Hotel Silver Lake is located at 250 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90004. The hotel is located just a few miles away from the Crypto.com Arena (formerly the Staples Center), the Microsoft Theater, the Dodger Stadium, the Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Boal, and other popular areas in the city. The hotel’s online listings claim to have multi-lingual staff ready to help guests. Because of this, Hotel Silver Lake is a relatively popular choice for those looking for accommodations.
They also claim to be ADA compliant. However, there have been many complaints regarding their bathrooms in the past. Even a quick online search and a review of the photos of their facilities show that they fall short when it comes to ADA compliance.
If you or a loved one are disabled and booked an ADA room with Hotel Silverlake and suffered an injury, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. You could have the right to file a lawsuit for the harm that you or a loved one suffered.
For more information about the legal options available to you, you should contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers have decades of experience handling all sorts of injury claims, including injury claims stemming from ADA non-compliance. Contact us at your earliest convenience – our lawyers are ready to help you.
What is the ADA?
ADA refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several different areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, etc. Hotels and motels must be ADA compliant. Some of the most common examples of ADA compliance in hotels and motels include the following: installing ramps to make facilities wheelchair accessible, having wider doorways and hallways, having elevators, ensuring enough floor space between beds, emodifying restrooms to allow wheelchair accessibility.
Below, we will specifically discuss the need of ensuring that hotels restrooms are completely ADA compliant.
Bathroom Requirements in Hotels
There are many different requirements that hotel owners must adhere to in order for their accessible guest rooms to remain ADA compliant. These requirements are listed below:
- Bathrooms must provide enough clear floor space for a wheelchair to turn around.
- Bathrooms with a bathtub must have in-tub seats. These seats can either be permanently affixed to the end of the bathtub or removable but with secure placement so that they are unmovable during use.
- Bathrooms must have parallel grab bars on the back wall of the tub.
- Bathrooms must have one horizontal grab bar on the control wall.
- Bathrooms using a removable seat must also have another grab bar opposite of the control wall.
- Bathrooms with roll-in showers must have shower seats and controls within reach of the seat.
Many hotels do not provide the necessary bathtub seats. Instead, they offer plastic shower chairs or stools. In the images of the ADA bathrooms at the Silverlake Hotel, it is clear that they offer only the plastic shower chairs, which are a violation of ADA regulations. In addition. These plastic shower chairs have been known to be dangerous when used in bathtubs.
Possible Injuries Associated with Non-Compliant Hotel Bathrooms
When hotel bathrooms are not accessible for people with disabilities, then a number of incidents can occur. Whether the grab bars are not placed correctly, are loose/broken, or shower seats are unstable, for example, people with disabilities can potentially fall and sustain severe injuries. Examples of injuries could include the following:
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve injuries
- Scrapes and bruises
Although these injuries might seem to be only minor, it is important to understand that people with disabilities sometimes have underlying conditions that make them more prone to serious injuries and to not recovering well from said injuries. Because of this, it is of utmost importance that that hotel bathrooms are truly ADA compliant and that people with disabilities can use hotel facilities without any risk of injury.
Can I Sue Silver Lake Hotel for an ADA Bathroom Injury?
Yes – you could have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit for the harm that you or a loved one suffered due to an ADA violation in a hotel bathroom. For a successful lawsuit, your lawyer must be able to prove that the property owner knew or should have known of the hazard caused by their ADA violation. This is based on the concept of premise liability, in which all property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe for all their guests. By failing to address hazards present on their premises, then property owners could be found liable for any resulting harm.
For more information about your right to file a lawsuit, do not hesitate to reach out to our team as soon as possible. Our Silverlake Hotel ADA bathroom injury attorneys are ready to evaluate your situation and help you better understand your right to file a lawsuit.
Can I Recover Compensation?
Yes – you could be eligible to recover compensation for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered on the premises of Hotel Silver Lake. Some of the categories of compensation available for recovery could include the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
- Wrongful death benefits: loss of support, loss of consortium, and funeral/burial costs, etc.
For more information about the compensation that you could be eligible to recover, contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers are ready to fight for your right to recovery the highest amount of compensation available for your claim.
Common Questions Regarding Your Potential Recovery
Our law firm often gets the following questions:
- What is the average value of cases similar to mine?
- How long will it take to settle my case?
The truth is that it can be difficult to answer these questions, as every case is different.
Although we cannot establish an average value, we can establish a range. In general, hotel bathroom injury claims can be worth anywhere from $150,000 to $750,000, although these claims can sometimes exceed this range. Ultimately, the value of your claim will be based on many different factors, including the type of injuries sustained, whether injuries were permanent, etc.
In addition, the time that it takes to settle these types of cases can also vary significantly. Here at our law firm, we work with the goal of settling these cases in as little as 6 months. However, there are many complications that can arise and result in the case taking longer to settle. Some injury cases can take up to two years to settle.
How Long Do I Have to File My Claim?
In California, all personal injury claims are subject to a statute of limitations which determines the time that claimants have to sue. If claimants do not file their claims on time, then they could lose their right to sue entirely. So, how long do you have to file a lawsuit.?
Your claim will likely be subject to a two-year statute of limitations, which means that you will have only two years to file your claim. However, some exceptions could apply; therefore, it is important that you seek legal assistance immediately to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the time that you have to sue.
Recommended Steps to Take
If you were injured in a hotel bathroom, whether it was at Hotel Silver Lake or any other hotel, we recommend that you do the following:
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- Take photos of all visible injuries
- Take photos of the scene of the accident
- Take photos of the hazard that caused the accident
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible
- Report the incident to the hotel management
- Gather any communication between you and the hotel management
- Do not agree to any form of compensation, including free stays, refunds, etc.
- Gather all relevant medical records
- Gather any records of lost income
- Seek legal assistance as soon as possible
Here at our law firm, our lawyers have decades of experience handling personal injury claims and fighting for their rights of our clients. Our team is more than ready to guide you every step of the way and ensure that you are properly compensated. We offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address absolutely all your concerns – ensuring that you have access to all the information that you might need to begin or continue your claim.
Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that you will never have to pay upfront legal fees for our legal services. In addition, we work on continency. This means that our clients will not be required to pay anything until after winning their claims. If you do not win, you simply will not be required to pay any legal costs.
If you are ready to speak with our lawyers about your right to sue after an injury due to non-compliant bathrooms in a hotel, contact us at your earliest convenience.