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A hotel stay should be a time of ease and relaxation, whether you are on vacation, travelling for work, or visiting loved ones. Hotel staff work hard to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. Nevertheless, as hard as they work to provide you with excellent service, accidents can happen, resulting in life-altering injuries that can devastate you or your loved one and your family.
Suffering any injury can have lasting consequences, both financial and emotional, and take a heavy toll on you and your family. If you believe your injury was cause by the hotel’s negligence, you should speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to have your case evaluated. If you or a loved one suffered an injury after an accident in a hotel, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers.
What Should I Do if I Am Injured in a Hotel Room?
If you have been injured in a hotel room, there are a few things you must do to ensure that you will recover as quickly as possible. If you cannot do all of these things right away by yourself, seek help from someone who can take care that they are completed in a timely manner.
Report the Injury
Contact the hotel manager immediately. The timing of the alert to management that you have suffered an injury is important, because the longer you wait the harder it will be to prove that your injury was linked to a condition at the hotel. If it is possible, remain in the hotel and speak with management before seeking medical treatment for your injury; of course, if your injury is severe, seek medical help first and then take care of the reporting paperwork as soon as you can afterward.
The manager will fill out an accident report for you. This accident report will be important for your case as it will track what happened before, during, and immediately after your injury. Be sure to bring this report along with other documentation you collect with you when you meet with a personal injury lawyer.
Seek Medical Attention
See a doctor as soon as possible after your accident or injury; not only is getting treated as soon as possible crucial for your healing and recovery, but it can also be important for your case. Treatment from a doctor will provide documentation regarding the extent of your injuries and what needs to be done to fix your injuries; documentation from your insurance company will further provide the costs associated with these treatments. Bring documents from both your insurance company and the doctor to your lawyer when you meet, as he or she will be able to use these documents to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Document the Scene of the Accident
Next, document the scene. Take pictures of where you were injured and the surrounding area, and be sure to include pictures of your injuries. You should also write down your recollection of events while the incident is still fresh in your mind, even if you have already filled out an accident report.
Witnesses and Surveillance Cameras
Speak with any witnesses who saw your accident occur; take their statements at the scene if possible and collect their contact information in case you or your lawyer needs to speak with them later. Aside from witness statements, footage of your accident would also be very helpful for proving your case, so check the surrounding area for surveillance cameras. If there is a chance your accident was captured on camera, you will want this footage to use as evidence.
Contact a Hotel Injury Lawyer
After you have been treated and documented the scene, speak with a personal injury attorney. An experienced hotel injury lawyer will provide advice for your case and walk you through your next steps. Finding the right lawyer may seem difficult, but there are plenty of resources available to make the process easier.
You can ask friends or family for recommendations, or even use a simple internet search such as “Can I sue? Injury lawyer.” Another good option is to look for an attorney through the American Bar Association’s online directory. You can also find a lawyer through your state’s bar association website or the bar association of your county or city if there is one available.
The options are many, but choose a personal injury attorney who has the experience and skill needed to handle your case, and a track record of success in pursing personal injury claims. Zinda Law Group’s personal injury lawyers have experience with personal injury claims that involve hotel room injuries; we also have an outstanding record of success in handling personal injury cases for our clients.
Other Hotel Injury FAQs
What Are Common Hotel Room Injuries and Their Causes?
Injuries suffered from accidents at hotels can vary widely in both type and severity. Some common types of hotel injuries and their causes include:
- broken or fractured bones
- head injuries
- cuts and lacerations
- skin irritations and infections
- severe allergic reactions
- food poisoning
- wrongful death
A few types of hotel accidents can result in broken or fractured bones; these include slip and fall accidents and incidents involving broken furniture. Worn carpeting, uneven flooring, icy walks to the hotel room, spilled beverages, and a variety of other hazards can cause a guest to slip or stumble and fall inside a hotel room or on the premises in general. Furniture in the hotel room which is in disrepair or very old, like a chair, may collapse when used by guests.
Guests may also suffer head injuries or cuts and lacerations from broken furniture and slip and fall incidents, in addition to broken and fractured bones. All of these injuries may also be the result of criminal activity occurring at the hotel, though this is a rare cause for any injury. Hotels have a duty to take reasonable steps to protect their guests from the criminal activities of others, such as assault and theft, and the injuries that stem from such activity.
Skin irritation, itching, and possible infection can occur due to bed bug infestations in hotel rooms. Bed bugs are very small insects that can infest hotel mattresses, pillows, furniture, and even light switches. Contact with bed bugs may even result in severe allergic reactions in some guests.
Guests may suffer food poisoning from eating food provided by hotel room service. When offering food to guests served from their own restaurant, hotels must maintain high food quality standards. Unsanitary kitchen conditions, employees with unclean hands, and improper food handling can all lead to serious foodborne illnesses.
Defective appliances are common causes of burn injuries to guests in hotels. Guests may also be burned from scalding hot water or while cooking; actually, fires caused by hotel guests who were cooking in their rooms is the leading cause of hotel fires. Not so common are burns resulting from use of waffle irons or contact with hot food trays while enjoying the complimentary breakfast at a hotel, which is usually buffet style but may be brought to the room for guests in some hotels.
Wrongful death or drowning in the hotel room bathtub very rarely occurs, more often taking place during the use of hotel pools and hot tubs. Usually there are no lifeguards on duty in these areas. Signs posted in these areas inform guests of the rules of the pool area and provide warnings about safety hazards, yet despite these warnings, guests may slip and fall or drown in the pool or hot tub.
What Can I Recover When Injured in a Hotel Room?
You may wonder about what exactly you can recover for your injuries following an accident at a hotel; the severity of your injury and the recovery time directly affect the cost of your recovery in a personal injury action. An injury received while staying in a hotel room may leave you unable to work or perform daily tasks; you might require ongoing medical care and extensive rehabilitative therapy. The good news is you may be able to recover the costs in the form of compensatory damages, which could include both economic and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages are the actual, monetary costs of your injury; these types of damages include medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and other unanticipated costs of your injury such as transportation needs. Noneconomic damages cover the mental and emotional toll the injury has taken on your life and are recovered in the form of compensation for pain and suffering. An experienced personal injury lawyer can assist you in recovering the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
When Should I Contact a Lawyer?
As with all personal injury cases, time is of the essence. If you believe that the injury you suffered at the hotel occurred due to the hotel’s negligence, contact a lawyer right away. There are time constraints, such as statutes of limitations, involved in civil cases that determine how long you will have to file your claim.
In most states, for example, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is three years. This means that you would have three years from the date of your injury to file a claim. If you attempt to file your claim beyond that three-year limit, your claim will be barred.
An experienced hotel injury lawyer will know the statutes of limitation for personal injury claims in your state. He or she will be able to help you navigate the laws in your state to determine when you will need to file, and if you are subject to any of the exceptions that exist to “toll” or delay the statute of limitations.
How Zinda Can Help You
Getting hurt at a hotel can be a source of immense emotional and financial strain on you and your family. We understand how important it is to get as much help and support as you can during this difficult time. Our hotel injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group can assist you with recovering the costs associated with you or your loved one’s injury and recovery; we will guide you through the often complex legal system to help you file your claim on time and ensure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
We take care of the legal work so you can focus on yourself and your family during this time of recovery. If we do not win your case, you will not pay any fees; this is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee. If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury after a hotel stay, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our hotel injury lawyers.
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