Most people expect hotels to be places of comfort and relaxation. While they usually are, accidents can still happen. Hotels sometimes fail to take reasonable and necessary steps to ensure that guests are protected from injury and harm. Accidents can happen at any hotel, even the most respectable.
If you are injured while staying at the Embassy Suites in Philadelphia, you may be able to be compensated for damages. Contact a lawyer at the Reiff Law Firm for more information about how you can build your claim against the hotel in the aftermath of an injury sustained during your stay. Call (215) 515-8351 or visit the website of the Reiff Law Firm as soon as possible to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.
Types of Injuries That Can Happen in an Embassy Suites
The variety of facilities and amenities offered by the Embassy Suites in Philadelphia may be what makes staying there so pleasant, but if these facilities and amenities malfunction or are not properly monitored — or if something merely goes unrepaired for a little bit too long — they can often cause serious injuries. The following are a few of the common injuries that guests of hotels suffer during their stays.
Slips, Falls, and Burns
Slipping and falling in a hotel can cause severe injuries, including cuts, bruises, broken bones, sprained wrists and ankles, knee and shoulder damage, spine and nerve damage, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Falls in hotels can happen because of faulty handrails, improperly marked steps, poorly lit hallways or stairs, wet floors and slick surfaces, snowy or icy sidewalks, torn or rough carpeting, uneven walkways, and faulty or broken furniture.
Burns are another common injury that happens in hotels. They can be the result of scalding water in a shower or tub, defective heaters or radiators, malfunctioning hair dryers or other appliances, and food that is too hot in a restaurant or eating area. If you receive chemical burns from cleaning products that staff members leave lying around, you may also have a personal injury case.
Assault that happens on the premises of a hotel is a personal injury case in that it often happens as the result of insufficient security measures. In some cases, this means that the hotel staff is negligent in their duties. Assault that happens as a result of negligent security may also be due to inattentive front desk staff who do not properly screen visitors. Alternatively, it could mean that security guards are not patrolling the premises as dutifully as they should.
Other assault cases may be the result of negligent security on the premises, which may mean inadequate lighting in areas that guests pass through, broken or faulty locks on doors in guests’ rooms, or deficient security cameras or staff to monitor them. If a member of the hotel staff assaults a guest, then the hotel may be liable for failing to perform background checks or properly vet that staff member.
Malfunctioning Equipment and Facilities
Injuries in hotels can happen because of equipment and facilities that are not properly maintained. Injuries in hotels frequently happen on faulty and defective exercise equipment. Also, depending on circumstances surrounding the injury, it’s likely that an injury sustained in or near a pool or jacuzzi is the result of negligence on the part of the hotel and its staff.
What to Do If You Get Hurt at an Embassy Suites
If you plan on filing a personal injury claim as the result of your injury in an Embassy Suites in Philadelphia, you will need to prove negligence on the part of the hotel; this requires showing evidence that the hotel had a duty to protect you from harm, that the hotel did not perform its duty, and that specific and identifiable damages resulted from the hotel’s negligence. In order to build a case for yourself, there are a few steps you should take in the wake of your accident.
Firstly, get medical attention immediately. Failing to get the proper medical care can hurt your chances of being able to successfully file a claim at a later date. Make sure that you tell your medical care provider about the circumstances surrounding your injury.
Secondly, collect evidence related to the injury. Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident, record witness and employee statements about the accident, and record all relevant details. Record proof of damages as time passes following the accident, too: keep copies of medical bills, receipts for prescriptions, records of lost wages, and any other documentation related to your injury’s financial cost. Finally, file a report with the manager of the hotel.
Philadelphia Lawyer Available for Embassy Suites Personal Injury Cases
The lawyers who work with the Reiff Law Firm have been representing clients in hotel personal injury cases for decades and have recovered millions of dollars in damages for the victims they represent. If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury as the result of negligence at the Embassy Suites in Philadelphia, contact the Reiff Law Firm as soon as you can. To schedule a free consultation, call (215) 709-6940 or visit us online.