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While the Coronavirus pandemic may have halted hotel stays in New York for some time, there are people who are getting back to it. It is usually expected that hotels are a comfortable and safe place to be. Guests tend to not consider the idea of being involved in an accident on the premises. While this is usually the case, accidents can take place on the property of a hotel as a result of negligence. This may be if the property is not taken care of. Injured parties can recover compensation for their injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. Continue reading to learn more and contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance with your case.

What are Causes of Hotel Accidents?

Hotels usually offer a variety of amenities and means of accessibility in the building in order to cater towards guests. This can include a gym, pool, and spa, as well as stairwells, elevators, and escalators. If these are not properly maintained, they can become hazardous and put guests in harm’s way. Some examples of causes of hotel accidents can include the following:

  • 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

Property owners have a legal obligation to ensure their grounds are safe for guests who come onto it. This can be done by conducting routine inspections to discover any hazards and fix them before they can cause injuries. Failing to do so is negligence. When the guest of a hotel is harmed by the negligence of the owner or staff, they can pursue legal action to recover compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial burdens that stem from it.

To successfully win a lawsuit, the injured party is required to prove negligence. THis can be done with evidence that shows the property owner knew, or should have known about the hazard and failed to fix it. Evidence to help a claim can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, video of the accident, witnesses, and more. 

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a personal injury accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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