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A New York businessman is demanding $5 million in damages after he slipped and fell while showering in the Radisson Hotel Charlotte Airport, according to his federal lawsuit against the hotel chain owner.
Jason Renowden fell and was hurt “as a result of the shower area not having a non-slip surface or a suitable device like a mat...” according the lawsuit he filed in October 2018 in U.S. District Court in Buffalo, N.Y.
Renowden suffered “certain severe, permanent and painful injuries, internal as well as external,” after tumbling in the shower in October 2015, according to his lawsuit, which does not specify the injuries.
He faces large medical bills and “will be incapacitated from performing his usual duties for a long period of time,” according to his lawsuit. The document does not say what Renowden does for a living.
Renowden didn’t answer his phone when The Charlotte Observer called him on Thursday and has not returned a message.
In a February 2019 court filing responding to Renowden’s claims, lawyers for Carlson Hotels Management Corp. said Renowden’s carelessness is to blame.
Any injuries “were caused in whole or in part by the culpable conduct, want of care and assumption of risk on the part of the Plaintiff, and without negligence, fault or want of care on the part of these Defendants,” Carlson lawyers said in their response.
The case was transferred in April 2019 to the federal court in Charlotte and was assigned on May 3 to Chief U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney and Magistrate Judge David Cayer, court records show.
Renowden wants a jury to hear the case, but no trial date has been scheduled.