Posted on Mar 25, 2024

Attorneys Russell Button and Ashley KnarrBRANSON, Missouri – The Button Law Firm’s experienced child injury lawyers, Russell Button and Ashley Knarr, are joining forces with St. Louis-based Finney Injury Law to assist in pursuing justice for three Jefferson County Families. The families are seeking justice through a lawsuit filed against the Grand Plaza Hotel in Branson, Missouri. The lawsuit began after an incident in the hotel’s pool caused serious injuries to multiple family members. The families are suing for gross negligence of the hotel's pool maintenance; the families claim that the pool was carelessly shocked with strong chemicals, like chlorine, while children and adults were swimming. The incident occurred on Mother’s Day Weekend in May of 2021.

Earlier this year, the lawsuit against the hotel gained widespread media coverage, prominently featured in outlets such as The Kansas City Star, Leader Publications, and the esteemed trade publication Hotel News Resource.

What Happened at the Grand Plaza Hotel in Branson, Missouri?

According to the filed complaint, a hotel employee used a commercial-grade pool cleaner marked with a clear warning: "No one can be in the pool when chemicals are being added directly to the pool." Despite this explicit instruction, the hotel's maintenance team failed to provide warnings or instructions to the families and other guests in the pool area.

The consequences were severe, with 12 children requiring medical attention, including one young girl who suffered permanent damage to her lungs and throat. The swimmers reported immediate adverse reactions, such as burning eyes and skin, chest tightening, bloody noses, and vomiting.

How The Families’ Lawyers are Working Together to Get Justice

Russell Button and Ashley Knarr are committed advocates for families, focusing their legal practice on litigation that promotes safer communities across Texas. With a proven track record, they consistently hold negligent daycare centers, schools, and supposed "family-friendly" facilities accountable for their actions, particularly when it comes to harm inflicted on vulnerable children. Additionally, both attorneys are distinguished members of the Texas Super Lawyers List, highlighting their experience and dedication to upholding the highest standards of legal representation. Through their relentless advocacy, Button and Knarr contribute significantly to the well-being and protection of families throughout the state.

“When multiple children suffer serious injuries, and one faces lasting health issues due to a preventable incident, our collective goal remains steadfast: prioritizing safety above all,” says Button.

Knarr adds: “Our commitment to these families extends beyond the courtroom. Before the summer travel season gets underway, we hope this case forces Grand Plaza Hotel and other resorts to review safety policies and have the right systems in place to protect even the youngest guests."

Two Law Firms Collaborate to Get Justice for These Missouri Families

By bringing The Button Law Firm’s experienced child injury attorneys onto the case, Attorney Chris Finney, shares how the collaboration will ultimately help the families who are seeking justice for their injuries. “Seeking the experience of The Button Law Firm isn't just about expanding our resources—it's about ensuring our fight for these families is comprehensive and rigorous. Working with Russell and Ashley ultimately accelerates the journey to justice so these families can move forward.”

Learning More About Hotel Premises Liability Incidents and Accountability

Delving into hotel premises liability incidents sheds light on the importance of accountability and safety within the hospitality industry. Guests deserve a secure environment, and hotels bear the responsibility of providing just that.

If you find yourself or your family grappling with the aftermath of a hotel premises liability injury, like what happened at the Grand Plaza Hotel in Branson, it's crucial to seek legal guidance promptly.

How The Button Law Firm Helps Families Move Forward After a Catastrophic Injury

Our experienced team at The Button Law Firm is dedicated to assisting you in understanding your rights and pursuing the recovery you and your family deserve. Don't hesitate to reach out for a free case evaluation to ensure that justice is served and that your concerns are addressed with care.

You and your child’s safety matter, and we are here to help you navigate the legal complexities surrounding hotel premises liability incidents. To contact our team, call us at (214) 699-4409, email us at [email protected], or fill out a contact form. You can also reach out to us by starting a chat.  

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