What to Do After a Rhode Island Hotel Injury

If you are injured at a hotel due to hazardous conditions, you may wonder how to file a personal injury claim or sue the hotel for damages. What you do immediately following a Rhode Island hotel injury matters. Your actions, or inactions, could impact your legal, physical, and emotional recoveries.

Get Medical Attention

Getting medical attention immediately is important, even if you think your injuries are minor. A health care professional will diagnose your injuries, provide the necessary treatment, help manage your pain, and document your injuries. This documentation could be valuable evidence in your personal injury claim.

Report the Incident to Hotel Management

Notify hotel management about the accident as soon as you are physically able to do so. Only share the indisputable facts about what happened. For example, you might share the date, time, and location of the accident, but do not make any assumptions or guesses about the cause of the accident.

You have the right to ask for the hotel's written incident report. Not every hotel will give it to you. However, the hotel may share the report with you, and it could be relevant to your hotel accident claim.

Document Evidence

If you can, gather evidence immediately after your injury. Evidence may include pictures or videos of any hazards or injuries. Additionally, you can collect contact information from any witnesses who saw you get hurt.

Some evidence, such as surveillance video or maintenance records, may not be in your control. However, your hotel accident lawyer can request and preserve this evidence for you.

Keep Relevant Records

In the weeks and months following your injury, keep a record of all medical documents. This may include medical reports, bills, and receipts.

Contact a Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney

You have the right to consult with an experienced Rhode Island premises liability lawyer. A lawyer can evaluate your case, gather and protect relevant evidence, negotiate with insurers, advocate for your full and fair recovery, and guide you through the legal process.

Recoverable Damages After a Rhode Island Hotel Injury

Before you pursue a Rhode Island hotel injury case, you deserve to know what you may recover if your case is successful. Your potential compensation may include current and future:

Medical expenses

Your medical expenses may include costs associated with hospitalization, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and any other necessary medical treatments.

Lost wages and diminished earning capacity

If your injuries have caused you to miss work or have impacted your ability to earn a living in the future, you may be eligible to recover lost wages and potential future earnings.

Pain and suffering

Compensation for pain and suffering provides monetary relief for the physical and emotional distress you have experienced as a result of the hotel injury. This can include compensation for the physical pain, mental anguish, emotional trauma, and loss of enjoyment of life caused by your hotel accident injury. Additionally, you may recover for psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues resulting from the hotel injury.

Rehabilitation and therapy costs

If your injuries require ongoing rehabilitation or therapy, you may be entitled to compensation for these expenses. This can include the costs associated with physical therapy, occupational therapy, counseling, and other forms of treatment necessary for your recovery.

Punitive damages

In cases where the hotel's negligence or misconduct was particularly egregious, you may be eligible to receive punitive damages. These damages aim to punish the responsible party and deter similar behavior in the future. However, it's important to note that punitive damages are only awarded in cases involving extreme negligence or intentional misconduct.

The compensation you receive will depend on various factors, such as the severity of your injuries, the impact on your life, and the level of negligence involved. Our experienced Rhode Island injury lawyers will help you value your case, so you can make educated decisions about what to do next.

Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.