If you have been injured while staying at an area hotel, you may have a claim against the hotel for not maintain a safe and proper hotel. There are occasions when a hotel or motel property owner does not make sure their hotel is up to code with safety precautions. Hotels have a duty to keep their premises safe from known hazards and make sure.
There are many well-known hotels in Seattle, Kirkland, Olympia, Bellingham, and across Washington State. One recent example The Jackman Law Firm recently litigated involved a Seattle hotel chain who allowed their parking lot to accumulate a great deal of oil from cars, which caused the parking lot to be very slick, and the customer slipped and fell and badly hurt herself. This could have been avoided had the hotel done an adequate job of properly cleaning the property.Washington State Laws Regarding Hotel Safety
Legally, hotel owners and operators have a duty to make sure their premises are safe from known dangers. Further, if they reasonably could have known that their premises would be dangerous, then they have a duty to make sure that the premises are safe.
This means, again, that they may have to go out and spend money to hire the proper security personal to make sure their premises are safe. In order to prevail on a negligent security case, you must show the landowner had a duty to keep their property safe, they breached their duty in some way to you, and that you were injured because of the breach in that duty.
This may or may not be easy to do in a negligent security case if you believe the hotel was not properly keeping the hotel safe. You may have to do a great deal of work, if you do not hire a lawyer, to prove that not enough security was present. In many cases, this will include hiring the right expert or experts to prove your case.
The right expert on a case can make or break it. There are experts across the nation who are experienced in identifying how businesses can make their premises safe. The hotel may have a long history of people breaking into the hotel and committing acts of violence, sexual or physical, towards the hotel guests. There may be not proper lighting in the parking lot to deter would-be assailants from lurking on hotel guests.
In addition, hotels have a duty to make sure they are keeping their premises safe from known hazards, such as oil accumulations in the parking lot or stairwells or elevators or escalators that are kept in a safe and habitable manner. Many times hotels allow their premises to become unsafe and unkempt based on years of disrepair and disuse.
For instance, if you were descending a staircase that was in bad shape and you fell because the handrail came off in your hand, you could have a claim against the hotel or its owner for failing to make sure the staircase was properly maintained. The same would be true if, while riding in the elevator, the elevator plummeted while you were inside it, injuring you. It may not be easy to prove, but you certainly could show that the hotel either knew or should have known that their hotel was not being kept in a safe and habitable manner, thus resulting in your injury.
In every negligence case involving a hotel, you have to prove that the hotel had a duty to keep you safe, they breached that duty, and their negligence was the reason you were injured.Common Premise Liability Injuries
If you have been injured at a hotel, then you may have suffered one of the following injuries:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back injuries
- Butt or tailbone injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Injuries of this serious of a nature rarely just heal on their own. Rather, they require medical attention to address them. Medical specialists such as osteopaths, physiatrists, and chiropractors can help you get back to the path to health after suffering a serious injury on someone else’s property.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
If you have been injured at a hotel, you may have a claim against them to recoup compensation for your injuries. The Jackman Law Firm has the expertise to effectively represent you with the insurance company, in arbitration and if necessary in court to secure your rights for compensation and relief. After your injury, you are understandably upset and likely unsure of your options and which way to with your case. You are likely receiving a lot of phone calls from insurance companies, you’re going to the doctor or the chiropractor, and you may be missing work.
If this is the case, do not go through this process alone. We can help you every step of the way. We can work with the insurance companies so they do not contact you. We can help you secure all of the compensation you are owed for your injury under Washington State Law. The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover the following:
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for lost wages
- Money for out of pocket expenses
- Money for medical bills
We have the resources, experience, and successful track record to win your case. There may be instances when you find yourself having to defend yourself from untrue accusations from the insurance company for the party that injured you. They may claim that you are somehow either entirely at fault or partly at fault for your injuries.
For instance, if you suffered a spinal cord injury because of a slip and fall at a business’ parking lot, the insurance company for the business may argue that you should have watched where you were going. If this is the case, the Jackman Law Firm can help you by sending a subpoena for documents from the company, interviewing key witnesses, and speaking to the police to see if we can do everything possible to prove your case in your favor. Feel free to call for a free consultation.