If you have been criminally assaulted and injured on the premises of a hotel or motel in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you may have a claim against the owner and/or operator of that hotel or motel. Experienced personal injury attorneys, like those at the Halperin Law Center, have been successful in holding hotel and motel owners and operators liable in these situations.
The injuries include persons who were:
- Sexually assaulted
- Stabbed or beaten
If you think you may have such a claim against a Virginia hotel or motel for injuries, be sure to contact an attorney who has had experience and success with these types of cases. The personal injury attorneys at the Halperin Law Center are ready to be your partner in justice.
HOTEL PROPERTY INJURIES IN VIRGINIA
Failure to use the "utmost care" can result in hotel patrons and visitors becoming the victims of crime or suffering injuries. Many of the accidents and injuries suffered at a hotel are typical premises liability cases. When crime is involved, however, the focus is not just that of premises liability, but criminal activity as well. That means it can be harder to prove negligence on the side of third parties. You will need to challenge the security or safety measures of the property.
Your attorney will need to examine whether or not the hotel should have anticipated the crime and could have prevented it by taking various security measures.
Factors to be determined are whether sufficient warnings were provided to guests, whether:
- Proper locks were installed on windows and doors.
- Whether or not security guards were present.
- Adequate lighting was provided in parking and hallway areas.
- The design of the hotel itself lends it to a higher rate of crime.
UTMOST CARE IN HOTELS & MOTELS
The heightened duty of "utmost care" required by a hotel or motel may also apply to a hotel's duty to keep you safe from other injuries, as well. Some common accidents and injuries suffered at hotels and motels include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Pool injuries
- Burns from scalding hot water
- Falls due to dangerous property defects
A personal injury lawyer who has experience with premises liability cases against hotels and motels will be able to investigate your accident and injury, along with the industry standards of care and applicable laws to help you determine if you have a viable claim against a hotel, motel, or resort for injuries.
Establishing civil liability against third parties for the criminal acts of others is tough, but possible, particularly when there is a required heightened duty of care, such as exists with hotels and motels. That heightened duty of care may also apply to other accidents and injuries at a hotel. If you or a loved one have been injured by a criminal act or other accident at a hotel or motel in Virginia, contact the experienced Richmond personal injury attorneys at the Halperin Law Center for free initial consultation.
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