Man Sues Omni Hotel After He Fell into Koi Fishpond

On June 24, 2021, a Harris County resident filed a complaint in the Harris County District Court against TRT Development Company – West Houston a/k/a Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, TRT Holdings Inc., Omni Hotels Management Corporation, and Omni Hotels Corporation (hereinafter “Omni Hotel Defendants”). The man asserts causes of action for premises liability and negligence against the Omni Hotel Defendants as a result of an incident that caused him to sustain injuries in the koi pond (“incident”) caused by a dangerous condition on the premises.

On February 22, 2020, according to the lawsuit, the man was a guest at the Omni Hotel Defendants’ Omni Houston Hotel located at 4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056. The petition states that, while walking through the Omni Houston Hotel lobby, the man fell in a dangerous indoor pond that contained koi fish. His petition further alleges, “the edge of the pond was at floor level and there were no barricades or warning signs advising unsuspecting patrons that the koi pond was present.” The man alleges this is a dangerous condition on the premises.  The man further claims that the dangerous condition was “exacerbated” by poor lighting in the Omni Houston Hotel lobby. The man claims the incident and falls into the koi pond caused him to sustain serious bodily injuries and damages, including a severe ankle fracture among other injuries.

In the lawsuit, the man alleges the Omni Hotel Defendants’ negligent actions and omissions on the premises at the time of the incident were a proximate cause of the incident, including his injuries and damages resulting from the incident. Specifically, the man claims the Omni Hotel Defendants had control of the premises in question, including the lobby where the koi pond was located; that the dangerous koi pond posed an unreasonable risk of harm to the man—which was exacerbated by poor lighting; that the Omni Hotel Defendants had constructive knowledge of the dangerous koi pond; and that the Omni Hotel Defendants failed to exercise a reasonable degree of care in order to reduce or eliminate the unreasonable risk of harm created by the dangerous koi pond. Further, the man alleges, the Omni Hotel Defendants failed to adequately warn or places barricades or signs in the area where the koi pond was present.

The man seeks monetary relief for damages resulting from, among others, medical expenses both past and future, past and future pain and suffering, disfigurement, and mental anguish, among others.

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