A hand opening a wooden hotel room door with a keycard lock. Inside, there’s a neatly made bed, a desk with a chair, and lightly colored curtains partially covering a window. Warm lighting illuminates the room, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

If you are taking a vacation this summer, chances are, you will stay in a hotel. Vacation is a time of fun and relaxation with your friends and family, and hotels are responsible to ensure it stays that way. If you have been injured in a hotel accident, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. This compensation may be used to cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, non-economic damages, and more. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the main types of hotel accidents?

When you stay at a hotel, you trust management and staff will do everything they can to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe time away. However, certain hotels have several features and activities available, such as swimming pools and gyms. The bigger the hotel, the more upkeep it requires. If hotel staff fails to keep their facilities in tip-top shape, accidents may happen. Here are some of the most common:

  • Elevator accidents
  • Escalator accidents
  • Gym equipment accidents
  • Parking lot/garage accidents
  • Stairway accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Accidents due to inadequate lighting or security
  • Sidewalk accidents

How do I know if I qualify for compensation?

If you can prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence, there is a good chance you will be able to recover compensation. For example, if you were injured in a swimming pool accident and there was no lifeguard present to ensure your safety, you may be eligible for compensation.

How can I prove another party’s negligence?

There are several ways in which you may help your case. Insurance companies may try and deny you of your compensation, so the more proof you can gather, the better. When you are first injured, the first thing you should do is ask any nearby witnesses for their contact information so they can verify your claim. Additionally, you should seek medical attention immediately after the accident, regardless of how much pain you are in at the time. A medical professional will treat your injuries and provide you with medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries, which you may also use to help prove your claim. Lastly, and rather obviously, one of the best ways to prove your injury claim is through photographic or video evidence. If any of the hotel security cameras caught the incident on film, you may wish to use it as supporting evidence of your claim as well. 

Contact our New York firm

Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of neglect in Westchester County and across the state of New York. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.