When you choose to spend the night in a Connecticut hotel, you almost certainly have the expectation that you will be safe from unnecessary hazards. However, injuries in hotels do happen, and they are not always the fault of the guest. You may think that your slip-and-fall or other type of accident was the result of your own clumsiness, but that may not necessarily be the case.
Hotels are responsible for ensuring that their premises are safe for all visitors. This means that there are no hazards, such as unmarked wet floors or broken stairs, which could cause harm to a guest. If you were hurt in a hotel due to circumstances beyond your control, it is possible that you have grounds for a premises liability claim.
How do I know that I really have a case?
It can be difficult to determine if you should move forward with a civil claim or if you would be successful if you did so. There are a few questions that you can ask regarding your situation that will help you determine the correct course of action:
- Did the hotel owe you a certain duty of care as a registered guest or visitor to the premises?
- Did the hotel violate that duty by allowing the presence of unmarked, dangerous conditions?
- Did this breach of duty ultimately lead to the incident that caused you physical, emotional and financial injury?
- Is there evidence that you suffered harm as a result of this incident?
If you answered the above questions affirmatively, it is likely that you have grounds to move forward with a civil claim against the hotel. However, it is always smart to know more about your rights and options, which you can do as soon as possible after your accident. If your premises liability claim is successful, you may be able to claim compensation for your accident-related losses, as well as for your pain and suffering.
Don’t check out on your right to compensation
You may feel embarrassed about what happened to you or you may feel unsure about your legal options, but you always have the right to seek a legal opinion regarding your choices. You would be wise not to make assumptions about your case and your potential premises liability claim, but to take quick action to protect your interests.
It may seem like a daunting prospect after an accident, but it is possible to hold liable parties accountable for what you suffered while a guest at a hotel.