Many people stay in hotels that they believe will be as comfortable as their own homes. They do not expect to be hurt while on vacation or traveling for work. Unfortunately, hotels can have dangerous conditions, such as broken balcony railings, unsafe hot tubs, or frequent criminal occurrences. In most cases, guests cannot inspect the property to make sure these conditions do not exist before choosing to stay at the hotel. At Feizy Law Office, our premises liability lawyers may be able to guide victims in Dallas and the surrounding cities through pursuing damages from a hotel where they were injured due to a defective property condition.Seek Compensation from a Hotel in Texas after a Slip and Fall
A wide range of dangerous conditions may be found in hotels. Any hotel stay that results in an injury due to a dangerous property condition may be the basis for a premises liability lawsuit. If you successfully prove your case, you may be able to recover compensatory damages. These often include medical expenses, lost income, lost earning capacity, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Hotels must keep their premises safe for their guests. In Texas, they have a duty to their guests to make the property safe or give warnings about concealed, unreasonably dangerous conditions. As an accident victim trying to hold a hotel liable for your injuries, you would need to prove that you were a hotel guest, the defendant is the hotel owner, the defendant knew or should have known about the defective condition, the defendant breached the duty of reasonable care by failing to repair or give a warning, and the breach was the legal cause of your injuries. A hotel owner must inspect the property on a routine basis and repair dangerous conditions, or provide warnings about those that cannot be repaired in time. The longer that a particular dangerous condition exists, the greater the likelihood that a hotel owner failed to inspect the premises as it should have.
There is generally no duty in Texas to warn of obvious dangers, but there are certain exceptions. These are foreseeable criminal liability and necessary use. The former exception exists if there are numerous crimes in or around a particular hotel. If it is foreseeable that a particular crime will occur, the hotel owes a duty to warn guests or take certain security measures. For example, if there are frequent nighttime assaults in the hotel parking lot, it should be foreseeable to the hotel that another assault will occur there. In that case, it may be necessary for the hotel to have security guards and added lights. Necessary use applies when someone must expose him or herself to danger, even though the danger is open and obvious. For example, if the hotel uses an independent contractor to take care of electrical repairs, and the electrician must expose himself to danger to fix the electrical circuits, this may be a necessary use.Discuss Your Premises Liability Case with a Dallas Lawyer
Evidence may vanish quickly after an accident. Therefore, if you are hurt at a hotel, you should take pictures of the dangerous property condition and document your injuries and what happened. At Feizy Law Office, our Dallas attorneys can help victims of a slip and fall at a hotel pursue the damages that they are owed. Call us at (214) 651-8686 or use our online form to schedule a free consultation. We also assist injured people in other Texas cities, such as Arlington, Fort Worth, Irving, Garland, and Plano.