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Hotel guest alleges Econolodge negligence caused her injury


By Bree Gonzales | Aug 6, 2018


BECKLEY — A Tennessee woman is suing owners and manager of Econolodge, alleging negligent maintenance of the premises led to injuries to the plaintiff.

Karen Hunter filed a complaint in Raleigh Circuit Court against Smartacus LLC, doing business as Econolodge, Choice Hotels International Services Corp, Choice Hotels International Inc and Medhi Turabi, alleging they negligently maintained the premises by allowing an extension cord to be placed in a way that posed a danger to guests, including the plaintiff.

According to the complaint, on June 15, 2016, Hunter was a hotel guest at Econolodge on Harper Road in Beckley. At about 10 p.m. the suit says, Hunter began to walk along the sidewalk and proceed to the nearest ice machine from her room. She says she tripped and fell over an extension cord that had been placed there by an Econoldge employee.

Hunter says she was injured and incurred and continues to incur medical expenses and loss of enjoyment of life. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants are responsible for the maintenance and management of the common areas, sidewalks and parking lots of the hotel.

Hunter seeks trial by jury, compensatory damages, punitive damages, pre-judgment and post-judgment interests, attorney fees, costs and expenses and all other just and appropriate relief. She is represented by attorney Wiliam R. Wooton of Wooton & Wooton in Beckley.

Raleigh Circuit Court case number 18-C-285-K

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