Hotel Negligence Attorney in Middlesex County, NJ
Whether you are a patron or a visitor, a hotel has an obligation to ensure the safety of those legally on the premises. Middlesex County is home to hundreds of hotels ready to accommodate people who travel for work or pleasure. There is a standard of care a hotel is held to, not unlike other businesses and institutions, like supermarkets, schools, airports, etc. Every hotel’s staff is supposed to regularly monitor the hotel’s property for hazards that can be dangerous. This includes both inside and out; anywhere a person could find themselves. When they do not and someone is hurt, the hotel could be responsible for the aftermath. The crux of the case is the ability to prove negligence. If successful, a victim of serious hotel injury may be entitled to compensation, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Stathis & Leonardis is a personal injury law firm located in Edison, New Jersey with significant experience representing clients who have been injured while staying at or visiting a hotel. We have a record of success that speaks for itself. We prepare every case for trial, knowing that most don’t reach a court. We do this because we are dedicated to being prepared for every situation. If you have been the victim of an injury in a hotel and believe it was caused by the negligence of the owner or staff of the establishment, contact Stathis & Leonardis to discuss your situation.
Hotels don’t often conjure up thoughts of danger, but when a hotel is negligent, there are numerous ways for a person to be seriously injured. With the proper care, many of the unfortunate situations could be avoided. Some of the incidents we handle regarding hotel accidents involve:
- Gym equipment
- Parking facilities
- Unsanitary conditions
- Inadequate security
- Inadequate lighting
Hotels must protect patrons and visitors from harm. As stated above, 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.
Proving negligence is often the key to a successful personal injury case. Personal injury cases are held to a legal principle called the burden of proof. This means that a property owner is innocent until proven otherwise. The victim of the accident and his or her attorney will need to develop a case that proves negligence. If the plaintiff can prove that the hotel knew or should have reasonably known about a hazard and didn’t take the proper steps to rectify the situation, the victim could be entitled to compensation.
Also known as damages, a victim of negligence could be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries. These damages may include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and the loss of consortium, a legal term describing the deprivation of the familial relationship due to the injuries. The amount this adds up to differs and no case is alike. Similar cases rarely reflect the same outcome. It is always important to discuss your situation with an attorney.
What to do after an accident
After an accident, it is important to take steps that help you and your case. First and foremost, it is important that you get medical attention. Not only does calling for help provide you with the medical care you need, it actually documents some facts of the case, including the injury, the place of the accident, and the general time of the incident. Notify the hotel of the incident so they can fill out an accident report. If you are able, it is important to preserve evidence, including taking pictures of the hazard. If there were witnesses, ask them for their contact information to corroborate your story. If you are not able to act for yourself, it is a good idea to contact an attorney that can send an investigator to the scene to act on your behalf.
Contact an experienced hotel accident attorney
Stathis & Leonardis has been serving New Jersey for decades with quality legal service regarding all premises liability cases, including hotel negligence. If you have been injured in a hotel accident, you could be entitled to compensation. Talking to an attorney is best. We are ready to assess your situation and represent your interests through these tough situations. We fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact Stathis & Leonardis for a consultation.