Hotel guest sues after falling off escalator

Michelle Massey Aug. 17, 2010, 1:44am

A California resident is seeking more than $75,000 in damages after falling off an escalator at a New Orleans hotel.

David M. Corona filed suit against Sheraton Operating Corp. doing business as Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and Schindler Elevator Corp. Aug. 12 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred in August 2009 while Corona was in the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. He claims he was exercising proper diligence and care when he was injured after falling during an escalator accident. Corona states the accident was caused by a power surge or other defect in the escalator.

The defendants are accused of failing to properly maintain its premises, failing to adequately warn against hazardous conditions, failing to properly repair or maintain the escalator system, failing to maintain the premises in conformance with applicable building and safety codes, failing to prevent, repair or warn against unreasonably dangerous conditions and failing to exercise due care.

Corona claims suffering, emotional distress, anguish, inconvenience, grief, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, disability, medical expenses, loss of earnings and earning capacity, out of pocket expenses, court costs and interest.

Corona is represented by New Orleans attorneys David Bowling and Kathryn A. Wasik of Wilson, Bowling & McKinney.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv02727

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