Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, has handled numerous accident and injury lawsuits against Hyatt Hotels and other chains. We have seen individuals with numerous types of damages to their bodies, whether by falling at the hotel or getting hurt in a one of the facilities. The hotel should be held accountable for the injuries that guests sustain if the hotel could have prevented the injuries from occurring. This is the basic tenet of personal injury and premises liability, and our lawyers will be sure to follow the law accordingly and bring you the necessary compensation you need to move on and pay off your expenses.
Types of Hotel Accidents
Hotels have many different areas that can be dangerous. Externally, the sidewalks, outer grounds, and parking lots may have potholes and cracks that could cause slip and falls or trip and falls. Inside, there are numerous facilities and rooms that can cause accidents. A few examples include:
- Spas, where guests may fall over towels and chairs
- Pools, where pool accidents can occur due to broken diving boards, broken or unscrewed ladders, slippery tiles, improper pool equipment, and more
- Gyms, where equipment, weights, cables, and machines can malfunction and cause injuries
There are also problems that can arise within the rooms themselves. For instance, shower accidents can happen because of a lack of a rail or an unsteady or broken curtain rod; the chairs and beds can collapse, leading to head injuries; and bed bugs may infest the room, causing bites and other reactions. Some incidents may not be accidental at all. When incidents are carried out by other guests, the hotel can be held accountable. Sexual assaults or physical assaults can be carried out by other guests, random individuals who have entered the hotel, security guards, hotel workers, and more. A sexual assault can lead to long term emotional trauma, even in cases where the injuries are not permanent. You should always be extremely careful when at Hyatt Hotels. If you are involved in an accident, your best bet is to contact one of our hotel accident lawyers.
The hotel can be found liable if it played a part in some way in the accident. This is most common in premises liability cases where the hotel staff, property manager, or maintenance crew did not ensure a safe environment for the guests. To sue, you will need to prove one of three points of premises liability:
- The property owner caused the hazard or accident
- The property owner knew about the issue and did not do anything to remedy it
- The property owner was not aware of the issue, but he reasonably should have been if he had paid close enough attention or been more careful
These points are specific to premises liability claims. To file a personal injury claim, you must establish four points of negligence, which include you being owed a duty of care that was breached by the responsible party, and the breach resulted in an accident that caused physical injuries.
Hyatt Hotels Injuries
You should be careful at hotels simply because of how dangerous they can be. The injuries you can suffer may include permanent damages, which can completely alter your life, career, and more. Somme of the injuries that can be suffered at hotels include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Torn muscles
- Nerve damage
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord damage and disc injuries
- Knee injuries to the LCL, ACL, and MCL
- Hip damage
Injuries that require extensive treatment and need you to go to the doctor for numerous types of procedures often result in the highest bills and expenses. Thus, if you were seriously injured, it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer who has taken on lawsuits against Hyatt Hotels.
Procedure after an Accident at a Hotel
It is not uncommon for individuals to not know what to do after an accident at a hotel. Many people will mistakenly get rid of evidence or leave before they can collect proof. The main point is to not approach the hotel with any complaints or alerts until you have gotten as much evidence as you need. The reason is simple: the hotel will often immediately take you to another room or try to fix the issue you brought up. If they do quarantine the area, fix the problem, or manage to bar you from being nearby, you will not be able to show what caused the accident. You should not file an incident report until you have taken your own evidence. The steps you should follow are:
- Go to the doctor or call the paramedics so you can get medical treatment and ensure that you are not seriously injured, or so you can be appropriately treated
- Hold on to your medical bills, doctor’s notes, and anything else from the hospital
- Do not delay going to the doctor, as a gap between the injury and the treatment will be a red flag to the insurance agency
- Ask any eyewitnesses for their statements or testimonies if they saw the incident happen or if they also suffered a similar incident
- Take photos of your injuries
- Take pictures of any defects that you noticed or of what caused the incident
- Get necessary contact information from the hotel
- Request a copy of the security or surveillance footage if it is available
In some cases, you should certainly call the police, such as if a sexual assault occurs. Then, you can request a copy of the police report after there has been an investigation. However, the police are not always going to come to the hotel. Following these steps will allow you to be properly prepared for your lawsuit and will keep you as safe as possible. Once you have gathered your evidence, you can present it to an attorney at our firm, who will then write the demand letter to he insurance company on your behalf and will request the appropriate compensation.
Hotel Accident Lawsuit Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations during which you can file a lawsuit is 2 years. If you don’t manage to file a lawsuit within this time, you will be prevented from doing so in the future. It is very important that you take legal action within an appropriate time; the longer you wait, the more likely it is that your evidence will get lost or corrupted and that key witnesses will not clearly remember what happened. There is the chance that your statute of limitations can be tolled, or extended. This is common in cases wherein the victim is under 18 years old, not in a fit state mentally or physically to sue, or when the defendant has left the state for a period of time.
Compensation from a Hyatt Accident
If you have been hurt at one of the many Hyatt Hotels, you could receive compensation for your injuries. This compensation can include coverage for various expenses that racked up after the incident and as a result of the damages. You should not be expected to pay for these damages if you did not have a part in the damage or if the hotel was negligent in some way. The expenses you could receive include:
- Medical bills for surgery, hospitalization, medication, therapy, and future treatments
- Property damage for any items that were lost or broken in the incident
- Lost income for wages you could not collect due to injuries, as well as future missed wages
- Pain and suffering damages for emotional turmoil, psychological stress, PTSD, anxiety, and fear
In some instances, there are opportunities to collect other forms of compensation, such as punitive damages and wrongful death damages. These are only available in times of gross negligence r when a family member or loved one passes away in the incident. They are, of course, rare to win, even if the circumstances do allow for them. You will need a skilled lawyer to acquire such compensation for you.
The Firm for You
The Downtown LA Law Group is the premier firm for anyone who has suffered an accident while staying at one of the Hyatt Hotels. We know the best methods to winning your claim and will not rest until we bring you the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers are highly recommended and extremely qualified; we have decades of combined experience. If you are in need of aggressive representation from a firm that will pursue your maximum settlement, look no further than ours. We can provide you with a free legal consultation to discuss your case. You are encouraged to ask us questions, and we will look over your claim and tell you what we believe we can win for you. If you’d like to hire us, we will also give you our zero fee guarantee, which is a promise that says that you won’t touch your own savings or finances throughout the legal process. We will cover the costs of the case ourselves, and if we win, the payment for our fees will come out of the settlement we bring you. If we lose, we don’t get paid at all, and you owe nothing. Let our Hyatt hotel accident attorneys assist you with your lawsuit. Get in touch with the Downtown LA Law Group today.