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:
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:
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..
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.
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:
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.
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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