Can I Sue the Hotel for My Injuries?
When going on vacation, we look for the nicest hotels and resorts. We want to enjoy our free time and relax. And yet, sometimes vacations do not always go as planned. In today’s blog, we will be looking at the necessary steps to take when involved in a hotel accident.
Types of Injuries Suffered as a Hotel Guest
So, imagine you are walking in a hotel lobby texting and your trip. Ouch!! It hurts. You were not paying attention. Now, imagine you are walking in that same lobby, slipped and broke your hip because the floor was wet. Well, now we can talk about claims and suing. Here are a few common accidents in a hotel:
- Food poisoning
- Pool incidents
- Elevator or escalator accidents
- Falls downstairs
- Slip and falls
- Bed Bugs
Can I Sue the Hotel for My Injuries? Your Rights as a Hotel Guest
Basically, any hotel is subject to premises liability. They are liable for your injuries if you are hurt because of their negligence. Any injuries sustained on its property may qualify as the hotel’s responsibility and you have the right to sue for fair compensation.
But keep in mind that your rights to safety at a hotel are not limited to your room. This duty of care extends to all premises including:
- Parking lot and garage
- Shuttle Bus (Owned by the hotel)
- Meeting rooms
- Fitness Center
- Swimming pool
- Common areas
- Public restrooms
- Restaurants (inside the hotel)
What To do If Injured in a Hotel?
You were injured in the hotel and now you want to sue. And yes, you are right!! Struggling to pay those pilling medical bills due to the hotel injury should not be your responsibility.
You might decide to sue because your injury has affected your life as well, caused pain and suffering, lost wages, disability, and trauma.
There are many ways you can be hurt, but the most important thing is proving that negligence was involved. To prove negligence on the part of a hotel, victims must gather evidence. Begin collecting valuable evidence from the moment you are injured:
- Request to talk to the manager and ask for a copy of the incident report
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Talk to witnesses and get their statements
- Take pictures and video of the scene, the cause of the incident, and your injuries.
If you have been injured during a hotel visit or stay, you may have a claim against the hotel. Facing the insurance and trying to win the claim on your own could be a challenge. You might want to contact a skilled personal injury attorney to discuss your rights and compensation for any loss you have suffered.