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Hotel Blamed for Complications of Apnea

LAS VEGAS (CN) - A man says he went to bed with sleep apnea and woke up with a wrist disorder, because the hotel where he was staying failed to tell him about a planned power cutoff. Andrew Gold uses a breathing machine that delivers oxygen while he sleeps.

Gold sued the Palazzo Hotel in Clark County Court. He claims hotel officials failed to warn him when he checked in that they were planning a power outage in the early morning hours of Dec. 17, 2008.

Gold says that when the power went off at 3 a.m., the machine stopped and he woke up. He says he stumbled through the dark room to find a light switch, but tripped and hit the palm of his right hand on a nightstand, causing him to develop complex regional pain syndrome, or reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

Gold says had he known about the planned power outage, he would not have stayed at the hotel.

He demands at least $50,000, and says the hotel failed to warn him of the power cutoff, and failed to provide a flashlight in his room for such emergencies.

He is represented by Ralph Rohay.

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