Can a Hotel be Liable for Your Injuries?
Can a Hotel be Liable for Your Injuries?

If you are staying in a hotel, you have certain expectations about your experience. Regardless of the kind of hotel or the reason for your stay, you expect to be given a clean room and amenities, like fresh sheets and towels. You also expect the property to be maintained properly so that it is safe for you as a guest.

Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Sometimes people are injured while staying in a hotel, through no fault of their own. If this has happened to you, you may be wondering if the hotel might be liable for your injuries.

The answer is yes, a hotel can be held responsible for injuries you suffered on the property. However, you will have to prove that the hotel’s negligence caused the condition or incident that led to your injury.

As with any premises liability case, you will have to establish that:

  1. The hotel breached a duty owed to you, the hotel guest. This is fairly simple to establish, as a hotel guest is considered an invitee under premises liability law. Invitees are owed the highest level of responsibility by the premises owner. The owner’s duty of reasonable care includes maintaining and repairing property to ensure that it is in a reasonably safe condition. It also includes warning guests of any unusual or dangerous conditions that could lead to injury, such as wet floors.
  2. You suffered injuries. Of course, you will need to prove that you did indeed suffer injuries in the incident in order to claim damages. These injuries can include physical injuries, as well as mental and emotional harm. A personal injury attorney can help you determine the amount of damages to claim for your injuries.
  3. Your injuries were a result of the hotel’s negligence. Being injured at a hotel is not enough to make the hotel liable. Your injury must be a direct result of the hotel’s negligence. For instance, if you spill something in your hotel room and then slip on it, that is not the fault of the hotel. But if the floors in the hotel lobby were wet and the hotel failed to put up a warning sign, a slip and fall in the lobby may be the result of hotel negligence.

If you can establish that all of these things occurred, then you may have a premises liability case against the hotel. Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to take the next step toward obtaining compensation for your damages.

“Guests of any private property are owed a duty of care by the property owner or occupier. When a hotel breaches that duty of care for their guests, they can be held liable for resulting injuries,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, El Centro, and Yucca Valley, and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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