On March 18, 2021, at approximately 7:28 a.m. emergency responders pronounced the victim dead. Sydney Therriault of Beallsville, Maryland, who was only 22-years-old died after getting stuck in the window of her hotel in Florida. She had been staying at the Pelican RV Resort & Marina in Grassy Key, Florida.
According to officials, it appeared that the victim did not have her hotel key and was simply trying to enter her room through the window. Unfortunately, as she tried to go in through the window, she got stuck and asphyxiated. According to authorities, no foul play is suspected.
The incident is unfortunately, however, it is still unclear how she ended up stuck in the window – which (based on photos) appear to be rectangular and tempered glass.
Is the Hotel Liable?
Although this appears to be an unfortunate accident, it is possible for the hotel to have at least some sort of liability. This is because all hotel owners owe their guests a duty of care. They have a duty to keep their premises free of any hazards that could potentially harm their guests. When hotel owners breach their duty of care, they can be liable for any harm resulting from incidents associated with dangerous conditions on their premises.
What could’ve happened? Although there is no way to know until the investigation is complete, it is possible that the windows were hazardous (the window could’ve come down suddenly after being opened). In addition, it is possible that the hotel didn’t have any alternative methods of accessing the hotel room after losing or forgetting a key, leading to guests trying to access rooms through windows. Of course, this is all speculation.
If you or a member of your family suffered harm as a direct result of the negligence of a hotel owner (i.e., there were dangerous conditions throughout the hotel premises), the hotel owner could be held accountable. This means that affected parties and their families could sue. If you would like to learn more about establishing hotel liability and determining whether you could pursue an injury claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm as soon as possible.
Suing and Recovering Compensation
If you or a member of your family suffered harm in a hotel incident in Florida or elsewhere, you might have grounds to pursue an injury claim – in the case of death, you could pursue a wrongful death claim. If your claim is successful, you could be eligible to recover monetary compensation for the harm suffered. What could you recover? Some of the categories of compensation that you could be eligible to recover could include the following:
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial costs
- Punitive damages
- Legal costs
If you are interested in learning more about the type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to recover, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our firm immediately. Our hotel injury lawyers are ready to aggressively fight for your right to recover the compensation that you are owed.
Steps to Follow
After a hotel incident, victims and their families should do a number of things to prepare to pursue a claim. Consider some of the recommendations listed below:
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- Seek medical assistance immediately
- Take photos of all injuries
- Take photos of the hazard that caused the incident
- Report the incident to the hotel owner
- Collect a copy of the report that you made
- Speak to witnesses and contact their contact information
- Gather any video footage of the incident
- Gather records of medical costs
- Gather records of lost earnings
- Gather records of funeral and burial costs, if applicable
- Seek legal assistance immediately
If you are in need of a hotel injury attorney after an incident on the premises of a hotel or resort, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately. Our hotel injury attorneys are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your claim and fight for your right to recover the compensation that you are owed. At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers have many years of experience handling all sorts of injury claims, including those arising from hotel incidents. You can trust that our lawyers will guide you every step of the way.
At our firm, we offer free legal services. Our free legal services include free consultations and free second opinions. During these legal services, our lawyers will be able to answer all your questions and address all of your concerns. Our attorneys will provide you with the information that you need to pursue your claim against the negligent hotel owner. If you would like to benefit from our free legal services, contact us immediately.
We also offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will not be required to pay any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. Our firm is also based on contingency; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay anything until anything after reaching a successful claim outcome.
If you are ready to speak with our experts, contact us today.
Earnings from a Product Liability Claim against Belkin
The value of a product liability lawsuit will largely be determined by the injuries you suffered and how extensive they were. If you were seriously hurt, you will potentially receive a larger settlement offer than if you only suffered minor injuries. The insurance agent wants to preserve profits and not pay out settlements, and we aim to bring you the maximum settlement available under the law. Our goal is to secure you compensation for the following:
- Medical bills and expenses from the past and future for surgery, hospitalization fees, medication, physical therapy, and more
- Lost wages if you were unable to work or could not return to work in the future
- Property damage to cover lost items and personal belongings
- Pain and suffering damages to account for emotional trauma, anxiety, PTSD, fear, and more
You should not be expected to foot the bill for all of these expenses if you were not responsible for the incident in the first place. A defective product claim can allow you to receive the compensation you need to pay for these damages.
Our Firm’s Promise
Our goal at the Downtown LA Law Group is to ensure that you are wholly covered for your losses if you were hurt because of a defective product. Our product liability lawyers are known as the best in town, and we have years of experience and numerous reviews to back us up. We will stop at nothing to bring you every penny you deserve, even if it means going to court to defend your rights.
For a free legal consultation, call our law offices today. All consultations are confidential and your private information or case details will not be shared elsewhere. We will also give you our zero fee guarantee on your case. We won’t get paid unless and until we win. If we lose, we get nothing at all. Either way, your finances will not be altered by pursuing legal help with us.
Don’t hesitate to contact the Downtown LA Law Group if you wish to sue Belkin for injuries from a defective charging bank.