GALVESTON - An Oklahoma woman claims her son was injured at a Galveston hotel and is seeking damages in a suit against the owner.

Shawna Martin filed a lawsuit against Neel Shah Hospitality Inc. on Jan. 25 in Galveston County District Court.

According to the suit, Martin and her 8-year-old son were on vacation in Galveston on Jan. 14, 2007, and the boy was injured at the at the Comfort Inn & Suites in the 6300 block of Seawall Boulevard.

The suit states that as they stepped off the hotel elevator, a large marble tile fell from a wall and onto the child's head, chest and leg.  His bodily injuries were "serious, permanent and disabling," according to the suit.

"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 original petition says.

The defendant is blamed for:

  • Failing to properly and adequately secure the mirror to the wall;

  • Failing to perform an adequate inspection to determine whether there was a hazard present;

  • Failing to repair said mirror; and

  • Failing to warn.

Consequently, Martin seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She and her son are represented by attorney Jeffrey N. Todd with The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd in Friendswood.

Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter is presiding over the case.

Case No. 13-CV-123

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