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Inadequate Hotel Security in Orlando
Hotels, like other businesses, are required to provide a safe environment for guests. You should feel safe when staying at a hotel and when traveling throughout or to and from the hotel property. This responsibility includes ensuring proper security measures at all times. Inadequate hotel security can result in hotel crimes. If a guest is robbed, assaulted or harmed in any other way due to the failure of the hotel to maintain adequate security, the hotel may be found liable for the victim’s damages in a premises liability case.
If you’ve been injured due to inadequate hotel security, consult a premises liability attorney to ascertain whether you may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party. Do not assume that you were merely in the wrong place at the wrong time -- you could be eligible for restitution for medical bills, lost wages during your recovery period, and other damages.
Inadequate Security and Premises Liability
Inadequate hotel security premises liability cases can be complex, and you will need to rely on your attorney to guide you through the legal process. Your attorney will advise you regarding what type of documentation you need. He or she can coordinate any witness statements you need and hire any third-party services you may require, such as an inspection service or photographers to gather evidence of the state of security at the hotel where the incident occurred. It may be helpful if you’re aware of what types of security initiatives are typically standard for hotels or businesses so you can compare those of your hotel. Some possible scenarios of inadequate security measures follow.
- Failure to repair broken locks or properly maintain or manage security code or card access devices
- Absence of appropriate staff
- Poor lighting in parking lots or isolated areas such as stairways
- Absence of security cameras in remote or restricted areas of the property
- Staff members who have a history of arrests for violent acts
- Refusal or delayed response to requests for help
- Possible Consequences of Inadequate Security
When a hotel neglects to keep its guests safe, serious consequences can occur. An unsecured hotel can be a hotbed for criminal acts. Consider the following consequences that are common at unsafe hotels. If you’ve been a victim of any of these types of crimes while staying as a guest at a hotel, you may need to initiate a premises liability case.
- Burglary of personal items from an unattended room while you’ve been somewhere else due to faulty locks on the door
- A sexual assault in a parking lot due to poor lighting
- A sexual or physical assault in your paid hotel room due to malfunctioning door locks
- Robbery in a poorly lit area of the hotel property
This is not an exhaustive list of possible hotel crimes, and if you’ve been the victim of a crime or were injured in some way due to the failure of the hotel to maintain adequate security on the property, you may be entitled to compensation from the property owners in a premises liability case. You may be able to seek reimbursement for any medical bills, property damage and/or lost wages associated with the incident.
Call The Francis Law Group for a Consultation
The Francis Law Group specializes in helping victims of crimes or injuries associated with premises liability. We can advise you on your case and help you gather documentation that will support your claim of inadequate security at the hotel where the incident occurred. Call us today at 888-327-2745 to set up a consultation to discuss your case with an attorney.