“…(the plaintiff) unknowingly stepped into a stairwell and fell 14 steps, according to the suit. It states there were no emergency lights above the door to the stairwell or on the stairwell itself. Christians claims he received permanent injuries, and continues to have physical pain, mental anguish and lost wages…”
A Loudoun County man is suing The Homestead in Hot Springs after falling down a flight of stairs during a power outage at the luxury hotel and spa. Allan Christian, of 20934 Winola Terrace, Ashburn, filed the $250,000 lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court, according to online court records.
He was in one of the hotels’ restaurants at about 9 p.m. June 19, 2010 when the lights went out, leaving it “pitch black,” according to the complaint. Resort staff told Christian and other guests the lights would be on again soon, and served food to them, the complaint states. However, candles and flashlights weren’t handed out or placed in areas where people may need to walk, it states.
About 40 minutes after the power went out, Christian got up to move in the direction of the bathroom, and used “the furniture and staff to guide his movement,” the lawsuit states.