Lawsuit Filed in 2010 Palmer House Banister Death

Woman's family says event hosts, hotel allowed guests to over-indulge in alcohol

By Lindsay Smith
|  Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012  |  Updated 8:25 PM CDT
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Family Sues Hotel After Woman's Fatal Fall

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The family of a teacher who fell to her death while sliding down a banister at he Palmer House Hilton in 2010 has filed a lawsuit against the hotel and the hosts of the event she was attending.

James and Deborah Duskey, the parents of Megan Duskey, filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming negligence on the part of the hotel and the hosts of the ball, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Megan Duskey fell four stories while at the Palmer House Hilton's "Haunted Hotel Ball" in October of 2010.

Duskey, who was 23 at the time of her fatal fall, attempted to slide down the railing and fell four stories after losing her balance. She was already dead from head trauma when police arrived at the scene, officials said at the time.

The Palmer House Hilton said it would cooperate fully with a police investigation after the incident, and police ultimately ruled the death an accident.

Duskey was a special education teacher at Orville T. Bright Elementary School at the time of her fall.

The lawsuit names Hilton Worldwide, the Palmer House Hilton, Surreal Chicago and Adrenaline Y2k as the defendants. It faults the hotel and event hosts for allowing the guests to over indulge in alcohol without providing adequate security.

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