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Hotel Accident Lawyer

Hotels and resorts must exercise reasonable care to ensure the safety of their guests by meeting high standards of security, cleanliness, and maintenance. Otherwise, hotels can be held liable for serious injuries sustained on the premises. 

While booking lodging, most travelers focus on comfort and amenities, but there’s an understood expectation of safety that is compromised when the property owner, management, or staff neglects their duty to provide it. Safety-related duties that hotel staff must perform include:

  • Securing the property
  • Inspecting and maintaining the property
  • Training staff on pool safety
  • Warning of potential hazards (e.g., wet floor, shallow pool, broken elevator)
  • Following food safety regulations
  • Following fire safety regulations
  • Preventing and containing infestations and infectious diseases

Carrying out these responsibilities on a large property requires diligence and dedication, and even one small mistake can result in an injury that causes physical, financial, and emotional suffering for a guest. The most common accidents that occur on hotel property include: 

  • Slip, trip, or fall
  • Swimming and diving accidents 
  • Stair and elevator accidents 
  • Fires
  • Food poisoning
  • Bed bugs 
  • Parking lot accidents 
  • Negligent security that results in a crime

If you were involved in a hotel accident that you believe resulted from negligence on the part of the owners or staff, the law allows you to pursue financial recovery for your short- and long-term harms and losses..

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Damages in Hotel Accident Settlements

An unexpected injury can result in substantial medical costs, missed work, lost wages, an inability to perform tasks and services in the home, and other losses that can be more difficult to quantify in terms of monetary value. The path to obtaining reimbursement for these losses may involve making a premises liability claim, which is a civil action that allows someone injured on someone else’s property to seek financial recovery for the harm done. 

To have grounds for a premises liability claim, you must first be able to prove that the person alleged to have caused the injury owns or controls the property. Second, you must prove that you were owed a duty of care. In terms of premises liability, being an “invitee” entitles you to a higher duty of care; if you were on the premises for the mutual benefit of both parties — in other words, as a hotel guest — you were considered invited and owed a higher duty of care. Last, you must prove that the conditions were unreasonably dangerous, meaning that the danger was foreseeable and avoidable but the person responsible neglected their duty to prevent it. Because of the complexity of many hotel operations, identifying the failure or failures that led to your injury can be complicated and convoluted, so taking steps to ensure evidence is preserved is in your best interest.

What Factors Can Affect Your Hotel Accident Settlement

No two hotel accident-related injuries are alike, and there are countless contingencies that could affect the outcome of your claim. Here are a few major factors that could have a bearing on your settlement:

  • The seriousness of the injury. The nature and severity of the injury will impact the recovery amount. It is not enough to prove that there was an unreasonably dangerous condition that caused the accident; the accident has to have resulted in an injury and therefore loss. Generally, larger losses command larger recoveries.
  • Involvement of a third party. There’s a difference between a slip-and-fall case on a wet floor where no warning signs were present and, for example, a vehicle accident in the hotel parking lot. The difference is that in the car accident, there is another party who could potentially be held liable. Or say that someone breaks into your hotel room and injures you; you could seek to hold that person criminally liable, while pursuing civil action against the hotel for not adequately ensuring your safety. The at-fault party may use the involvement of a third party to attempt to downplay their own liability. Also, the egregiousness of the hotel’s conduct can impact the strength of your case.
  • Vicarious liability. Vicarious liability is a legal term that means someone can be held liable for injuries caused by someone else. In this case, a hotel owner or manager may be held liable for the negligence of an employee that occurred in the course and scope of their employment. Therefore, pinpointing exactly who was careless and why can be an important step to successful recovery in a hotel accident case.
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Why Hire a Lawyer to Help with Your Hotel Accident Settlement

Premises liability is a complex branch of law, and negligence can be challenging to prove. An experienced accident and injury attorney will begin by investigating the circumstances of your accident. It’s important to act quickly in order to preserve evidence, such as footage from surveillance cameras on the property. After all applicable evidence has been gathered, your accident attorney will then assess the best available sources of recovery and seek to hold the at-fault party accountable.

How FVF Can Help

At FVF, our goal is to educate and support people injured in accidents for which they bear little or no fault. FVF Law has specific experience handling hotel accident cases and understands how to help you understand your rights and options. We provide free, no-pressure case evaluations because we want you to feel informed about the life-altering decisions that inevitably follow serious injuries. It is our priority to secure for you the financial reimbursement that will allow you to recover and move on from the accident. Contact us today to schedule a free evaluation, and receive the advice you deserve.

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