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Hotel and Motel Injury Attorney – Hotel Accident Lawsuit

If you or a loved one have suffered injury as the result of a hotel, motel, or resort accident, you will need a skilled and experienced hotel accident injury lawyer to receive the maximum compensation under the law. In the event of a hotel room accident, the hotel and the owners could be held liable either for the negligent acts of hotel staff or of poor management. If you do plan to sue a hotel for the injuries you have sustained, then you may want to retain the counsel of a hotel accident lawyer. Contact our law offices at Normandie Law Firm today, and our experienced Los Angeles hotel injury attorneys can walk you through the process of pursuing compensation for your hotel injury.

What Classifies As A Hotel Injury
A Hotel injury is considered to be any damage that occurs at a hotel, motel, or resort, under the expectation that hotel management lives up to the standard of safety that is to be expected by all places of business. Below are some common causes of hotel injuries:

  • Injury by cause of broken, damaged, or defective furniture
  • Slip and fall accidents as the result of poor management or management inspections
  • Damage caused by food poisoning from hotel prepared food
  • Improper inspection of local infestations like bed bugs or cockroaches
  • Burns caused by hotel taps, showerheads, or faulty gauges
  • Assault due to the result of poor hotel security

A hotel injury that occurs as the consequence of the negligence of a hotel guest is not eligible for compensation by a hotel, motel, or resort owner. For example, if a hotel guest is injured while running around a hotel pool and disregards the prohibitory signage may not be eligible to seek compensation on the liability of the hotel owner as the proper conduct was ignored. The same goes for a hotel trespasser. If a hotel trespasser injuries themselves on the grounds it is unlikely that a hotel owner can be held liable. Both hotel owner and hotel guest are must uphold certain duties that are exclusive to one another. These duties will assist a hotel, motel, or resort injury lawyer determines the value of a case and the effectiveness of finding a resolution.

A Hotel Owner’s Duty & Proving Negligence
If you decide to sue a hotel for the injuries you may have sustained you must prove that the hotel owners or staff were somehow acting in negligence. To prove negligence, you must show that the hotel breached the duty owed to their guests and said breach was the cause of your injuries. Hotels, like most all places of business, have to uphold a general duty to the safety of their premises. A hotel owner is expected to inspect and maintain the property, and if a possible danger is identified the owners and staff must take steps to protect the guests from the discovered condition of their property. For instance, if there is a leaking pipe in a hotel room bathroom, the hotel owners and staff must efficiently warn guests of the possible slip and fall conditions of their hotel room. Some typical duties that are expected of hotel owners and staff are as follows:

  • The control of insect infestation such as bed bugs, ticks, lice, or cockroaches
  • To uphold proper security to avoid the theft or assault of their guests. This can include precautionary measures like security guards and cameras.
  • To be mindful and take reasonable care in hiring the hotel staff
  • Proper training of hotel pool staff to prevent any possible guest injury
  • The appropriate maintenance of hotel stairs and elevators
  • The proper maintenance of hotel room locks and doors

Hotel owners and staff have very limited duties to uphold to nonguests and trespassers as neither have the permission to enter the premises.

If hotel owners and employees fail to live up to or breach the duties of safety expected by them, then they can be held liable for any damages inflicted upon a guest. When a guest is injured on the premises, they have every right to pursue legal action and sue the hotel, motel, or resort with a hotel accident lawsuit.

A hotel owner may also be liable for the misconduct of its employees under a legal theory known as ‘vicarious liability.’ ‘Vicarious liability’ is defined as a situation where someone is held responsible for the actions of another. With regards to the workplace, an employer can be held liable for the negligent acts of its employees, if evidence is shown that said actions took place in the duration of their employment. In the context of hotel owners and staff, this ‘vicarious liability’ is defined as the hotel owner’s liability for an employee during the duration of their employment. Hotel owners may be considered liable even if they were not aware of the misconduct performed, or did not have direct supervision over the employee when the incident occurred.

A Successful Hotel Accident Lawsuit
When a guest suffers injury or damage by a hotel owner or staff’s negligence and moves to pursue legal action, the injured guest must be able to prove that the hotel’s negligence caused said injuries. The case is the same for all negligence based lawsuits, wherein the defendant (in this instance the hotel owner) must be proven to have caused the plaintiff (injured guests’) suffering. For example, if someone injures themselves on a damaged stairway that is properly labeled as a hazard by hotel staff, then there is not enough evidence to prove that the incident was caused by hotel negligence.

Another key to a successful hotel injury lawsuit is hard evidence. This can be in the form of photographs, videos, witness testimony, or medical bills and records. Photos and Videos can be an essential element to any case as, if taken apparently, can be challenging to dispute in court. A video can also be used to capture a witness’ testimony. Witness testimony can be useful as well. While you can receive a witness testimony in any form by any individual who witnessed the event unfold, the most conclusive form of witness testimony is from a stranger. The third most useful form of evidence can come in the form of medical bills or records. Proving the extent of the damages can best be presented through the report of a medical professional or the expenses that the victim has incurred. This can also be useful in determining the best form of reparation for a victim and can assist in determining the eventual value of your settlement.

Regardless of which form of evidence you choose to use in court, it is essential that you contact the hotel management immediately after the injury. If you choose to wait to contact hotel management about your injury, there is a greater chance that the hotel management can deny the injury being caused by any negligence on their part. When speaking to the hotel manager, ask for the hotel’s insurance company, and ask for medical assistance. Some hotels have their medical professionals on staff and can assist you with any injuries you may have sustained.

Compensation for hotel injuries can help victims recover from things like a loss of wages, a loss of future income, a loss of employment, exuberant medical bills, and the pain and suffering of an incident. So there should be no reason for you to hesitate in consulting legal assistance for your damages as compensation is possible and is your right to receive.  If you or a loved one has sustained injury as the result of the negligence of a hotel, motel, or resort, then you should seek out legal assistance immediately. While every individual has a right to represent themselves in court, facing the team of lawyers a hotel is bound to employ alone can be damaging to your case and hurt your chances of receiving proper compensation for your injuries.

Contacting Normandie Law Firm
Contact us at Normandie Law Firm today so that we can walk you through the process of pursuing your right to sue the hotel for the accident that resulted in your injuries. Our team of Los Angeles hotel accident lawyers will fight tooth and nail to make sure you receive the compensation that you deserve. We operate under a zero fee guarantee policy, so in the unlikely event that we do not win your case, you don’t pay us anything. You only pay once we win your case. If you feel in need of a second opinion, still feel free to reach out. Per our zero fee policy, second opinion cases are free of charge as well. So please, don’t hesitate to give us a call today and let us fight for your case to get you the maximum compensation that you deserve under the law.

 

 

 

 

 

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