Every year hundreds of thousands of people flock to Florida Hotels for vacation. It is a shame when that long awaited vacation is ruined by an injury at a hotel. Accidents of all types occur in busy and crowded hotels. Slip and falls, trip and falls, balcony falls, electrocutions, burn injuries, accidental pool drowning, elevator accidents, escalator injuries and falling objects are just some of the injury causing accidents that happen at hotels. In the following paragraphs you will find some useful information on what to do if you are injured in a hotel.
The first thing to do when you have had an accident at a hotel is make sure you get the proper medical care you need. Make sure to notify the hotel staff and ask them for the help you need. If your injury is serious ask the staff to call 911. Your health and well being are the most important things. Make sure to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Second, as soon as you are able, you should gather and preserve the evidence of your injury. This evidence should include the names, phone numbers and addresses of witnesses, pictures of where the injury occurred, as much information as possible on why the injury happened, a letter to the hotel demanding that they save and preserve all evidence of your injury in their possession, pictures of your injury and your medical records.
Third, you should consult with an Injury Attorney. The Attorney can gather the evidence for you and present it to the insurance company in a manner designed to maximize your recovery. The Injury Attorney will shield you from the adjusters, investigators, and lawyers whose sole purpose is to deny your injury claim. The Attorney will have access to and experience with the types of expert witnesses that you will need to prove your claim. The Injury Lawyer will be prepared to take your case to trial if necessary.
Hotels can commit negligence in many ways. They include allowing an unsafe condition to exist, failure to properly inspect their property, failure to properly maintain their property, failure to properly operate their facility, inadequate security, failure to warn of danger, criminal acts by hotel staff, hiring staff with criminal histories, defective equipment, and the list goes on.
Hopefully all of your vacations will be injury free, however, if you are injured in a hotel be sure to follow the three steps I have listed for you.