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As travel begins to open up, more and more people will find themselves visiting hotels. While hotels are meant to be relaxing, if not properly maintained, they can become incredibly dangerous. Unfortunately, there are a number of ways serious accidents can occur. Read on to learn more about hotel accidents in New York and what to do in the event of an injury.

Common Causes of Hotel Accidents

Hotels are filled with amenities. This may include a gym, pool, and spa, as well as stairwells, elevators, and escalators. A hotel may also include restaurants, bars, and other amenities. If these areas are not properly maintained at all times, they can become hazardous. Some of the most common causes of hotel accidents include: 

  • 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

Recovering Compensation

Property owners have a legal obligation to ensure their grounds are safe for guests. This can be done by conducting routine inspections to discover any hazards and fixing them before they can cause injuries. Failing to do so can be considered negligent. 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.

But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred. In order to do so, it is important to take photos and videos at the scene of the accident, documenting the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. Additionally, if any bystanders saw the accident happen, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. One of the most important things you can do in the event of an accident is to seek medical attention. Visiting the hospital after an accident will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional, while simultaneously providing proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Be sure to ask a doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a hotel accident in New York, contact our firm to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City 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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