Dallas Hotel Accident Attorney
Going on a vacation is arguably the most joyful and exciting experience for many people in our country regardless of whether you book a hotel room somewhere in Dallas, Texas, or elsewhere in the U.S. or are vacationing abroad.
And while most of us expect the hotel to care about our safety and eliminate all obvious and non-obvious risks to our safety and health for the duration of our stay, there are many hotels, motels, and resorts that fail to provide safe premises to all their guests and ensure a high standard of care.
“Interestingly, hotel owners have the same legal duty of care to protect U.S. citizens from harm both in the U.S. and when vacationing in other countries,” says our Dallas hotel accident attorney at Law Office of Dorothy Hyde.
If you were injured at a hotel in your room, lobby, bathroom, swimming pool, parking lot, or any other area on the hotel’s property, you may be able to hold the hotel responsible for your injury. However, there are certain elements of a personal injury claim that you will have to establish with the help of a skilled premises liability lawyer in order to receive compensation.
Why proving the hotel’s fault for your injury is difficult
More often than not, hotels are sued by their guests in personal injury lawsuits due to the hotel’s negligent maintenance of its grounds. If a hotel fails to take reasonable care of its premises and maintain it in a safe and sanitary condition, that hotel is breaching its duty of care and can be held liable for any resulting damages and losses suffered by the injured guest.
However, since most hotels hire the best defense lawyers in Texas, proving negligence or carelessness on the part of a hotel can be extremely difficult. Hotels and their insurance companies are not eager to provide payments left and right, which is why they may:
- attempt to review your personal injury claim under the magnifying glass to find even the slightest errors to give them basis for denying your claim
- delay investigation or payment of your claim to wait until you leave their hotel and carry on with your life (and, as they hope, forget about the accident)
- destroy or tamper with evidence that proves the hotel’s liability
- argue that you assumed the risk of bodily injury when participating in a given activity
- argue that you acted negligently and contributed to the hotel accident and
- argue that the dangerous condition that caused your injury was obvious and you were reasonably expected to notice it and avoid this accident
As you may have guessed, these are just a small fraction of deceitful, manipulative, unfair, and dishonest tactics used by insurance companies, hotels, and their lawyers to deny your claim or substantially minimize its value.
Hotel’s liability and causes of hotel accidents
Our experienced hotel accident attorney in Dallas has outlined some of the most common causes of guest injury for which a hotel can be held liable:
- Slip and fall accidents caused by the hotel staff’s failure to clean up spills and accumulation of liquid within a reasonable amount of time;
- Trip and fall accidents caused by frayed, wrinkled or damaged carpets, uneven steps or flooring, uncovered cables, crumbling concrete, and other hazards;
- Poorly maintained or supervised swimming pools;
- Selling or serving spoiled, expired, or otherwise unsafe food (food poisoning accidents);
- Elevator, escalator, and staircase accidents;
- Parking lot accidents;
- Accidents and incidents caused by inadequate security measures or poor lighting;
- Insect and bed bug infestation;
- Infections from unsafe showers, bathtubs, and toilets;
- Toxic mold in walls and ceiling;
- Poorly maintained, defective, faulty, or otherwise dangerous products and furniture on the property;
- Burn injuries and electrocutions caused by faulty electrical appliances and exposed electrical wires; and
- Criminal activity or theft on the hotel’s premises.
Generally, in order to prove the hotel’s fault in a hotel accident and hold it responsible for your injury, you will need to prove that (a) the hotel was aware or should have been aware of the dangerous condition that caused or contributed to your injury, and (b) the hotel failed to remedy the condition or address the issue that caused or contributed to your injury.