Jamaican resort denies liability in suit over broken lounge chair

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Mar 21, 2017

The owners and operators of a Jamaican resort say a guest’s own negligence caused her alleged injuries when she sat in a broken lounge chair.

The owners and operators of a Jamaican resort say a guest’s own negligence caused her alleged injuries when she sat in a broken lounge chair.

Roberta Vogt filed the complaint on Dec. 15 against Sagicor Life Insurance Co and Aimbridge Hospitality.

According to the complaint, Vogt alleges that on Nov. 30, 2015, she was a guest at the defendants’ golf resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, when she sustained a laceration on her right leg from a broken lounge chair.

She alleges the defendants failed to inspect the defective lounge chair, failed to repair or replace the lounge chair and failed to warn her of the dangerous condition.

Sagicor Life Insurance and Aimbridge Hospitality answered the complaint on March 2 through attorney Paul Rauschenbach of the Law Office of Craig Hansen in St. Louis.

They argue that Vogt’s alleged injuries were caused by her own negligence in failing to keep a careful lookout for her own safety, failing to exercise caution commensurate with the conditions of the chair and failing to see and observe an open and obvious condition on the chair.

Vogt had previously filed a motion for summary judgment on Jan. 31 through attorney Jeremy Gogel of The Gogel Law Firm in St. Louis.

She seeks a judgment in excess of $50,000, plus court costs.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-661

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