We typically visit hotels when we’re going somewhere exciting and new, like a vacation or a business trip. They’re a little getaway from our lives, where we can sit back and relax after a long day. For some, a hotel may be quite the opposite. If your hotel fails to take caution for your health and well being, you may end up becoming injured when you should instead be focusing on having a good time.
If you have become injured while staying at a hotel, you need to know what to do next. Find out what to do if you have been the victim of hotel negligence.
How can I become injured at a hotel?
There’s no shortage of ways you could become injured at a hotel. This can include:
- Falling due to ripped floors or carpeting
- Bites from bedbugs
- Slipping on water or other spills
- Falling on snow or ice
- Experiencing an injury due to damaged/broken furniture
- Injuries from broken exercise equipment
- Burns from improperly heated water
Hotels have a duty of care for their visitors, meaning they are required to keep remove or warn of harmful or dangerous conditions on their property.
That being said, they must have had reasonable notice that there was a hazard. If there was a spill that was only there for five minutes, it may be unreasonable to think they could have found it in that time. If they are aware of the threat and make no effort to correct it, though, they are completely liable for any injuries that occur.
What should if I am injured?
As soon as your injury happens, you should contact hotel management and document your injuries. They will fill out an accident report that tracks what happened before, during and after the accident. This will be vital if you choose to pursue legal action, as it will paint a picture of what happened when the injury occurred.
After you fill out the report, check the area for any surveillance cameras. If so, you may be able to subpoena footage for your case that proves the hotel was at fault. If there were any witnesses to your accident, get their contact information. They may be able to help confirm the circumstances surrounding your accident if footage is unavailable.
It’s also important that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible. If you choose to pursue legal action, failing to see a doctor can make it harder to prove that your injuries were the result of that specific accident. During an accident, you may also be in shock and unable to feel the full extent of your injuries. It’s better to be safe than sorry in this case.
After you’ve received proper treatment and documented your accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to assist you with filing for your case. If you have been the victim of a hotel injury, you deserve to get support and assistance as you recover. A personal injury attorney will be able to guide you through the legal process and help you along the way so you get the most out of your personal injury case.
Have you been injured due to the carelessness of a hotel owner?
Contact Tolbert Beadle. We can help you get the compensation you deserve after you’re the victim of hotel negligence.
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