Lawsuit filed against Austin’s W Hotel for falling glass « Downtown Austin Condos

Lawsuit filed against Austin’s W Hotel for falling glass

by | June 28th, 2011

A lawsuit has been filed against the W Hotel in downtown Austin after two incidents of glass falling from the luxury high rise in the past month.

On Monday, glass fell more than 30 stories onto the street below, damaging at least five cars.

It’s was second time in as many weeks that glass from the building has broken and plummeted. Two weeks ago, glass panels fell into the hotel’s pool area, injuring four people

The lawsuit alleges that the victims that suffered injuries in the first incident were caused by the hotel operator’s gross negligence. The lawsuit said that this is “a sad example of corporations that put profits over safety.”

According to the plaintiff’s attorney, Sean Breen, the victims in the original incident were trying to get the W to shutdown the area to prevent another from happening, but since the W would not do the right thing, they will let the courts decide.

Engineering and glass experts are investigating the cause behind the panels breaking. The hotel has vowed to replace all balcony glass to hopefully guarantee it doesn’t happen a third time.

This isn’t the first time the W hotel chain has had to deal with issues involving its glass. In May, two women fell from a 10th story window at the W in Atlanta, Georgia and one of them died. Witnesses said they were play fighting and bumped into the window, leading to the fall.

The W hotel in Austin opened about seven months ago.

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