No one plans to get hurt at a hotel. With 63 percent of Americans stating they intend to stay in a hotel this holiday season, injuries can and do happen. From Christmas vacations to hotel stays while visiting relatives, whatever the reason for your stay, your hotel is responsible for your well-being while you are a guest. If you become injured because of hotel management’s negligence, you can consider filing a personal injury lawsuit to recover fair compensation from the hotel or its insurance company.
When you are paying for your accommodations, you expect them to be clean and safe. This includes proper maintenance of common areas such as elevators, hallways, sidewalks, and stairways. Unfortunately, not all hotels keep their grounds free from the kinds of hazards that frequently lead to accidents and injuries of their guests. Some of the most common reasons for hotel guest injuries include:
Laws vary from state to state. In New Mexico, hotels are liable to guests for any injuries or illnesses that arise out of the hotel’s negligence. Loss or theft of property is included as a legal right for guests in New Mexico hotels, even though it does not fall under personal injury law. Among the many assurances that hotels must provide to guests includes their safety and security. A hotel is obligated to extend these protections to common and private areas of their facility, including:
Hotels must take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and prevent foreseeable accidents. They have a duty of care to protect guests from harm that could reasonably happen if they ignore their obligations. For instance, if they provide a shuttle bus service from the airport, they must perform background checks on their drivers to make sure they have a clean criminal and driving record. If their driver has an accident that causes injuries to passengers and it later comes out that they had a history of reckless driving, the hotel can be on the hook. If they provide parking lots and garages for guests, they must take measures to keep those areas safe and protected. These are just two examples.
If you or a member of your party suffers injuries because of the hotel’s negligence, it is important to obtain the proper documentation. Photos of poorly maintained stairways or furniture that is ill-repaired or worn help prove your case if you are injured using them. If you require medical treatment from a slip or fall, your medical records serve as evidence of your injuries and how they were obtained. Calling a personal injury lawyer experienced in hotel claims is another important step injured hotel guests must take as soon as possible. Give us a call at 505-750-2363 or request your free case consultation online today, and a member of our team will be happy to assist.