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Woman sues hotel over injuries to her hand

A WOMAN is suing the Hyatt Regency in Superior Court for injuries to her hand that, she said, was violently struck by a hotel-kitchen door.

Estelita Stovell, through attorney Matthew J. Holley, filed the lawsuit against Saipan Portopia Hotel, doing business as Hyatt Regency, for negligence.

Stovell wants to be awarded an unspecified amount of damages to be proven at trial. She is also demanding a jury trial.

According to the complaint, on or about Feb. 4, 2018, Stovell was trying to open the exit door from Hyatt’s kitchen when one of the staffers pushed the same door to enter the kitchen.

Holley said the door was located  near the lobby, near the left side of the Miyako Japanese Restaurant.

Holley added that the door had no  “Push” or “Pull” sign, and its design prevented a clear view of who was entering from either side.

He said there were no signs or adequate notices to warn people of the danger that the door posed.

Holley said his client’s hand was violently struck by the door, adding that she suffered personal injuries.

According to the lawsuit, Hyatt has a duty to reasonably and prudently design and maintain its premises including floors, doors, and ingress and egress areas in a safe condition.

But Hyatt, the lawsuit added, failed to properly ensure the door was safe; failed to properly design or construct the door; failed to provide a proper sign; failed to ensure a safe environment; and failed to properly provide adequate notice warning individuals of the dangerous condition in the area.

Holley said as a direct and proximate cause of the defendant’s failure, Stovell sustained economic and non-economic damages, serious personal injuries resulting in hospitalization, medical expenses, future medical expenses, loss of income, loss of earning capacity, severe pain and suffering and emotional and mental distress. He said his client also suffered diminished quality of life.

Regardless of whether the Hyatt employee was acting within the course and scope of her employment, the defendant is independently liable for creating a hazardous condition, the lawsuit added.

Variety was unable to get a comment from the Hyatt.