Accidents happen, even in hotels. The most highly regarded and luxe hotels are still susceptible to negligence that can cause guests to sustain injuries, both large and small. Unrepaired furniture and carpeting, faulty plumbing, and unqualified staff are just a few of the causes of injuries in a hotel.
The attorneys who work with the Reiff Law Firm in Philadelphia are ready and eager to help you win a personal injury lawsuit if you have been hurt while staying that The Logan Hotel in Philadelphia. They can put decades of experience to use to get you the compensation that you deserve. Call (215) 515-0098 or visit their website.
Proving Negligence in a Hotel Personal Injury Case
Proving that a hotel was negligent in its duty to protect the safety of guests is a necessary part of filing a personal injury claim against a hotel. Proving negligence entails providing evidence of a few different things: that the hotel had a responsibility to protect you from harm, that the hotel neglected to fulfill that responsibility, and that the hotel’s failure to fulfill this duty is directly linked to the injury that you sustained on the premises.
The expectations for hotel must be reasonable, which means that they fall under common sense and are feasible for the hotel to accomplish. It is reasonable, for example, to expect a hotel to keep water within a moderate range of temperatures, store and prepare food in a safe way, maintain safe and functioning elevators and escalators, keep a safe and properly guarded pool and jacuzzi zone, provide safe and functioning equipment in the gym, properly light stairs and hallways, supply security equipment and personnel, and hire staff that has been vetted.
You should be aware that guest rooms are not the only places hotels are obligated to protect. The hotel is liable for all areas on its premises: stairs and hallways, lobbies, meeting rooms and conference rooms, banquet halls, restaurants and bars, swimming pools and gyms, parking lots and shuttle busses, and all public spaces in and around the hotel.
What to Do Following Your Injury in a Hotel
Certain documentation and reporting are required to be able to file a personal injury claim against a hotel in Philadelphia. Making sure that you do all of the following steps will ensure that you will have the best chances possible of winning your case.
- Seek medical attention for your injury immediately. If you fail to get prompt medical care for your injury, you can hurt your credibility in the case and negatively impact your chances of winning the case. Share all of the details surrounding the injury with your doctor; tell them about the precise location within the hotel at which you suffered your injury, when it happened, and the events leading to the injury.
- Begin collecting evidence as soon as possible. Talk to witnesses and record their statements on paper or with an audio recording device. Talk to hotel employees, too. Take photos and record videos of the place at which you were injured. Write down all relevant details. Make a point to keep all of the documents related to the treatment of your injury and how it has affected your daily life. Keep and preserve all of the medical bills from the treatment of your injury, receipts of prescriptions that you take as a result of the injury, and records of lost wages.
- Immediately after the accident, file a report with the manager of the hotel, recounting as thoroughly as you can all of the details of the events and circumstances surrounding the accident.
Hotel Personal Injury Claim Damages
If all goes according to plan after you file a personal injury claim, you will be able to recover damages for your injury. Types of damages that can be recovered are:
- Lost wages and future wages – If you missed work because you were recovering from your injury, you can recover the wages you lost. If your injuries have implications that last far into the future, then you will be able to recover the wages you will not be able to earn.
- Medical bills – The cost of medical treatment for your injury can be recovered as part of damages. This may mean bills for hospital stays and physician visits, the cost of prescriptions, the cost of surgery, physical therapy, pain management treatments, and lab fees.
- Permanent disfigurement – If your injury resulted in permanent changes to your body (amputation, contortion, scarring, or loss of motor function), then you may be able to recover damages for it.
- Pain and suffering – Victims of accidents that happen in hotels can recover damages for the pain and suffering associated with the injury.
- Loss of consortium or companionship – This is for the spouse or family member of victim, who can file a loss of consortium for the cost of their own pain and suffering, emotional distress, and shock and anguish.
Lawyer Representing Personal Injury Cases Against The Logan
Your stay at The Logan Hotel in Philadelphia should be a safe and enjoyable experience. If you suffer an injury during your stay, then you might be able to file a personal injury claim against them. The attorneys with the Reiff Law Firm in Philadelphia can help you by putting decades of experience to use to get you what you deserve for your injury. They have already recovered millions of dollars for their clients, and they can do the same for you. Get in touch with them by calling (215) 515-0098 or visiting their website today.