Risk of injury is present everywhere, even in luxurious hotels. Simple mistakes or oversights made by staff can result in serious injuries suffered by hotel guests. Injuries that result from the negligence of a hotel can be severe and may have ramifications that affect all areas of a person’s life.
If you were injured while staying at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia, you should get in touch with the Reiff Law Firm. The experienced attorneys that work with the Reiff Law Firm can help you file a lawsuit against the hotel that is responsible for your injuries. They can put decades of expertise to use to get the compensation that you deserve. Call (215) 515-3913 to learn more about how you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the Rittenhouse Hotel.
Types of Injuries That Can Happen in the Rittenhouse Hotel
While the facilities and amenities offered by the Rittenhouse Hotel allow guests to experience the maximum amount of comfort during their stays, they also increase the likelihood of injury happening on the premises. Injuries can happen in all areas of the hotel, including individual rooms, hallways and stairwells, pools and gyms, restaurants and bars, meeting areas and conference rooms, banquet halls, parking lots and shuttle busses, the lobby, and other public spaces. The following injuries are possible reasons for a personal injury lawsuit against the Rittenhouse Hotel.
Slips, Falls, and Burns
A slip or fall on any surface in a hotel can cause damage to nerves, spines, and joints; broken bones; sprained wrists and ankles; and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Parts of the facility that have not been properly maintained (such as poorly lit stairwells, wet floors, snowy or icy sidewalks, torn carpeting, uneven walkways, or faulty furniture) are common causes of these injuries in hotels.
It’s also common for hotel guests to suffer from burns during their stays. In individual rooms, scalding water that comes out of faucets in the bathroom or malfunctioning heaters, radiators, or hair dryers may burn guests. It’s also possible for hotel guests to be burnt by chemicals in cleaning products that are left in rooms by housekeeping staff.
Assault on the premises of a hotel may be the result of one of two types of negligence: negligent staff or negligent security. Assault that happens because of negligent staff may mean that the front desk has not done a proper job of monitoring who enters the hotel, or that security personnel was negligent in their patrolling of the premises. Assault that happens because of negligent security means that the equipment used to keep the premises safe (security cameras, locks on doors, proper lighting in stairwells and parking lots) is not extensive enough or does not function properly.
Assault that is committed by hotel employees can be a form of negligence on the part of the hotel itself for failing to perform a background check on the employee.
Drowning or Pool Injuries
If a guest drowns while swimming in the hotel’s pool, it is likely that it happened because the hotel did not properly employ lifeguards, or because the deck was not properly illuminated.
Contracting bed bugs during a hotel stay often means that the hotel did not properly clean the room and the objects in it. Contracting bed bugs itself is not a personal injury, but the infections, anemia, and other health problems that result from bed bugs are a form of personal injury.
Salmonella, E. coli, and norovirus may be contracted by eating improperly prepared food in a hotel bar or restaurant. If you contract any of these bacteria by eating food in a hotel, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Proving the Negligence of the Rittenhouse Hotel in a Personal Injury Case
Winning a personal injury case against a hotel requires proving that the hotel acted negligently. You will need to use evidence to prove that the hotel had a duty to protect you from harm, that they failed to perform this duty, and that your injury was a direct result of that failure.
If you were injured during your stay at a hotel, there are a few actions that you should take following the injury to increase your chances of winning your lawsuit. Firstly, seek medical attention for your injury immediately. Failing to do so may hurt your chances of winning your case. Secondly, record evidence related to the injury — take photos and/or videos of the scene and speak with witnesses and record their statements. You should also make sure that you keep records of the medical bills you pay and the wages you lose as a result of your injury. In addition, make sure that you contact the hotel manager and file a report about your injury with them.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer for an Injury Sustained at the Rittenhouse Hotel
The Rittenhouse Hotel is likely responsible for any injuries that you suffered while staying there. With the help of the Reiff Law Firm, you can file a lawsuit against the Rittenhouse that will allow you to recover the damages that resulted from your injury. Get in touch soon; don’t waste time. Call (215) 515-3913 to schedule your free legal consultation today.