Your Rights After Getting Injured At a Hotel
According to the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), tourism and travel is among the nation’s largest services export industries. On average, travelers spend $2.2 billion a day, generating more than $813 billion in sales. This equals to hundreds of thousands of hotel stays each day. In fact, Americans are constantly planning and taking vacations for various reasons, whether it is for business, with family or with friends and lovers.
With so many people staying in hotels and lodgings, unfortunately, accidents tend to be a common occurrence. Suffering injuries while out of town can be a real downer when you’re supposed to be having fun, especially since you don’t have access to your own doctors and your usual support system. Nevertheless, if it happens, it is important that you know your legal rights and takes every step necessary to ensure that you obtain the full compensation that you deserve.
Common Hotel Accidents
Depending on the type of accident that you are involved in while staying at a hotel, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can look at the specific facts of your case to determine whether you have a valid claim and from whom you can seek compensation.
Below are some common hotel accidents that may lead to a valid premises liability claim:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Falling while climbing or descending the stairs
- Drowning accidents in the hotel’s pool or hot tub
- Food poisoning
- Accidents in the hotel’s fitness center
- Theft or assault due to inadequate security
- Injuries caused by broken furniture
Regardless of what caused your accident, you should immediately consult with an attorney if you were seriously injured and have incurred medical and other out of pocket expenses.
Hotel Liability and Negligence
Hotels and other such accommodations have high a legal duty of care or obligation to ensure that their premises are safe for their guests and to prevent accidents wherever and whenever possible. When a guest is injured on their property, they may be liable for the resulting injuries if the guest is able to prove that the establishment failed to protect him or her from a harm that could reasonably happen.
If the injured party is able to prove liability on the part of the hotel, he or she may be entitled to compensation for the following depending on the specific facts of the case:
- Past and future medical bills
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional damages
- Any other out of pocket expense incurred as a result of the accident
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured while staying at a hotel, you may be entitled to financial compensation by filing a personal injury claim. For more information or to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney, call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas today at 888.848.5084.