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Most people in New York have a strong appreciation for the spring and summer months, especially after enduring a cold, long winter season. This is precisely why many New Yorkers will either travel upstate or to the city for a vacation. However, hotels are oftentimes more unsafe than you may think, and if you are involved in a hotel accident, you are most likely looking to recover compensation. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of hotel accidents?

If you are staying in a hotel during the warm summer season, there is a strong chance your hotel will have a pool. This is just one example of the additional perks many hotels have to offer. Unfortunately, the more perks a hotel has, the more opportunity for injury there is. Here are just some examples of the most common hotel accidents and their causes:

  • 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

Am I eligible to recover compensation following a hotel accident?

As long as you are able to prove your injuries are due to another party’s negligence, you should be entitled to financial compensation. This compensation may be used to cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages and more. 

How may I prove hotel employer or employee negligence?

Hotels are obligated to keep a safe, clean, and family-friendly environment at all times. If you have been injured due to negligent hotel staff, you should not have to fight for the compensation you deserve. Unfortunately, you may have to. This is why you must hire an experienced attorney if you wish to file a personal injury claim. Hotel and insurance companies may do whatever they can to deny you of your compensation, so it is crucial you fight back. On top of hiring an attorney, you may wish to recover security camera footage documenting the accident. This footage may make all the difference in recovering the financial compensation you need. Additionally, you may find that certain witnesses would be happy to help by providing you with their contact information. If someone is willing to testify on your behalf, you boost your chances of winning your claim. Lastly, you should always seek medical assistance following an accident. A medical professional will examine your physical condition and provide you with documentation regarding the severity of your injuries, which you may also use to help prove your personal injury claim.

Contact our New York firm

If you have been seriously injured as a result of another party’s negligence, contact Swerling Law today to schedule a free initial consultation.


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