Family asserts defect in hotel treadmill caused man's fatal head injury

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Dec 23, 2013

HOUSTON - The family of a man who allegedly sustained a fatal head injury while working out at a Houston hotel has pursued legal action, recent court documents say.

The late William Lake III's widow and their three minor children filed a lawsuit against Marriott Hotel Services Inc. and Exer-Tech Inc. in Harris County District Court on Nov. 14. 

Houston federal court received the case on Dec. 18.

At the time of the events of last May 15, Lake was a paying guest at the Houston Marriott George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

During his stay, he went to use the property's exercise room where he got on a treadmill maintained by Exer-Tech, according to the suit.

The suit alleges a "defective" condition in the treadmill caused him to fall and strike his head.

"As a result of this fall, Mr. Lake suffered a serious injury to his head which in turn resulted in his death," the lawsuit claims.

His survivors fault Marriott for failing to address the treadmill's allegedly dangerous condition while Exer-Tech is blamed for allegedly failing to properly maintain and repair the device.

Consequently, the plaintiffs seek unspecified monetary damages.

They are represented by attorney Randall O. Sorrels of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston.

Case No. 4:13-CV-3696

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