Despite the expectation that hotels should always be places of relaxation, it is possible for accidents and subsequent injuries to happen there. No hotel is exempt from the risk of its guests suffering an injury because of a negligent action. It is possible for injuries to happen while staying at the Holiday Inn in Philadelphia.
Get in touch with the lawyers that work with the Reiff Law Firm if you or someone you know suffered an injury while staying at the Holiday Inn in Philadelphia. The attorneys that work with the Reiff Law Firm bring years of experience to their practice while they assist their clients with their personal injury claims. Contact them by calling (215) 515-8351 or visiting their website as soon as possible.
Damages You Can Receive from a Hotel Personal Injury Claim
After you suffer an injury while staying at a Holiday Inn, you will likely be eligible to collect damages for the injuries you’ve suffered. You can be compensated for the amount of money that you’ve spent dealing with your injuries. Following an injury suffered at a Holiday Inn, you are able to collect damages for the following costs:
- Medical bills – This includes past medical bills and ones that are expected to be incurred in the future. Hospital bills, prescription costs, family physician bills, lab fees, surgery costs, physical therapy bills, and pain management treatment are all able to be covered as part of damages in a hotel personal injury lawsuit. Damages can include future payments for permanent disability as well.
- Lost wages and earnings – Wages that you would have earned at work if you hadn’t suffered an injury can be recovered as damages, as long as you can provide documentation about your rate of pay before the accident. In some cases, it is possible to recover the value of lost earning capacity or your ability to earn money in the future as part of damages, but that is more difficult to prove.
- Permanent disfigurement – If your body has been permanently changed as a result of an injury that occurred in a hotel—amputation, major scarring from burns and cuts, loss of motor function, or contortions due to nerve damage—then you may be able to recover damages for it.
- Pain and suffering – The personal cost of pain and suffering may be included as part of a damages claim as a result of an injury that occurs at a hotel. The amount that is given is determined based on the types of medications that a victim uses to deal with their pain and the type and severity of their injury,
- Loss of consortium or companionship – A victim’s spouse or family member can file a loss of consortium or companionship claim to recover the cost of their pain and suffering, shock and mental anguish, and emotional distress suffered at the hand of their spouse or family member’s injury.
How to Prove Hotel Negligence in a Personal Injury Case
In order to win a personal injury claim against a hotel in Philadelphia, you will need to prove that your injury happened because of the hotel’s negligence. You will need to show—with evidence—that the hotel had a duty to protect you, as a guest, from harm, that they failed to perform this duty, and that their failure to perform their duty directly resulted in an injury to you.
When it comes to the duty that hotels have to provide a safe space for people, it must be reasonable. Reasonable expectation of a hotel includes controlling insect infestations, maintaining effective and efficient security, maintaining the safety of elevators and escalators, keeping a safe pool and jacuzzi area, maintaining the safety of gym equipment, serving safely stored and prepared food and drinks, making sure that water in showers and sinks is a healthy temperature, and hiring staff that have a low likelihood of causing harm to guests, among other things.
It should also be noted that the hotel’s obligation to provide a safe space for guests extends beyond the hotel rooms and includes restrooms, restaurants, parking lots, shuttle busses, meeting and banquet halls, swimming pools, fitness areas, and all public spaces.
Proving the negligence of a hotel in relation to your injury requires certain reporting and documentation. In the aftermath of an injury that you sustain in a hotel, make sure you do the following things so that you can build a proper case for yourself:
- Get medical attention as soon as possible. Your chances of winning your case can be hurt if you fail to get proper medical attention. Furthermore, be sure to give all of the details about your injury to the medical professionals that provide you with care; include facts about when it happened, where exactly in the hotel it happened, and how it happened.
- Collect relevant evidence. Take photos and/or videos of the area in which your injury occurred, write down or record statements from witnesses and hotel employees, and write down anything that will help you build a case for the negligence of the hotel. As time goes on, you will need to keep records of how the injury impacts your life. This means that you should keep copies of medical bills, prescription receipts, and lost wage records.
- File a report with the hotel’s manager.
Personal Injury Lawyer for Damages Sustained at the Holiday Inn in Philadelphia
Hotels that cause injuries to their guests due to the negligent treatment of facilities should be held accountable. Use the help of an attorney that works with Reiff Law Firm to get the compensation that you deserve from the Holiday Inn after having been injured during a stay there. To talk to the lawyers at the Reiff Law Firm or set up a free consultation, call (215) 709-6940 or visit our website.