When we go out of town, we expect hotels to provide us with a safe, comfortable place to stay. Unfortunately, many hotel guests are involved in accidents that would not have occurred if supervisors, property owners, and other employees did their jobs properly. A Fort Lauderdale hotel & resort accident & injury lawyer knows how traumatic hotel and resort accidents can be.
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. will help evaluate your case and help you come up with an effective course of action. Call to learn more: 954-524-2820.
Hotels serve as a temporary home away from home for families while they are on vacation and business professionals traveling for work. Hotel management and staff are responsible for making sure their guests have an enjoyable stay. Despite this, guests can suffer a variety of injuries while on hotel property. Some of these injuries result from:
Because there are so many types of hotel accidents, the possible injuries are endless. Here are some of the most common injuries that occur:
When a person is injured on another’s person property, s/he may be able to file a premises liability suit against the property owner and other individuals responsible for maintaining the property. Under Fla. Stat. § 95.11(3)(a), accident victims have four years from the date of the accident to file suit to recover damages. Failure to file your suit in time will bar you from recovering damages.
This might seem like a long time, but determining the severity of your injuries, gathering evidence, building your case, and negotiating with insurers can take years.
The status of the guest will determine how much responsibility the property owner had to protect the guest from dangerous property conditions. Guests typically fall under one of the following categories:
Hotel guests are invitees, as the property owners invited them on to the property for a specific business purpose. The law holds property owners to a high standard of care when it comes to making the property safe for guests. Property owners must exercise reasonable care and take reasonable measures to ensure an invitee’s safety.
Note: In some cases, someone staying at the hotel will actually be trespassing. This occurs when an extra person that management does not know about stays in a hotel room (e.g., you claim four people are staying in your room, you bring five).
To establish that the property owners are liable for your injuries, you will need to prove:
If you can prove that the hotel managers were negligent, you will be able to recover compensation for your accident-related losses.
In a premises liability case, you may recover both economic and noneconomic damages. Both types of damages help victims get back on their feet after a hotel accident.
Economic damages cover injuries with a documented dollar amount. Some common economic damages include:
Noneconomic damages include damages that do not have a set dollar amount. These damages include:
We commonly work with experts in the medical, vocational, and financial fields to determine an adequate settlement amount for your injuries.
Premises liability cases can involve complex aspects of the law. It can be difficult to build your case and value your damages while you are recovering from your injury. The attorneys at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. can investigate your claim and give you the best chance possible to recover the damages you deserve.
Call us to file your premises liability claim today: 954-524-2820.