If you’re vacationing at a hotel or resort, the last thing on your mind is likely whether or not to remain vigilant for a slip and fall accident that could lead to serious injury. However, the likelihood that such an incident – known commonly as slip and falls, trip and falls, or premises liability accidents – will occur is actually higher than you might think.
Slip and falls happen every day, particularly at busy hotels and resorts. When this type of injury occurs as a result of negligence, the hotel owner or property manager may be forced to pay the injured party substantial damages in a civil lawsuit.
Below we will look at common scenarios for hotel and resort slip and fall accidents, discuss what damages injured victims may be eligible to receive, and review how to file a civil lawsuit with Dordulian Law Group (DLG) in pursuit of the maximum financial compensation you deserve.
Hotels and resorts can encompass sprawling and often majestic properties. When individuals enter those properties, they need to be protected from undue injury or harm. Every inch of the location needs to be maintained by the individual or entity who owns, leases, or controls the hotel or resort.
Nevertheless, in many cases, the party responsible for maintaining the property fails to address potentially dangerous or hazardous conditions.
Some common causes of hotel and resort slip and fall accidents include:
Some common locations within a hotel or resort property that can be ripe for slip and fall accidents include:
If you’ve sustained an injury while visiting a hotel or resort, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation through a personal injury claim.
Hotel/resort owners and property managers have a duty of care to you – as a guest or traveler – to provide a safe and secure environment. Accordingly, if an injury occurs at a hotel or resort as a result of negligence, the injured party is entitled to seek financial compensation.
Under the California Code of Civil Procedure, proving negligence in a hotel slip and fall case involves demonstrating:
While it may seem like proving your slip and fall claim may be a straightforward process, having a skilled and experienced attorney like Sam Dordulian can make a significant difference in not only your chance at recovering compensation but that the ultimate financial damages you receive are maximized.
A study by the Insurance Research Council (IRC) found that settlements were 40% higher when injured claimants had private legal representation. Additionally, IRC research indicates that the average insurance payout is 3.5 times higher for clients who have hired a private attorney than for those representing themselves. Finally, the IRC report found that 85% of all money paid by insurance companies for bodily injuries is received by clients who have secured representation from a private personal injury attorney like Sam Dordulian and his skilled and proven team of lawyers at DLG.
After a hotel or resort slip and fall injury, you may be facing a number of challenges – both physical and financial. Furthermore, the stress and emotional trauma of such an accident can be very difficult and impactful for injured victims.
At DLG, we’ll fight to recover all applicable damages for your hotel slip and fall claim. That includes both economic and non-economic damages as well as (in rare cases) punitive damages. Let’s take a look at the various types of damages that are commonly recovered after hotel or resort slip and fall accidents.
In California, punitive damages are applied in care cases where the defendant acted with extreme malice or disregard for human well-being. In such cases where it can be proven that a history of such behavior occurred which resulted in injuries, punitive damages may be recoverable. Punitive damages are not capped in the state of California, and DLG seeks recovery of said damages in all applicable cases.
To recover damages in a hotel or resort slip and fall claim, a plaintiff must demonstrate four essential elements under the law. Those elements include:
Proving negligence in a hotel or resort slip and fall claim can be a challenging endeavor, but the experienced and proven attorneys at DLG are here to help you recover the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injury.
In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is almost always two years from the date that the incident occurred. That said, when pursuing claims against government entities or other specific at-fault parties, the statute of limitations could be much shorter (sometimes only six months).
Accordingly, it’s recommended that hotel and resort slip and fall injury victims contact an experienced member of the DLG team immediately following an incident. Doing so will increase your chances of success and also ensure your claim is filed timely, properly, and in accordance with all state and local regulations. To file a claim, contact a member of our team today for a free and no obligation consultation at 818-322-4056.
We’ll assess the facts of your case and help you determine the best path forward. Additionally, we’ll be able to provide you with information related to the limited window you have for filing a claim and how much a possible settlement or verdict might be worth.
At DLG, our skill, experience, and proven results are unparalleled. Additionally, we provide each and every client with the professionalism, personalized attention, and compassion they deserve. Slip and fall accident victims throughout the nation consistently turn to DLG to handle their claims, obtain justice, and recover maximum financial compensation on their behalf because of our experience, dedication, advantages, and results:
An estimated value of your slip and fall lawsuit will provided by your DLG lawyer after the discovery and investigation process has been conducted. At DLG, we always fight to recover every applicable type of damages for your slip and fall claim. Such damages may include petitioning for reimbursement of all your medical expenses, as well as recovering compensation for any pain and suffering (including discomfort, chronic joint pain, headaches, or body pain) or emotional trauma.
DLG was founded by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County with a decorated career that includes more than 100 jury trial victories and a 98% success record. Dordulian offers hotel and resort slip and fall injury victims a level of experience that can’t be found at most other firms. In fact, he’s successfully recovered multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for clients in recent years for various types of slip and fall or premises liability lawsuits.
Some recent examples that resulted in multi-million dollar financial damages awards for our clients (despite initial settlement offers of just $5,000 from the insurance companies) include:
If you’ve been injured in a hotel or resort slip and fall and are seeking to pursue justice and recover financial compensation, be sure to carefully review a prospective attorney’s credentials and experience before making a final decision. Being selective and choosing the best personal injury attorney can be the difference between a $5,000 settlement and a multi-million dollar settlement.
“They were very professional and fought hard for me. Two seperate cases and two seperate wins. Would highly recommend Dordulian Law Group and would hire them again if needed in the future.”
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