New York City is the biggest and most popular city in the United States. It attracts millions of people from around the world each year. To accommodate these tourists, there are hundreds of hotels throughout the city for guests to come and experience the Big Apple. When people stay at a hotel, they trust that it is safe for them to enjoy their visit. They put faith in the owners, as well as the staff, to provide a properly maintained establishment for their guests. However, accidents are subject to happen in a hotel if its staff does not provide a certain standard of care. This requires hotels to conduct routine inspections of their grounds and follow a proper safety protocol to keep their guests free of harm. If they fail to do so, people can become seriously injured at the hotel’s expense. If you were injured because of a hotel’s negligence, it is important to seek legal representation for your case.
Types of Hotel Accidents
The city of New York is a very busy place, therefore hotels can become crowded as a result. People are constantly moving in and out of New York hotels to see what the city has to offer. In order to keep guests happy and entertained, hotels offer many amenities. If a hotel does not take care of these amenities, accidents can happen and guests can get hurt. There are many ways an accident can happen in a hotel. This may include:
- Stairwell accidents
- Elevator/escalator accidents
- Defective gym equipment
- Unsafe buildings and walkways
- Swimming pool accidents
- Food poisoning
- Inadequate security on the premises
Property owners have an obligation to take care of their grounds so that it is safe for guests. The is true for hotel owners and the staff they hire to run the business. This obligation requires the staff to repair or remove any hazardous conditions. It also mandates that they notify guests of any unfixed dangers, train the staff for all emergency and safety procedures, and hire proper security. If they fail to do so, the hotel may be held liable for any injuries that happen on their premises.
When an injured person wishes to hold a hotel responsible for what happened to them, they must prove the owner was negligent in providing safe conditions for their guests. In order to do this, they must satisfy the “burden of proof.” The burden of proof requires the injured to gather evidence that proves the hotel owner knew, or should have known about, the harmful conditions and did nothing to fix it. Evidence for a case may include any medical documentation of the injury, security footage of the hotel, pictures of the hazard, or any witnesses that were present at the time of the accident.
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If you or someone you know was injured due to hotel negligence and wish to seek legal representation, contact the Law Offices of Mark L. Bodner, P.C. today.
At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of medical malpractice. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.