A visit to a hotel often is considered a time to relax and enjoy a break from everyday life. When you make a hotel or a motel your home away from home for a while, you expect you will be kept safe. You are putting your trust and your comfort into the hands of others. You expect the hotel personnel has taken steps to ensure your safety during your stay.
However, these stays can turn into negative experiences when negligence creates unsafe environments that lead to injuries or illness. Your injuries may mean the hotel management and employees neglected their duties in providing a safe and adequate lodging facility. You should not have to pay for the lack of oversight caused by others.
If you have been injured while staying at a hotel, contact a Melbourne hotel accident attorney at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter. The legal team will work to get the best possible outcome in your case and make sure you are not a victim. An experienced and proven attorney could be the difference between full compensation and claiming financial responsibility.
Whether you have been injured while on vacation or on a business trip, The Law Offices of James B. Coulter is ready to handle your claim. Call (321) 586-9944 to schedule a free case evaluation. The Law Offices of James B. Coulter represents clients throughout Brevard County including Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Cocoa, Rockledge, Palm Bay and the surrounding areas.
Hotels have a duty under common law to exercise reasonable care for the safety and security of their guests. When you choose to reside in a hotel for a temporary amount of time, you expect to be secure. The hotel also has a duty to protect guests from the harm of others who may be staying in the facility. Hotels may be found negligent if they knew of an existing or potential danger and failed to take action to correct it.
In addition, hotels have an affirmative duty to inspect and seek out hazards that may not be apparent or seen by patrons and guests. For example, according to Florida Statutes Annotated § 509.032, the facilities have to be inspected for certain safety and sanitation requirements.
Hotel personnel also may have an affirmative duty to warn guests of dangers or hazards, such as faulty stairwells that should be avoided. If the risk of harm or damage was foreseeable, and the hotel failed to eliminate the risk or warn guests of its existence, the hotel may be liable.
Accidents can happen in a variety of ways, and often there are several factors involved. Some of the most common accidents caused by hotel negligence include:
If you have been injured in a hotel accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney after seeking medical help. Florida has a statute of limitation on how long a person can file suit against a party for negligence. After four years, a court likely would not hear your case. It is important to act immediately after the incident.
Attorney James Coulter of The Law Offices of James B. Coulter can negotiate with tough insurance companies to help you get the best settlement for your case. However, if you choose to file suit, Attorney James Coulter will guide you through the litigation process, beginning with gathering evidence to prove the hotel's negligence led to your injury.
After an accident, you should consider evidence that could be used to prove you sustained injuries that were caused by the hotel's negligence. For example, if you slip because of faulty stairs and witnesses see the accident, get their contact information. Pictures from the scene of the accident also could be used.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter. The firm was founded on a passion for personal injury both from a legal perspective and from an experience as a victim seeking compensation. The Law Offices of James B. Coulter will fight to recover the maximum compensation you deserve. Call (321) 586-9944 to schedule a free case evaluation.