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Columbus man files suit, claiming brown recluse spider bit him in Amherst hotel


ELYRIA – A Columbus man is suing an Amherst hotel after he said he was bitten by a brown recluse spider while staying there.

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of Craig Allen against DHJR Hospitality, LLC, which owns and operates Motel 6 in Amherst, in Lorain County Common Pleas Court earlier this week.

On Aug. 17, 2018, Allen was staying at the hotel, located at 704 N. Leavitt Road, and was bitten by a brown recluse spider during the night, the suit said. Allen captured the spider the following morning.

As a result of the bite, Allen “suffered a necrotic wound and subsequent cellulitis.”

“The spider infestation in the motel constituted an unreasonably dangerous condition which (the) defendant, through its agents and/or employees, created and/or allowed to exist and had knowledge of,” the suit said. “Defendant owed (Allen) a duty of care to keep promises in a safe and reasonably maintained condition and to not allow to exist a hazardous condition of which it was aware or should have been aware.”

The injuries suffered by Allen from the spider bite required hospitalization, resulted in permanent scarring and incurred an unknown amount of medical expenses, the suit said.

The lawsuit claims Allen has “endured great pain and suffering, mental anguish and a loss of enjoyment of life.”

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.
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