With vacation season upon, many families will be traveling out of town to see new places and spend quality time with their family. For many travel plans, this includes staying in a hotel. Accidents do happen though, and if you’re injured in a hotel, you need someone on your side to help you take action and get the justice you deserve.
If you get out of your state of residence, don’t worry. You are still entitled to receive compensation. Immediately notify both your lawyer and the hotel’s insurance company that you are injured after you’ve taken the following steps:
- Seek immediate medical attention and get proper treatment if need be.
- Get a face to face meeting with the hotel manager so he can document the incident, including your injuries as soon as possible.
- If you are transported to a local hospital, request a copy of the ER admittance report and discharge summary BEFORE you head back home.
- Take pictures of your injuries and the scene where you were injured.
- Ask any and all witnesses for a statement in writing and have them sign and date it. In the alternative, at least use your cell phone to record their statement.
- Communicate with your lawyer and ask what your options are depending on your case.
To succeed in a personal injury claim against the hotel, the law requires that you meet a burden of proof. To meet the burden of proof you must have sufficient evidence that proves:
- The hotel breached its duty by letting you get injured on their property.
- The hotel had a duty of care to protect you from harm when they invited you there.
- Your injury resulted in actual and consequential damages.
Unfortunately, fairly compensating you for your personal injury claim against a hotel accident can be a lengthy process, but don’t let that discourage you, let it empower you to hold them accountable for their negligence.
If you have been injured in a hotel, contact me for a free consultation and we can start working on your case immediately.