BEAUMONT – A Florida man alleges a malfunctioning treadmill at a Beaumont hotel injured him.

Donald Depappa filed a complaint on Jan. 19 in the Jefferson County District Court against Sue Lodging Inc., doing business as Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, alleging that the premises manager breached its duty to exercise ordinary care to keep its premises in a reasonably safe condition.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on May 23, 2017, he was a business invitee at defendant's Suburban Extended Stay Hotel in Beaumont. He alleges he was using a treadmill in the exercise room when the treadmill's belt slipped, causing his knee to buckle. He alleges suffered and will continue to suffer medical expenses, pain, mental anguish, loss earnings and physical impairment. 

The plaintiff holds Sue Lodging Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to take the malfunctioning treadmill out of service, failed to maintain the treadmill and failed to repair it.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits of the court, prejudgment and post-judgment interest, court costs and such other and further relief to which he is justly entitled. He is represented by J. Trenton Bond and Chris Portner of Portner Bond PLLC in Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court case number D-201191

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