Compensation for Hotel and Resort Accidents and Injuries
When Is a Hotel Liable for Accidents and Your Injuries?
You usually go to hotels for a leisurely getaway, a good night’s rest, or even for important events. What you expect from hotels and resorts is that they provide the services and safety that you are paying for. What you don’t expect is that you could get seriously injured during your stay.
Hotels and resorts owe all of their guests a duty of care which involves keeping them safe throughout their stay on the premises. So, when is a hotel or resort responsible for covering the costs of your injuries in the case of an accident?
The premises liability attorneys from West Coast Trial Lawyers are here to explain to you your rights to filing an accident injury claim and pursuing compensation for your injuries from a lodging premises liability accident.
Hotel Accident and Injury Liability
Hotels, resorts, motels, and other lodging facilities are responsible for your injuries when they breach their duty of care to you as their guest. If you get in an accident caused by the fault or negligence of the hotel owner or staff, they could be held liable for your injuries.
However, in order for the claim against the hotel for causing your injuries to be successful, you must prove four points:
- The hotel owed you a duty of care as their lawful guest, meaning that you were not a trespasser.
- The hotel breached their duty of care to you as their guest through being negligent to your safety.
- The hotel’s negligence was the cause of the accident and subsequent injuries.
- You suffered damages, such as personal injuries, mental health repercussions, or financial losses, as a result of the accident.
If you can prove all of these four aspects regarding the hotel accident and your personal injuries, you could file a successful insurance claim or lawsuit with the help of an expert personal injury attorney.
7 Kinds of Accidents That Can Happen in a Hotel
There are several kinds of accidents that can take place on the premises of a hotel or resort. These accidents can happen at any of them – from the types of places that are a little old and run-down to the brand new ones with plenty of fun and cool attractions. Any way that they occur, these accidents and injuries are ones that are sure to ruin your stay as a hotel guest.
Here are the common kinds of accidents that can take place on the premises of a hotel or resort:
- Slip and fall accidents can take place anywhere where there is water, slippery substances, or items on the floor. These can result in serious harm, such as broken bones, dislocations, spinal cord injuries, and head trauma, among other injuries.
- Elevator accidents can take place when a person gets stuck in an elevator, caught in between the elevator doors, or falling in or being crushed by the elevator.
- Construction hazards on-site of the hotel or resort premises can also result in injuries. Some of these hazards include electrical wire exposures, falling materials, obstruction of walkways, and more.
- Staircase accidents are common on lodging premises, as well. An unstable staircase banister or step can be a recipe for disaster and can cause someone to fall or slip on the stairs.
- Swimming pool accidents in hotels or resorts with pools on-site are common when there is insecure fencing, inadequate security, or no warning signage. All premises are required to provide sufficient security, such as fencing that properly locks, and have lifeguards on-site of the pool. In turn, they are required to provide adequate warning signs that warn visitors of potential hazards surrounding the premises.
- Assault and sexual assault can occur on the premises of a hotel or resort that doesn’t offer proper lighting, security, or secure locks. Any assault or sexual assault that occurs on the premises as a result of these safety factors or others that the hotel or resort is responsible for is a form of liability. Victims of assault are not injured just physically, but also emotionally. This can result in serious conditions, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Bug infestation or hazardous materials in the rooms or general premises of the lodging premises can cause injuries to guests, such as rashes, cuts, and bruises, for which the hotel would be responsible for.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help
If you have been injured in an accident at a hotel, resort, or other lodging premises, the property owners could be held liable to compensate for your injuries.
The experienced team of premises liability attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are here to guide you through the process of filing a successful personal injury claim and get you the maximum compensation that you deserve.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you won’t pay us anything up-front until we succeed at winning your case. Contact us today for a free consultation by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].