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The Homestead denies responsibility for man's injuries

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Hot Springs luxury hotel and spa The Homestead has denied in U.S. District Court that its negligence caused a Northern Virginia man to plunge down a flight of stairs.

Allan Christian, of 20934 Winola Terrace, Ashburn, filed a $250,000 lawsuit against The Homestead in June.

It states he'd been staying at the resort the year before and fell down a flight of stairs during a power outage.

The power had been out for about 40 minutes -- during which time hotel staff didn't hand out candles or flashlights to guests -- when Christian, who was in a hotel restaurant, decided to head toward the bathroom, using "the furniture and staff to guide his movement," according to the suit.

It states he didn't realize he'd stepped into a stairwell, which didn't have emergency lighting, and fell down 14 steps. He was driven by hotel staff to a local hospital, according to the suit.

The Homestead filed a response Tuesday, according to online court records. The response denies Christian's allegation that the resort "negligently placed plaintiff in an unreasonably dangerous situation by failing to provide ample lighting in the premises so as to insure the Plaintiff and other invitees could traverse the premises without injury."

The response also denies the extent of injuries Christian alleges in his complaint, and asks for "strict proof of each and every element of damage." It also alleges Christian was "guilty of contributory negligence" and had assumed risk.


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