing the defendant.
Case No. 13-CV-123