Tia Benton Jan. 23, 2013, 1:05pm

NEW ORLEANS – An Alabama resident is suing a local Marriott-owned hotel after allegedly being trapped in an elevator and sustaining injuries during an escape from the broken machinery.

Maureen A. King filed a lawsuit against Marriott Hotel Services, Inc., Renaissance Hotel Management Company, LLC, Renaissance Hotel Operating Company, Sodexo, Inc. and John Doe in the Orleans Parish Central District Court.

King claims that while she was a guest at the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel, she and several others became entrapped in the hotel's elevator. According to the suit, the hotel didn’t respond to the emergency call which resulted in two male guests in the elevator prying the door open and creating an opening to escape.  Contrary to King’s will, hotel administrators pulled King by the legs through the opening resulting in her falling and suffering physical injuries.

The defendant is accused of failing to respond to the emergency elevator alarm, pulling petitioner from the elevator and causing her to fall and failing to seek emergency assistance.

An unspecified amount is sought for past medical expenses, future medical expenses, past lost wages, future lost wages, pain and suffering and mental anguish.

The plaintiff is represented by Marc L. Frischhertz of Frischhertz, Poulliard, Frischhertz & Impastato, LLC.

This case has been assigned to Division N Judge Ethel S. Julien.

Case no. 2012-10415.

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