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Updated 08/16/11 – 8:10 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — An Illinois woman, who says she was stuck in her walk-in tub for more than 30 hours last year, is suing the manufacturer.

Anna Cullen, of Oregon in western Illinois, said she paid $12,000 for her tub from Premier Baths of Florida.

According to her lawsuit, the second time she used the tub in September, she missed the seat and became wedged in the front part of the tub.

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Cullen, who is in her 70s, tried to drain the water but the chain on the stopper broke.

“There isn’t any way get her fingers around it and she can’t get it open,” said Cullen’s lawyer, Michael Clancy. “She remains wedged in the tub for more than a day.”

She claims she suffered skin damage after being in the water for 30 hours and is seeking more than $50,000 in damages

Premier Care released a statement Tuesday night saying the allegations are “totally without merit.”

“We intend to vigorously defend this and are confident we will prevail in court,” the statement said.

“Premier Care in Bathing’s primary concern is always for our customers and their safety. Our mission is and will remain to provide our customers with the ability to bathe safely and more comfortably and to allow them to remain in their own homes longer. We have provided thousands of Premier Care Bathing customers with safety, independence and the ability to remain in their homes. All products manufactured by Premier have undergone the strictest testing, and are IAMPO (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials) approved.”

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