Hotel Accidents in New Jersey | What You Need to Know

After a long day of traveling, a hotel can be one of the most relaxing places in the world. Unfortunately, hotels can be more dangerous than you may realize. When hotels and their amenities are not properly cared for, guests can become seriously injured. Read on to learn more about hotel accidents in New Jersey and what to do if an injury occurs.

Common causes of hotel accidents:

Hotel accidents are generally a result of:

  • Escalator accidents
  • Food poisoning
  • Hot tub accidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Gym equipment accidents
  • Unsanitary conditions, such as bed bugs
  • Parking lot/garage accidents
  • Inadequate security
  • Swimming pool accidents

Fulfilling the burden of proof:

If you have been injured in a hotel, you may be entitled to recover compensation. This is because an injury can cause serious physical, emotional, and financial burdens. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. This means providing evidence that the accident was a direct result of another party’s negligence. Some important steps to take include:

  • Calling 911- The police can send an ambulance and ensure the scene is safe.
  • Documenting the scene- Before leaving, take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
  • Notifying the manager- It is important to tell the hotel manager that an accident has occurred. This will allow him or her to file an accident report. If possible, obtain a copy of this report.
  • Seeking medical attention- One of the most important things you can do after an accident is to seek medical attention. This will help ensure that your injuries receive the proper treatment. Additionally, it can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
  • Obtaining witness contacts- If anyone saw your accident occur, he or she may be able to provide important witness testimony.
  • Contacting an attorney- An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, including police reports, security camera footage, and more.
  • Filing your claim on time- In order to recover the compensation you need and deserve, you will have to file your claim on time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the accident.

If you have been injured in a hotel accident, our firm is here to help.

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