Second slippery tiles suit filed

LIHUE — A second suit in one month was filed against the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa for slippery tiles.

Sydney and Priscilla Yamasaki, residents of Clackamas County, Oregon, are suing the resort and Kawailoa Development for an injury that occurred on Dec. 11, 2012. Sydney was a guest of the hotel and slipped on a flagstone tile while walking along a designated resort walkway to have dinner at the Tidepools Restaurant. 

As a result of the fall, Yamasaki suffered and sustained bodily injury and is seeking expenses for medical and rehabilitative care. The complaint holds the Hyatt liable for injury and responsibility to maintain the safety of the walkway. 

The complaint, filed in 5th Circuit Court on Nov. 18, by the Honolulu firm of Trecker & Fritz, is the second flagstone-related injury filed against the resort in one month. 

Calls to Hyatt were not returned.

Kristee and Scott Bedgood of Fountain Valley, California, filed suit in 5th Circuit court on Nov. 5, through their Honolulu attorney, Dan Colon. The complaint names the Grand Hyatt Hotel and Spa responsible for a fall that occurred on Dec. 2, 2012.

The couple arrived on island the night before the accident to celebrate their 27th wedding anniversary. They were touring the grounds and taking photographs the following morning when Kristee followed the flagstone walkway though the property toward the ocean and fell.

There were numerous slip rugs in place at various points, according to the complaint. Kristee fell and fractured her knee while negotiating a slippery turn on the walk where there was no rug. Paramedics responded and she was transported to Wilcox Memorial Hospital emergency room.

Kristee has since had several surgeries and therapy to repair damage to her knee, incurring over $47,556.71 in medical expenses so far. Her doctors say that a knee replacement is likely.

The suit claims that Hyatt breached its duty to maintain the walk, and to caution or control access when it was hazardous.

Colon said the statute of limitations to file was nearing and that although negotiations with the resort are ongoing, it was important to have the complaint ready in the event they do not resolve the matter.

No hearings have been filed in either case.


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