Virginia Hotel Owner Settles Lawsuit After Child’s Fall

(Image 1)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – The owner of a hotel in Norfolk will pay nearly $11 million to settle a lawsuit over a toddler's fall from a walkway.

Chelsye Clayton's lawsuit against Pride Group Inc. had sought $50 million in damages.

The lawsuit says Clayton's son, Elijah Clayton, fell through an opening in a railway on a second-floor walkway at the company's Ramada hotel. The boy suffered permanent brain injuries. He was 2 years old at the time of the accident on Sept. 4, 2011.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that nearly $4 million of the $10.9 million settlement will be used to pay attorneys' fees and unpaid medical bills. The remainder will be paid to the boy through a special trust and a payment plan.

A Norfolk Circuit Court judge approved the settlement last month.

 


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

blog comments powered by Disqus