5 Steps to Take after a Hotel Accident

A hotel is supposed to be a place where you can go and relax. Even if you are away on business, you rely on your hotel to provide you with a peaceful place to stay.

Consumers use hotels for vacations, business travel, and even visiting family and friends for the holidays. While hotels encounter frequent inspections and are supervised by staff and regulatory agencies, unpleasant incidents and severe injuries can still occur.

If you are injured in a hotel accident, whether a slip and fall or negligent security, you have the right to hold that hotel accountable for your injuries.

5 Critical Steps to Take after Being Injured in a Hotel

After an injury at a hotel, here are five key steps to take to ensure you protect your chances of receiving compensation.

  1. Know the burden of proof. In a hotel injury case, it’s a premises liability issue. Therefore, you must prove that the hotel had a duty to protect you, which means you were a patron or had a reason to be there. Then, you must show that the hotel breached their duty of care and your injury resulted from that breach.
  2. Contact the hotel manager. You need to reach out to the hotel manager and be sure that you create an accident or incident report. Get a copy of that to help establish your case.
  3. Seek medical treatment immediately. Most importantly, you need to seek medical care. While your injuries might seem minor, they could be much more severe than you realize. Therefore, having a quick examination by a physician can ensure that your injuries are not severe. It also helps establish that you were, in fact, injured, and documents the nature of your injuries. When you delay medical treatment, defense attorneys will try to argue that your injuries could not be very serious if you did not receive emergency care.
  4. Gather witness information. If you can, look for witnesses at the time of the accident and get their contact information. You do not need a statement from them, but having their information so that you can contact them later for your case is important.
  5. Take photographs and video of the scene. The best type of evidence to collect so that you can prove your injury case is by capturing photos or video of the scene. This might include torn carpeting or a wet floor. The more you document to help establish your injury – the better.

Speak with an Injury Attorney

After a slip and fall or other injury in a hotel, it is in your best interest to speak with a personal injury advocate.

The attorneys from Jacobs Law, LLC are here to help you. We understand what you are going through and our team will ensure that the hotel chain or employees that caused your injury are held accountable for their negligence.

To explore your options, speak with an attorney today by calling our offices or connecting with us online.