Millions of Americans choose to stay in hotels while traveling to another city or state, for business or pleasure. Those patrons have many decisions when it comes to deciding which hotel best suits their needs. There are more economical hotels, with lower prices, and of course, the five-star accommodations. However, regardless of the expense of the hotel, there are certain standards that every management staff should adhere to in order to make the establishment safe for patrons. When these standards are not met and an accident or injury occurs because of it, they may be sued under personal injury law.
Negligent behavior can be carried out by any number of people. Cooks may serve undercooked food or have prepared the food in an unsanitary manner. Maintenance staff may fail to mop the floors, leading to a slip-and-fall accident. Management may fail to hire security guards, leaving the rooms vulnerable to theft. Because of all of these different scenarios, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney to make sure your case can be brought to trial.
Common accidents that may occur in a hotel setting include the following:
Contraction of a food-borne illness
Lack of safety equipment
Faulty handicap equipment
Malfunctioning elevators or escalators
Presence of asbestos or other toxin
Unsanitary conditions leading to infection (like Staph) or injury
Accidents such as these can be devastating to those involved. You may not only experience physical pain and suffering, but emotional hardships as well. Some hurt individuals may incur high medical bills and lost wages due to missed work. It can be extremely difficult to get your life back on track after experiencing an accident such as this. In addition, it can be especially disheartening if the accident could have been prevented if the hotel staff were more responsible in their behavior.
The law exists to protect you from this kind of recklessness. You have the right to bring these individuals to court and present your case to a judge in order to gain financial compensation to help pay for some of the damages that resulted. The best way to produce a favorable outcome in court is by hiring an experienced attorney to help with your case.