Tia Benton Mar. 26, 2013, 4:17pm

NEW ORLEANS – A local branch of a national hotel chain is being sued on claims of damages for injuries sustained by a handicapped guest.

Anne G. and Timothy Conwell filed a lawsuit against Days Inn Inc., Days Inn Hotel 10020 I-10 Service Road New Orleans, La. and Nguyen, Nguyen & Vu LLC in the Orleans Parish Central District Court on Jan. 22.

The Conwells claim that while registered guest at Days Inn, Anne Conwell, who suffers from a handicap, fell and broke her right arm, ball and socket joint of her right shoulder, struck her head and suffered severe injuries to her hip and back. The suit claims that the fall was a result of the defendant’s parking area not having a handicap ramp or other access from the parking area onto the walkway and entrance to the first floor level rooms.

The defendant is accused of failure to provide a safe access/handicap access from the parking lot to the elevated walkway in front of the room assigned to the Conwell’s.

An unspecified amount is sought for pain and suffering, mental anguish, embarrassment, humiliation, permanent disability, medical expenses and loss of income/ earning capacity.

Mark W. Smith of Metairie-based Mark W. Smith APLC is counsel for the plaintiff.

This case has been assigned to Division D Judge Lloyd J. Medley.

Case no. 2013-728.

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