The daughter of a High Court judge is suing the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for more than $1.5 million after slipping on a lobby staircase and badly injuring her hip. Elizabeth Gall, 29, has been forced to resign from her $27,000-a-month job as a senior merchandiser in a mail-order fashion house as a result of the accident, a writ says. The accident occurred when Ms Gall, whose father is Mr Justice Thomas Gall, was attending a dinner at the Central hotel on July 27, 1995. It had been raining and the floor and staircase, which were paved with black marble, were wet, it is alleged. Ms Gall took a few paces and walked down the staircase but her feet slipped and jerked backwards causing her to fall heavily and suffer painful injuries, says the High Court writ. She is said to have suffered increasing pain in her back and hip on the night of the fall. The writ, prepared by her barrister, Karen Cheung, said Ms Gall attended Canossa Hospital for treatment and was discharged with medication and sick leave. She has been left with a stiffness in the left hip and in the back of the left leg after walking. Ms Gall has to avoid prolonged sitting and cannot carry weights of more than about seven kilograms. The writ says the condition of her left hip is unlikely to improve and she is assessed to have suffered a total five per cent permanent impairment. At the time of the accident she was in charge of a company catalogue and needed to be constantly in the office to make decisions. Ms Gall continued to work after the accident, taking sick leave to undergo physiotherapy, but resigned in February last year because of consistent pain and stiffness resulting from the accident, the writ says. She then worked as a private tutor until September last year, when she began a degree course in teaching at Hong Kong University. The Ritz-Carlton Ltd is accused of negligently allowing the floor to become wet and to present a danger to customers. Ms Gall claims $350,000 to $400,000 for pain, suffering and loss of amenities, $858,500 for loss of earnings up to the end of next year and $324,000 for loss of earning capacity.