By Wen Yu-te and Jason Pan / Staff Reporters
The Taipei District Court on Friday dismissed a woman’s lawsuit against the now closed Sherwood Taipei hotel, where she claimed she was injured three years ago after slipping on a wet floor.
The court ruling said the plaintiff, surnamed Chung (鐘), did not seek medical attention immediately after falling at the hotel on March 7, 2019 and waited more than a month before going to the hospital. ‘hospital.
Chung, who worked for a tech company, was on her way to a hotel dinner when she fell in the lobby, allegedly damaging the cartilage in her left knee, according to court documents.
She later sued the hotel for NT$5 million ($168,040 at the current exchange rate) in compensation, claiming it was responsible for her injuries because staff failed to mop up water from rain that had accumulated in the lobby and did not put up warning signs. It said.
In his filing, Chung said the NT$5 million figure was calculated based on his medical bills, the cost of paying a caretaker while he recovers, and his lost wages during that time.
Sherwood Taipei management testified that Chung was wearing high heels when she slipped, but she got up and did not seek medical attention.
She then spent two hours in the restaurant, during which time she did not complain to staff of any injury or discomfort, they said.
When staff called Chung the next day, she said she had no problem walking, adding that there was no need to worry, they said.
However, on May 8, she contacted the hotel asking to pay her NT$5 million for the knee injury, but hotel executives said they believed she might have sustained the injury. in other circumstances and refused to pay, according to court documents.
In addition to waiting a month for treatment, Chung reportedly didn’t tell a doctor about his fall until two months after the incident, according to the ruling.
“The case lacked objective evidence to prove that his slip was directly related to his knee injury, so there is no reason to hold Sherwood Taipei responsible for the injury,” the court filing said.
The verdict can be appealed.
In February, the Sherwood Taipei hotel closed after 32 years, citing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the travel and hospitality sectors.
Since its opening in 1990, the hotel has received renowned international guests such as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former US President George HW Bush, director Ang Lee (李安) and Hong Kong movie stars Chow Yun-fat (周潤發) and Andy. Liu (劉德華).
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