A security failure in a hotel, motel, inn or resort can have very serious consequences for guests. Innocent people are sometimes injured as a result of criminal acts that could have been prevented with adequate security. When this occurs, injured victims may be entitled to pursue compensation from the facility’s owner or other responsible parties.
Hotel guests, workers and visitors have a right to expect to be protected by reasonable security measures provided by the owners and managers. When those security measures are inadequate, criminals can cause injuries through gunshots, knife wounds, beatings, rape and other assaults. In the worst cases, criminal assault can result in fatalities.
If you were injured in an attack by a third-party assailant at a hotel, you should consult an experienced negligent security attorney as soon as possible about your potential legal remedies for your premises liability case. At The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our experienced Long Island personal injury lawyers can evaluate your case and determine who may be held legally liable for your injuries.
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Hotel owners may be liable for injuries that could have been prevented if adequate security had been provided. In some cases, hotel owners are more concerned with their bottom line than with the security of the people on their premises. Although criminals who commit assault are responsible for their crimes, property owners may have civil responsibility for injuries that occur because of negligent security that allows their guests, workers and visitors to fall victim to crime.
If you have been injured because of a criminal act committed in a hotel with inadequate security, your best course of action is to consult with a knowledgeable Long Island personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner your attorney can begin collecting evidence in your case, the better. Among other things, evidence may include hotel security camera tapes, 911 call recordings, witness statements and police reports.
A claim for injuries suffered because of criminal acts that could have been prevented with adequate hotel security is a type of premises liability claim. Hotel owners, managers and other responsible parties have a duty to take reasonable measures to provide security for their guests and others on the premises.
Generally, in order to prove a premises liability claim, it must be established: 1) that the injured party was on the premises lawfully (or, if not lawfully present, that the owner knew of the injured party’s presence and allowed it); 2) that an unsafe condition existed for which the property owner was negligent because the owner knew or should have known about the condition and failed to remedy it or to give warning; and 3) that the injuries suffered by the victim were caused by the property owner’s negligence.
Foreseeability is a key factor in negligent security claims. In every type of business that has business invitees – such as hotels, bars, shopping malls and retail stores – property owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care to protect people lawfully on their premises from criminal conduct that can be reasonably foreseen. For example, if a hotel is located in a known high-crime area, it may be reasonably foreseeable that criminals could target hotel guests. If so, the owners of the hotel may have a duty to take security measures, such as hiring guards, installing locks, using video surveillance and other steps.
No two premises liability claims are alike. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will evaluate the merits of your case and determine what parties may be liable for your injuries. Our firm is selective about the cases we accept, but if we take your case, you can have confidence that we will aggressively pursue the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive.
If you have been the victim of a crime that occurred on a hotel’s premises and suffered serious injuries as a result, you may be entitled to file a premises liability claim against the hotel’s owner, manager or other responsible party. Damages vary from case to case and depend on the severity and duration of the injuries. The greater your injuries, the greater the compensation you may be entitled to receive.
Depending on the circumstances in your particular case, damages may include:
Our practice is dedicated to helping victims of personal injury, including people harmed by inadequate security at hotels. Our lawyers have more than 100 years of combined legal experience, and we are well-versed in premises liability claims. We have recovered millions in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Our attorneys are dedicated client advocates who want to help you reclaim your life after suffering a serious personal injury. We are on your side, and we work hard to protect your rights and actively pursue the maximum compensation for your claim. You can have confidence that your case is in good hands with our firm.
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