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Pennsylvania hotel scene of premises liability suit

A Pennsylvania hotel is being sued on the basis of premises liability by a woman who claims she was injured as a result of an unsafe business practice consistently used by the hotel. Representation for the hotel is requesting that the suit be transferred from the state to the federal court for reasons of diversity jurisdiction and claims that the compensation amount is over the limit that can be rewarded in state court. The amount of damages being asked for in this premises liability case is $50,000 per count named in the suit.

The woman claims she was injured in a fall on a sidewalk that was damaged as a result of the hotel using the sidewalk as an unofficial loading dock. The suit alleges that there is no city permit that allows loading and unloading activity to take place on the sidewalk. The suit also alleges that preference is being shown by the city to the hotel in allowing this to occur.

The woman says she has suffered numerous back and leg injuries as a result of a fall taken because of damaged sidewalk in the area surrounding the hotel. She has been seen by several doctors who concur with her complaint. She also said she contacted the hotel before she filed her suit but was told any insurance claims she submitted would be rejected.

According to the suit, the Pennsylvania hotel has still not taken steps to repair the damaged sidewalk. It is up to the property owners to maintain the public area around their establishment so that members of the public are not endangered when on the property. The compensation for damages the woman is seeking in this premises liability suit will hopefully help her live her life to the fullest despite the injuries she has suffered.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, Phila. Ritz-Carlton accused in suit of maintaining illegal 'makeshift loading dock' that led to injuries, Jon Campisi, Sept. 3, 2013

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