If you or a loved one have been injured in a hotel, the results can be quite devastating. Now that you have come to terms with it, you can begin to ask the right questions of the right people here in St. Petersburg because you might just be able to collect compensation to cover the financial, as well as emotional, losses that come with such injuries.
A slip and fall or other injury occurring in a hotel can be very troubling. Aside from the obvious embarrassment that often accompanies situations like these in such a public place, falls can often lead to broken bones, damaged tendons, dislocations, fractures, or even permanent damage to the neck or back. That can mean time away from work, the loss of a job, compounding medical expenses, and fear of your future financial position. For these reasons, it is not uncommon for people injured in hotels to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney. It is possible that you may have a claim against the hotel chain, some other business, or even the landlord.
If you have been injured in a hotel in an accident, whether on vacation or there for business reasons, you should write down anything and everything you remember about the incident. Immediately take some pictures with your phone of what you slipped on, the area, lighting, and so forth. If you lost consciousness and someone was there with you at the time, ask that person to do the same. The more you can tell the attorney, the better equipped he or she will be to evaluate how much your case may be worth. People are often not able to make a claim for injuries if they have no idea what they had slipped on or cannot show, somehow, that the danger had been there for an “unreasonable” amount of time. This is why it is so important to take pictures and speak to an attorney right away.
It is important to understand that the court will require three things from you before your case will be considered and before any kind of financial compensation can be sought.
- #1. Negligence. Some person or company must have done something wrong. The list of things required from landowners or companies can vary depending on why you were on the property.
- #2. Damages. You must have suffered a real injury or damage. These can include physical Injuries, such as broken bones, pulled or strained neck or back, surgeries and any resulting medical bills, and work-related losses as well, such as lost wages and/or inability to perform the same work-related tasks in the future. All these factors will be considered.
- #3. Causation. In order for the case to be successful, you must also prove that the injury was caused by this specific incident. If you plan to make a claim against or sue a hotel, they might try to claim that your injuries were pre-existing.
If you believe you have a case that could meet these criteria, then it certainly cannot hurt to speak with a personal injury attorney in Saint Petersburg. Bring along the notes, photographs, and any other evidence that you may have that could prove useful to the attorney. He or she will likely ask a lot of questions about what occurred, including how, when, where, and why it happened. The lawyer will also want to know the specifics about your injuries and the care that you have received before and after the incident. If you have lost wages, been forced to relinquish your job, or will not be able to continue to do the work going forward, be sure that this is discussed as well. All of this information will be considered by the attorney, as he or she tries to determine what your case might be worth, and whether or not you have a valid claim that can be brought to the courts if negotiations fail.