If you choose to travel this summer, as many people are, you may find yourself staying in a hotel. Hotels are meant to be a place of reprieve after a long day of traveling or visiting tourist attractions. Unfortunately, there are a lot of ways accidents can occur in hotels. Read on to learn more about hotel accidents in New Jersey and what to do in the event that you sustain an injury.
What are the Most Common Causes and Types of Hotel Accidents?
Hotels often have a number of amenities. Some of these amenities may include a pool, gym, spa, etc. Additionally, many hotels have bars and restaurants. Accessibility is important when it comes to ensuring all guests have access to the hotel and all it has to offer. As a result, there are usually stairways, elevators, etc. If these amenities are not properly maintained at all times, a serious accident can occur. Some of the most common hotel accidents include:
- Accidents due to inadequate security
- Accidents due to inadequate lighting
- Defective furniture
- Food poisoning
- Sidewalk accidents
- Parking garage accidents
- Gym equipment accidents
- Stairway accidents
- Hot tub accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Sidewalk accidents
- Escalator accidents
Can I Recover Compensation After a Hotel Accident?
Hotels must protect patrons and visitors from harm. A hotel’s staff must monitor the premises for any hazards on a regular basis and quickly act to address any issues. When they don’t and someone is injured, the hotel could be held responsible for negligence.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you are injured due to the negligence of a hotel owner or staff member, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to do so, you will be required to provide proof that this negligence occurred. In order to do so, it is important to:
- Document the scene. Be sure to take photos and videos of the hazardous materials that caused your accident to occur.
- Obtain witness contacts. If anyone saw the accident occur, obtain their phone number and/or email address. They may be able to corroborate your version of events later on.
- Seek medical attention. It is important that you go to the hospital immediately after an accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Ask for a copy of any relevant medical documents before leaving.
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, contact our firm today.
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Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.