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Mother protests in front of hotel over daughter’s death

Staff Writer, with CNA

A woman who is suing the Westin Taipei over the death of her daughter protested in front of the hotel yesterday.

Weng Yen-hsin has sued the hotel on the grounds that her 23-year-old daughter, who died of an intracranial hemorrhage, sustained injuries from two falls she had while on the job at the hotel in 2005, which led to her death.

Weng’s daughter, Wang Pei-chin (王貝今), died about four weeks after she slipped and fell twice while working as a waitress.

Wang was wearing high heels, as required by the hotel, and fell on a slippery 45? incline in the kitchen that did not have an anti-slip mat, her mother said. Wang fell on her back and struck her head on the floor both on Aug. 6 and Aug. 26, her mother said.


Wang was hospitalized on Aug. 31 and died of intracranial hemorrhage on Sept. 23, after more than 20 days in intensive care, her family said.

The Bureau of Labor Insurance recognized Wang’s death as resulting from an occupational injury and issued compensation. However, the Westin said the waitress died of existing health problems.

“It’s been six years, but the hotel is still turning a deaf ear to us,” Weng said yesterday.

“The hotel has been indifferent,” she said.


Weng said the hotel gave the family a condolence payment of NT$5,000 (US$173) and has shown no willingness to settle the matter.

She said she was suing the hotel for NT$12 million in damages.

Accompanied by members of the Taiwan Association for Victims of Occupational Injuries, she delivered a written protest to the Westin’s public relations manager Sasha Chua (蔡思麗).

“We respect the Wang family’s opinions and understand their feelings,” Chua said.

The five-star hotel said it did not wish to comment further on the case because it was still in the judicial process.

On Jan. 28, the Taipei District Court ruled in favor of the hotel in the lawsuit, saying Wang’s death was not related to the two falls.

Her mother appealed that ruling to the High Court, which is expected to rule on the case on Thursday.

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