A Melbourne woman has launched legal action against Jupiters Hotel and Casino after she slipped on wet tiles in a bathroom and was seriously injured.
31 year old Rebecca Giarrusso was holidaying on the Gold Coast in 2014 when she entered a female bathroom near the main gaming area of the casino.
She stepped onto a tiled surface and lost her balance, before falling into a wall, hitting the floor and injuring her knee and collarbone.
Ms Giarrusso said she had no warning that the floor was still wet from being mopped and was so dangerously slippery.
“I had to stay in Queensland for an extra week because the doctors wouldn’t let me fly and I even had have family fly up from Melbourne to help me home,” Ms Giarrusso said.
“The toilets weren’t barricaded or closed while they were being cleaned, so I thought they would be safe.
“The only warning that cleaning was in progress was a sign that was out of sight – you actually had to walk on the wet tiles before you could see it.
“I’ve been recovering for the last two years and still have ongoing pain; I really hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
Slater and Gordon Lawyer Travis Schultz said his client sustained serious injuries, which has limited her work options ever since.
“Ever since she returned from Queensland, Ms Giarrusso has needed ongoing rehabilitation and physical therapy,” Mr Schultz.
“Restaurants, clubs and venues all have a duty of care to their patrons and there’s no excuse for failing to maintain a safe environment.
“Something as simple as an adequate warning sign outside the toilet doors could have avoided this incident and the resulting injuries that continue to plague Ms Giarrusso.”