As one of the most famous cities in the world, New York attracts millions of tourists every year. In order to accommodate these individuals and provide them with places to stay, there are also countless hotels throughout the city. When guests come to stay at these establishments, they expect that the grounds will be safe and will not put them in harm’s way. However, hotel accidents are more common than most people realize. When they do, these accidents can cause life-changing injuries to those involved. When dealing with these matters, it is crucial to retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance defending your rights.
What are Common Causes of Hotel Accidents?
Most hotels tend to offer different types of luxuries in order to keep their guests happy and entertained. This is often basics such as stairwells, elevators, and escalators. It can also include high-end amenities such as pools, gyms, bars, restaurants, spas, and more. If these are not properly taken care of by those who are obligated to do so, they can become dangerous for guests, thus threatening their overall safety. Common examples of hotel accidents seen in New York can include:
- Defective furniture
- Food poisoning
- Hot tub accidents
- Inadequate security
- Swimming pool accidents
- Escalator accidents
- Elevator accidents
- Gym equipment accidents
- Unsanitary conditions, such as bed bugs
- Parking lot/garage accidents
Proving Negligence and Recovering Compensation
It is the job of a hotel owner and the staff that they employ to ensure that their guests have a safe and happy stay. This can be done by simply taking care of their property. If they fail to do so and an accident occurs as a result, they can be held liable for negligence. Often times, hotel guests that sustain an injury due to negligence, they wish to seek justice for their suffering by pursuing legal action. This can be accomplished by filing a personal injury claim in order to recover compensation.
It is important to know that, when pursuing legal action, the injured party must prove negligence to be successful. This can be done by satisfying the burden of proof with evidence that the hotel owner or the staff member knew about the hazard that caused their injuries and did not fix it. Evidence can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, any video that may exist of the accident, witness testimonies, and more. If the injured party is successful, compensation may be awarded to cover certain damages that arise from the incident.
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.