Guest's bathtub fall lands O'Fallon hotel owner in court

By The Madison County Record | Sep 24, 2014

A woman who allegedly broke her arm in a bathtub at an O'Fallon hotel is suing.

Sharon S. Lauterbach and Randy Lauterbach filed a lawsuit against D&D Lodging on Sept. 12 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

According to the complaint, Sharon Lauterbach was staying at Hilton Garden Inn in O'Fallon on Dec. 9, 2012, when she fell in the bathtub. She says she was stepping into the tub to take a shower when she slipped and fell.

Sharon Lauterbach says she fractured her arm and wrist in the fall. She accuses the owner of the hotel, D&D Lodging, of failing to provide a bathmat or apply anti-skid material to the tub to prevent patrons from slipping.

She is seeking more than $50,000 in damages for medical expenses, pain, mental anguish and lost wages. Her husband, Randy Lauterbach, is seeking more than $50,000 for loss of consortium.

Attorney Gregory L. Shevlin, of Belleville, represents the couple.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 14-L-634.

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