When you check into a hotel, you hope that your safety and security will be a top priority for management. Unfortunately, serious crimes such as theft, burglary, robbery, rape, assault, battery, and homicide occur on hotel properties every year. In many cases, these crimes could have been prevented if not for negligent security at the hotel. Consider signs to look for during a hotel stay that could signify your safety is at risk.
Have you suffered an injury or loss because of negligent security at a hotel? Our experienced injury lawyers can help you file a claim for compensation against the hotel that should have kept its guests safe. Contact Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers by calling (702) 878-2889 or fill out our online form.
Signs of Negligent Hotel Security
Negligent security happens when hotel owners, managers, and staff fail to take steps to prevent harm to guests that is reasonably foreseeable. Some signs of negligent security at a hotel include the following:
- Broken locks
- Lack of surveillance cameras in public areas such as parking lots, hallways, and common areas
- Inadequate number of security personnel
- Insufficient or broken lighting in parking lots, garages, or stairways
- Inadequate background checks on employees
- Failure to remove guests who could pose a danger to others
If you notice signs that your hotel room seems unsafe for any reason, notify the front desk right away. Take photos of any areas that you are concerned about in and show the problem to management. If you are refused a more safe accommodation, document the response by hotel staff, because refusal to address the problems demonstrates knowledge that the situation existed and the company refused to do anything about it.
Unfortunately, some hotel security problems are not so obvious. It is difficult to predict what a dangerous person will do, and this includes not only guests but hotel staff who have access to your room. If you feel uncomfortable, notice items are missing from your room, or have been the victim of a crime, contact law enforcement right away to document the incident. Even if management refuses to do anything about a problem with another guest or items missing from your room, you will want the problem investigated in case you need proof in court later on.
A company is usually not responsible for intentional acts committed by employee such as assault and battery that was not foreseeable. However, if management failed to perform adequate security checks that could have revealed an employer had a propensity to commit crimes of a violent or sexual nature and that employee later attacks a guest, it may be possible to sue the hotel for negligent hiring.
Liability of Hotels for Negligent Security
If you were injured as a result of negligent security at a hotel, you may be able to file a claim for compensation against the hotel. If you were the victim of a violent crime at a hotel, you may be asked to testify at a criminal trial against the perpetrator. The person who injured you may even be ordered to pay restitution for medical bills and other costs associated with your injuries. Collecting this from the defendant may be impossible, however, especially if the perpetrator is sentenced to prison. Filing a claim against the hotel for failing to keep guests safe can help you recover losses for medical bills, pain and suffering, and future costs you will incur due to the incident.
Filing a Claim
Not all accidents or crimes that occur at hotels and other commercial properties are a result of negligent security. If an event was completely unforeseeable and couldn’t have been prevented by the hotel or if the company can prove that they took reasonable measures to prevent this type of event from occurring, the hotel may not be found liable. Liability will depend on very specific facts of the situation, and a negligent security attorney will be able to tell you if you have a case or not.
The hotel may allege that you were fully or partially at fault for an incident resulting in injuries that occurred on the property. For example, if the incident involved a fight between you and another guest, the hotel may claim that you instigated the fight. Other facts can demonstrate that the hotel was liable instead — for example if the other guest was highly intoxicated in common areas and the hotel failed to take appropriate measures to remove the guest.
You must prove how you were injured or incurred other losses such as lost property as a result of negligent security to prevail with your claim. If you noticed problems with your hotel room such as broken locks, windows, or latches and you were allowed a refund to stay at another hotel without suffering any adverse consequences, the hotel will likely argue that you were not injured as a result of negligence.
Consult a Negligent Hotel Security Lawyer
The best way to find out if you have a case is to contact a lawyer with experience handling negligent security cases. Our attorneys at Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers can carefully analyze the facts of your case and predict the likelihood of prevailing with a claim against the hotel. Schedule a consultation to discuss your case by calling (702) 878-2889.