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CdA Hotel Faces Suit Over Door Lock

An Oregon woman is suing Best Western at 506 W. Appleway/Coeur d'Alene for an injury she suffered while trying to get out of her room after her door lock got stuck in August 2012. Dianna Niermann filed suit through her attorney, Monica Flood Brennan, as a result of the incident. After she discovered she was locked in the room, the lawsuit said, Niermann called hotel management, which sent a janitor. The suit said: "The maintenance person attempted to help her open the door and advised her to use her hand to push hard on the door handle." Niermann claims she suffered an injury to her hand and wrist, as a result. She was locked in her room for over three hours. The suit claims Best Western was negligent and is asking for damages in excess of $10,000, as well as cost of her attorney and the lawsuit.

Question: How would you rule if you happened to be on the jury in this case?

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