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New York City is one of the most popular cities in the world. It is because of its famous skyline and tourist attractions that millions of people come to visit the city from all over the world per year. When they do, these individuals tend to stay in hotels during their trip. In doing so, they expect that the establishment is safe and they will not be in danger in any way. However, hotel accidents are more common than people realize. This can happen in the event that the property is not taken care of, causing certain hazards to arise. If you were involved in a hotel accident, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New York City personal injury attorney for assistance defending your rights.

What are Common Hotel Accidents?

Hotels generally offer different kinds of luxuries for their guests in order to keep them happy and entertained during their stay. This can simply include stairs, elevators, and escalators to accommodate the size of the building. It can also include higher-end amenities such as bars, restaurants, spas, pools, gyms, etc. If these are not properly maintained, they can become dangerous and threaten the safety of the hotel guests. 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 the hotel owner and the staff they employ to ensure their guests are safe. This requires them to take care of the property to ensure no hazards arise. If they fail to do so and an accident happens as a result, those who are injured can hold the negligent party responsible. This can be done with a personal injury claim to pursue legal action. During this time, the injured party is required to prove the hotel owner or staff member was negligent. This can be done by satisfying the burden of proof with evidence that the party knew about the hazard that caused their injuries and failed to fix it. Evidence that can be helpful can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, any video of the accident if applicable, witness testimonies, and more. If successful, the injured party may be able to recover compensation as coverage for the cost of medical bills, in-home care, and more.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City car 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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