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Parents file lawsuit after son dies from brain injury in hotel

Rotating restaurants provide unique dining experiences for patrons in New York or in several other states in the country. These establishments often provide spectacular panoramic city views along with delectable cuisine. What should have been a memorable family experience in such a restaurant in another state turned deadly for a family when their son suffered a fatal brain injury. His parents have recently filed a lawsuit against the restaurant and the hotel in which it is located.

Reports state that a 5-year-old boy was eating with his parents at a restaurant within a hotel owned by Marriott International, Inc. The boy's head was crushed between a rotating mechanism and the wall. He was transported to a nearby hospital after security staff released him from the mechanism. The boy later died from injuries suffered during the accident.

Police officials had claimed in their reports that the boy had wandered away from his parents when the accident occurred. However, the lawsuit refutes that claim and alleges that the family was leaving the restaurant and the boy was walking ahead of them. The parents state that their son did not see the potential danger of a rotating booth until it was too late. The boy was trapped and the mechanism did not stop automatically. The lawsuit also asserts that there was no emergency button to stop the motion.

The parents filed the lawsuit in part to ensure that their story was recorded correctly. Also, their hopes are that no other family has to experience such a devastating loss. The claim against the restaurant and hotel is that the facility acted negligently in not addressing a long-standing safety issue.

Losing a child is a devastating blow to any parent, whether from a brain injury or any other means. However, when that loss comes from the apparent negligence of another party, the situation is even more tragic. Family members who have experienced such losses may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In New York, a personal injury attorney can work with families to seek compensation for their pain and suffering as well as other financial damages, such as funeral costs.

Source: ibtimes.com, "Boy, 5, Fatally Crushed In Atlanta Restaurant's Rotating Wall, Family Sues Hotel", Shreesha Ghosh, Nov. 19, 2017

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