Types of Hotel Room Injuries
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When you book a stay a hotel —whether for a vacation, a visit with family, or even for work —it almost always feels like a getaway in and of itself. Most hotel owners and staff try to create a pleasurable experience for all their guests. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and getting hurt at a hotel is the last thing anyone wants to experience.
Suffering a hotel injury can have lasting consequences, both financial and emotional, taking a heavy toll on you and your family. If you believe your injury was cause by the hotel’s negligence, read the Hotel Room Injury FAQs below, then speak with a personal injury attorney to have your case evaluated. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in 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.
HOTEL ROOM 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 depending on the type of accident that occurred. Some common types of hotel injuries and their causes include:
Broken or Fractured Bones
A few types of hotel accidents can result in broken or fractured bones, such as slip and fall accidents and broken furniture. Worn carpeting, uneven flooring, icy walks, spilled beverages, and a variety of other hazards can cause a guest to slip or stumble and fall inside the hotel or on the premises in general. Furniture wears down over time, requiring repairs and upkeep, or the furniture may be antique or too old to begin with; for example, a person can suffer a broken or fracture bone if a chair they are sitting in collapses due to lack of repairs or age.
Guests may suffer head injuries from slip and falls and broken furniture accidents. A far less common cause, though still a possibility, is a guest suffering broken or fractured bones or a head injury due to criminal activity at the hotel. 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 caused by such activity.
Cuts or Lacerations
Cuts and lacerations often accompany broken or fractured bones and even head injuries. These usually result from the same types of accidents—that is, slip and falls, broken furniture, and very rarely, criminal activity.
Skin Irritation, Infections, and Severe Allergic Reactions
Bed bugs can cause skin irritation, itching, and possible infection; contact with bed bugs may even result in severe allergic reactions in some guests. Bed bugs are very small insects that can infest hotel mattresses, pillows, furniture, and even light switches. They are hard to see and very difficult to eradicate, but the hotel nonetheless has a duty to keep rooms clean and clear of bed bug infestations.
Most hotels offer food services, such as complimentary breakfasts or room service; some even have their own restaurants. In either situation, the hotel must maintain high food quality standards. Unsanitary kitchen conditions, employees with unclean hands, and improper food handling can all lead to serious foodborne illnesses.
Guests can suffer burns from using electrical appliances in their rooms; if these appliances, such as an iron or hairdryer, are defective, the hotel may be responsible for the resulting injury due to failure to replace the broken appliance. Guests can also suffer burns from scalding hot water in sinks or showers.
Some hotels offer complimentary breakfast, and for some breakfasts, hot foot is left in warming stations or waffle irons, available for guest use. Burns can occur from guest use of these appliances as well and may lead to liability on the part of the hotel.
Drowning or Wrongful Death
Most hotels have pools and hot tubs available for their guests; usually there are no lifeguards on duty in these areas. There will be signs posted in these areas laying out the rules of the pool area and providing warnings about safety hazards. Despite these warnings, guests may drown in the pool or hot tub.
What Should I Do if I Am Injured in a Hotel Room?
If there has been an accident and you are injured, contact hotel management immediately. They will fill out an accident report that tracks what happened before, during, and after the accident. This report will be important for your case later if you decide to move forward with a claim against the hotel.
Next, document the scene. Take pictures of where you were injured and the surrounding area. Write down your recollection of events while the incident is still fresh in your mind, and be sure to take pictures of your injuries to add to your documentation.
Speak with any witnesses who saw your accident occur; take their statements if you can and collect their contact information in case you or your lawyer needs to speak with them later. 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 in your case.
After you have documented the scene and filed a report, seek medical attention; proper treatment and documentation of injuries from a doctor will be important to the success of your claim. Getting treated not only helps you to heal from the injury, but documentation from the doctor can provide a clearer picture of the extent of your injuries and allow you to obtain the maximum compensation you are entitled to should you choose to pursue a claim against the hotel.
After you have been treated and documented the scene, speak with a personal injury attorney. An experienced hotel injury lawyer, like our lawyers at Zinda Law Group, will be able to evaluate your case and walk you through your next steps.
Other Personal Injury CASE FAQs
What Can I Recover?
With the many types of hotel room injuries come varying degrees of injury and recovery time; the severity of the injury directly affects the length and cost of your recovery, and it is this cost that is sought for in damage recovery for a personal injury action against the hotel. Your injury may leave you unable to work or perform daily tasks; you might require ongoing medical care and extensive rehabilitative therapy. If this is the case in your situation, you may be able to recover the costs in the form of compensatory damages; these types of damages 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 your injury occurred due to the hotel’s negligence, contact a lawyer right away. Why? Because 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, meaning you 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 is barred. An experienced hotel injury lawyer will be able to help you navigate the laws in your state to determine when you need to file, and if you are subject to any of the exceptions that exist to “toll” or delay the statute of limitations.
How Do I Find the Right Lawyer for Me?
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. For example, A good option to find a hotel injury attorney in New Mexico is through the American Bar Association online, or even the New Mexico Bar Association’s website. You can also check websites of smaller bar associations within New Mexico, such as the Albuquerque Bar Association, if you are looking for a hotel injury lawyer in Albuquerque.
You should 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 involving injuries sustained in a hotel. Zinda Law Group’s personal injury lawyers have experience with personal injury claims of all kinds and an outstanding record of success in handling these matters for our clients.
How Zinda Can Help You
If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury received in an accident, after a meal, or during a stay at a hotel, you may have borne immense emotional and financial strain as a result. Our hotel injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group can assist you with recovering the costs associated with the injury and recovery. Our experienced hotel injury lawyers will guide you through the complex legal system to help file your claim and ensure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
We will 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. Call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our hotel injury lawyers.
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