A woman was killed late Wednesday night when she fell from the rooftop patio of the W Hotel in Washington DC fall accident. According to witnesses, the victim, who had been drinking, climbed over the patio fence and dangled on an overhang before falling 10 stories.
The woman, who has been identified as 47-year-old Stephanie Huebner, landed on the sidewalk. She was pronounced dead at the DC injury site.
Authorities are claiming that Huber’s death was a suicide. However, the DC medical examiner’s office has still not ruled on her cause of death.
Obviously, at this time, the specifics of what happened are not known. Was Huebner’s death an accident or a suicide? Could the hotel have done anything to prevent the fatal from happening? Was the patio designed so that no one could easily fall or jump from there? Was Huebner really inebriated when she fell? Was she obviously under the influence, and if so, did hotel staff serve her liquor even though she appeared drunk? Was Huebner at fault in causing her death? Should someone be liable for her Washington DC fall accident?
Hotels know that accidents can occur on their premises and it is important they make sure that the make sure that the appropriate safety measures in place to prevent such incidents from occurring. Examples of Washington DC hotel accidents that can result in injuries or wrongful death:
• Sexual assault
• Pool or spa drownings
• Swimming accidents
• Slip and fall accidents
• Fall accidents from balconies, patios, roofs, or staircases
• Carbon monoxide poisoning
• Physical assault
• Food poisoning
• Step and fall accidents
• Trip and fall accidents
Woman falls to her death from rooftop of the W Hotel, Washington Post, June 28, 2011
Stephanie Huebner dies after fall from W Hotel roof, WJLA, June 29, 2011
Related Web Resources:
Proving Fault in Accidents on Dangerous or Defective Property, Nolo
More Blog Posts:
Washington DC Escalator Accident Injures 52-Year-Old Metro Rider, Washington DC Injury Lawyer Blog, April 28, 2011
Maryland Fall Accident?: Police Probe Death of Man Discovered in Trash Chute, Maryland Accident Law Blog, August 16, 2010
Woman Sues Ocean City, Maryland Hotel Over Carbon Monoxide Deaths of Her Husband and Daughter, Maryland Accident Law Blog, February 21, 2008
If you or someone you love was injured in a hotel accident, you should contact our Washington DC premises liability law firm to find out whether you have grounds for a case.