What to Do When Hurt in Hotel Premises

- David Boehrer

As Nevada is one of the country’s top holiday destinations, it’s hotels and resorts are part of many people’s daily lives. In addition to accommodation, vast hotel properties provide attractive dining, shopping, and leisure options for residents and visitors alike.

Untoward incidents can happen while relaxing at the pool or spa, or strolling through a hotel property, or while dining at a hotel restaurant. Customers and patrons on hotel resort premises have suffered injuries due to slips and falls, swimming pool accidents, fire, assault, elevator and escalator incidents, and other mishaps.

If you sustained injuries at a hotel or resort, you might be concerned about the possibility of receiving compensation for damages.

Responsibility for Injury on Other Person’s Property

Property owners generally have the duty to maintain safe conditions to prevent injury to customers and guests while on their premises. This responsibility includes making necessary repairs, maintaining amenities in good working condition, complying with building regulations and safety standards, and using adequate signage to warn guests about potentially dangerous conditions.

Claiming Compensation for Premises Liability

In tort law, premises liability may be the basis of financial compensation for a guest’s injuries. But for injured parties, claiming compensation can be a complicated and difficult process. Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer who can guide you through the process and teach you about your legal options.

Proving Negligence

The key to receiving compensation is the injured party’s ability to prove that the property owner’s negligence led to the reasonably foreseeable harm. What is considered ‘reasonably foreseeable’ is that the property owner must know about a potentially dangerous issue affecting the property and must have sufficient time to post a notice or to correct the issue.

What to do after suffering injury in hotel premises:

  • Notify hotel management immediately after the incident or injury. Narrate to them what happened, how it happened, and ask that they file a detailed report of your incident. Ask them for the name and contact details of the insurance company. Request a follow-up from the hotel’s management
  • Get medical treatment. Large establishments often have medical personnel that can examine and treat you on their premises. Depending on the extent of your injury, the property owner or manager may have to call an ambulance. Be sure to keep all medical records such as paramedic reports, hospital bills, and other papers surrounding your injury
  • Take photos and videos of the scene where the accident occurred. Ask eyewitnesses who may have seen the accident take place to write down what they saw or record their explanation of the events on your cellphone. Save their names and contact information. Take pictures of the injury and what caused it
  • You might have lost time at work due to your injuries. Keep documents from your employer to support a claim for lost wages or earnings
  • Contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. The property manager or owner may try to offer the injured party a settlement. Without legal advice, accepting a financial settlement right away may prevent an injured party from receiving the true value of compensation that they require for a complete medical recovery. Avoid signing any documents without showing them to an attorney

In metropolitan Henderson and other parts of Nevada, the David Boehrer law firm has been helping clients navigate the intricacies of the legal process of claiming compensation for their injuries. Our firm is prepared to stand up for your right to receive the value of compensation that you legally deserve.

We invite you to contact us online or call us today at (702) 750-0750 to arrange for a free case evaluation.