Hotel accident injuries

When you're injured in a hotel accident, what are your legal rights (and are you entitled to financial
compensation)? Can you file a lawsuit to recover damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more?

Can You File a Lawsuit After a Hotel Accident or Injury (and What are the Most Common Types)?

As more and more of us are traveling for summer vacations (or just a much-needed getaway after a long and isolating COVID-19 pandemic), hotels are once again seeing an uptick in business. A hotel stay can often be an enjoyable experience, hopefully without any major accident or incident ever occurring.
Can You File a Lawsuit After a Hotel Accident or Injury

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However, hotels are actually prime locations for a variety of accidents leading to injuries – some of which can be severe. In rare cases, hotel accidents can result in tragic fatalities.

When you’re injured in a hotel accident, what are your legal rights (and are you entitled to financial compensation)? Can you file a lawsuit to recover damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more?

Below we will look at some of the most common types of hotel accidents that cause injuries, and also provide information on how to file a claim properly and timely, ensuring you the best chance of success in recovering a maximum financial damages award.

Common Types of Hotel Accidents That Cause Injuries

Hotel injuries commonly impact both travelers as well as employees of the property. For this blog, we’ll primarily focus on the injuries sustained by hotel guests.

Hotels offering accommodations for travelers have a duty of care to provide a safe and secure environment. Hotels employ a staff to maintain different areas of the property and check to see that equipment is in working order. However, some issues that could pose a danger to an unsuspecting guest fall through the cracks. Whether it’s a faulty chair or an electrical issue that could pose a fire hazard, any number of issues could go unnoticed.

Let’s look at some of the most common hotel injury scenarios:

• Slip/trip and falls:

Slip or trip and falls are some of the most common scenarios leading to injuries for hotel guests. Steps, sidewalks, parking lots, walkways, and various other high-traffic areas need to be monitored regularly to ensure no debris is present. Additionally, checking for potentially dangerous conditions such as icy pavement or wet flooring (whether due to a spill or having just been cleaned) is very important.

While hotels typically make efforts to take the necessary precautions that allow for a safe environment where guests can enjoy themselves, injuries undoubtedly occur. Some common issues that can lead to hotel guest slip or trip and fall injuries include:

  • Broken handrails
  • Uneven flooring
  • Recently cleaned flooring that is slick/wet
  • Snow or ice-covered walkways
  • Water-covered areas around the pool
  • Dimly lit stairwells or parking lots
  • Spills on the floors of the hotel restaurant or bar
  • Loose or improperly placed flooring (tile, carpeting, rugs, etc.)

• Faulty or improperly maintained furniture:

Hotels have no shortage of furniture, and although it may be a challenging task, every piece should be properly checked on a regular basis, and any pieces that are old, worn out, or broken should be replaced in an effort to prevent any injuries.

Some common furniture defect scenarios leading to hotel guest injuries include:

  • Damaged or rickety/old chairs which cannot sustain a person’s weight
  • Beds with exposed coils that can cut or scrape the skin
  • Beds without proper support that can cause (or exacerbate existing) back conditions
  • Beds or couches infested with bugs that can cause skin rashes, bites, etc.
  • Fold-out couches/beds that are improperly maintained and can cause injury

• Swimming pool accidents:

Swimming pool accidents

Hotel swimming pools, jacuzzis, and saunas can be a great source of relaxation and enjoyment when on vacation. But they can also be dangerous under varying circumstances, and often cause injuries to unsuspecting guests.

Some common swimming pool, jacuzzi, or sauna scenarios leading to hotel guest injuries/fatalities include:

  • Diving board slips and falls
  • Drownings
  • Near-drownings
  • Diving-related injuries
  • Jacuzzi infections
  • Pool area slips/trips and falls
  • Sauna causing guests to overheat (or medical conditions exacerbated)

• General hotel incidents leading to injury:

A number of other scenarios – let’s put them into the ‘miscellaneous’ category – can also injure hotel guests. Some common general scenarios leading to injuries for hotel guests include:
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  • Food poisoning
  • Burns (electrical, property fires, etc.)
  • Smoke inhalation due to fires
  • Assaults (physical or sexual)
  • Criminal activity (valuables stolen, muggings, etc.)

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Are Hotels Liable for Injuries Sustained by Guests

A hotel injury need not only occur in your room or at the swimming pool in order to potentially warrant a valid personal injury lawsuit. In fact, the hotel is liable for maintaining a duty of care (keeping a safe environment for you and other guests at all times) in all numerous common areas, such as:

  • Parking lots
  • Fitness areas
  • Restaurants
  • Meeting/executive/banquet halls or conference rooms
  • Public restrooms (and private bathrooms)
  • Shuttle buses
  • Lobby/waiting areas
  • Entertainment venue areas

An injury can actually occur at any of those areas. For example:

  • Injuries in fitness areas – whether weights, cardio equipment, etc. – occur every day.
  • Shuttle bus accidents (whether traveling to/from the airport or a specific destination) are not uncommon.
  • Slips in the bathroom – whether in your room or a public facility within the hotel property – are common.

What Damages are Recoverable After a Hotel or Resort Slip and Fall?

What Damages are Recoverable After a Hotel Accident Injury?

Let’s break down the most common types of hotel injury damages into two categories: economic and non-economic (while also understanding that these are simply the most common examples, and there may be other types of damages that could apply to your case).

Economic Damages for Hotel Injuries:

  • Hospital, ambulance, or medical expenses
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity

Non-Economic Damages for Hotel Injuries:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Psychological trauma
  • Diminished quality of life

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Proving damages – particularly those in the non-economic category which are subjective and difficult to quantify – can be difficult. This is another reason why hiring a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney to handle your hotel injury claim is so important.

Hiring an inexperienced or undedicated lawyer to handle your hotel injury claim could leave you with mounting bills and financial hardship. Accordingly, do not settle for anything less than the experience, dedication, and proven results that can be found at Dordulian Law Group (DLG).

Proving Liability in a Hotel Injury Claim

A hotel accident injury can leave the victim with a number of losses – hospital or medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. In order to recover financial compensation for those losses, liability must be proven under the law.

That’s why it’s highly recommended that injured hotel accident victims contact an experienced and trusted member of DLG’s Personal Injury Division immediately after sustaining an injury (although please be sure to seek and receive professional medical attention first).

We have the knowledge, skill, experience, and – perhaps most importantly – the proven results demonstrating our extreme commitment to each and every client, and our dedication to ensuring they recover the maximum financial compensation they deserve for their injuries.

Proving liability in a hotel injury case involves:

  • Demonstrating the hotel had a duty of care to protect you from harm
  • The hotel breached that duty of care by neglecting to maintain the area where your injury occurred
  • Your hotel accident injury resulted in verifiable losses (e.g. pain and suffering, medical bills, etc.)
  • The injury occurred on the date in question

While that may seem like a straightforward process if you’ve been injured by some faulty exercise equipment in the hotel gym, it’s actually much more complicated (and difficult) when you consider that the hotel will invariably utilize its high-powered team of attorneys to prove that they took all “reasonable” steps necessary to maintain a safe environment (and you were actually at fault for the injury). That’s where having an experienced, proven, and trusted attorney like Sam Dordulian can be such an immense advantage for hotel injury victims.

Dordulian founded DLG after serving as Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. His decorated legal career has included more than 100 jury trial victories – a level of experience and achievement that simply can’t be found at most personal injury firms.

DLG’s experience and proven results give injured clients like you the peace of mind they deserve – knowing their claim is in the best possible hands and that while we fight to recover a maximum financial damages award on your behalf, you can focus on your physical recovery and well-being. DLG’s dedication to each and every case, as well as the personalized attention we provide our clients, is evinced through both our experience and success:

  • Over $100,000,000 successfully recovered in settlements and verdicts for injured clients like you
  • A 98% success record maintained throughout the years
  • Former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County
  • Over 100 jury trial victories obtained
  • In-house Chief Investigator/retired LAPD detective working to recover evidence that proves your case
  • Over 25 years of combined personal injury experience

If you’ve experienced personal injury incident, our expert attorneys can help you recover financial damages you deserve. Contact us online or by phone for a free consultation today.

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Injured victims who are selective and only willing to accept the very best legal representation consistently choose DLG to handle the important responsibility that is their hotel injury claim. Choose California’s leading hotel injury firm with the experience, dedication, proven results, and past success you deserve. With DLG, you can be confident that you’ve chosen the team that will give your case the absolute best chance of success.

After a hotel accident injury, you deserve swift justice and to be properly compensated for your injuries via a maximum financial damages award. DLG’s experienced and proven team of personal injury attorneys are standing by to help you achieve that goal and ensure you make a complete recovery – physically, emotionally, and financially.

Contact us today online or by phone at 818-322-4056 for a free consultation with one of our hotel injury experts. We’ll listen to the facts of your case, launch a thorough investigation led by our in-house Chief Investigator (Moses Castillo, a retired LAPD detective who served the community for nearly 30 years), and develop a precise and aggressive legal strategy based on our years of experience and past success.

With DLG, you never have to worry about any upfront costs or out-of-pocket expenses for your hotel injury claim. Our No Win/No Fee Guarantee means you don’t pay a penny until we recover maximum financial compensation on your behalf. At DLG, we believe all Californians deserve access to the absolute best legal representation available – regardless of economic means or financial hardship.

For your hotel accident injury, the best call you can make is to the experts at DLG.

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