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Many people are injured in hotels in New York. There were 6 fatal occupational injuries among accommodation and food services workers in New York City (NYC) during 2020. (1) For New York state, the figure rose to 12. (2)
“Crime in the city’s hotels and motels has soared by nearly 20 percent over the past three years… according to statistics compiled by an industry research group off NYPD data,” states a New York Post article in 2018. It continues, “In 2017, there were 2,656 hotel crimes reported city-wide, compared to 2,223 in 2015, a 19.5-percent increase.” (3)
These are startling numbers. Many staying at hotels are tourists or people traveling for business. A 2021 Office of the New York State Comptroller report noted, “The City’s tourism outlook fundamentally relies on a feeling of public safety for all visitors.” (4)
If you were at a NYC hotel and were severely injured while there, consider a negligence case against all those “involved in causing the injury.” (5) Negligence is when the hotel or its employees fail to act to keep their guests safe.
You could be harmed by a crime committed against you at the hotel, or from an accident occurring there. In either situation, the hotel may have been acting negligently.
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When accidents happen, your legal case hinges on whether you can show the court the hotel owners or their employees were somehow negligent. If you succeed, they can be held liable for your injuries. (9)
Negligence cases are often challenging. A knowledgeable attorney is key to the success of your case.
To win your negligence case in New York, it is important for you to show the court you were lawfully on the property when your injuries occurred. Additionally, you have to prove the negligence of the owners, employees — or both — caused your injuries. (11)
Your claim of negligence should be supported with evidence demonstrating to the court the owners or employees knew of the hazard. Yet they failed to fix the problem or inadequately fixed the problem. (12)
Vital to negligence claims is the evidence collected and presented to the court. There are steps you can take to help gather critical evidence for your case.
This information should be collected as soon as you are able. Do this while at the accident scene. Inform your attorney.
You also want to give your attorney copies of your medical bills and receipts for other expenses incurred due to the accident.
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Victims of accidents are eligible to collect monetary awards (damages) as compensation. (13) “The amount awarded is based on the proven harm, loss, or injury suffered.” (14)
Damages may be awarded for expenses such as:
Weitz & Luxenberg has a highly experienced personal injury team. Our attorneys work to help you collect the maximum damages you may be due. Contact us today.