Can I Sue for a Hotel Accident in California?

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Every year, many people come to the state of California to discover all that our state has to offer. Those who do typically stay in hotels during their stay. It is only natural that the guests expect the establishments to be safe and to not put them at undue risk. Unfortunately, it is possible that those guests can sustain severe injuries due to a California hotel accident. This tends to be especially true if the property was not maintained correctly. It is crucial to retain the services of an experienced Santa Clara County hotel accident attorney for assistance in defending your rights when dealing with these matters.

How might a hotel accident happen in California?

Most hotels offer different types of luxuries to their guests in order to keep them happy. For proper movement, hotels can include basics such as stairs, elevators and escalators. To keep their guests entertained, many hotels may also include high-end entertainment such as pools, gyms, bars, restaurants, spas and more. They can become dangerous to guests and threaten their safety in the event that the hotel does not properly service these amenities. Guests may sustain injuries in any number of ways, but some of the most common include:

  • Defective furniture
  • Food poisoning
  • Hot tub accidents
  • Inadequate security
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Escalator accidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Gym equipment accidents
  • Unsanitary conditions, such as bed bugs
  • Parking lot/garage accidents

How do you prove negligence and recover compensation for a hotel accident in California?

Ensuring the safety of their guests is an integral part of a hotel owner’s job. Should they fail in that task, a plaintiff may hold them legally responsible for negligence. Hotel guests often wish to seek justice for their suffering when they sustain injuries due to negligence. In order to pursue legal action, former hotel guests may seek justice by filing a personal injury claim.

Please be aware that, by filing a personal injury claim, you, the injured party, must prove the hotel owner or staff member was negligent. The injured party must satisfy the burden of proof by presenting evidence that the party in question knew about the dangerous condition that caused the plaintiff’s injuries and failed to correct it. A plaintiff may find it useful to present the court with medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, any video of the accident, testimony from witnesses and more. If the plaintiff succeeds in proving negligence, they may receive compensation for the cost of medical bills, in-home care and more.

Before you pursue compensation, you should speak with a skilled Santa Clara County slip and fall accident attorney to discuss your case.


When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn how we can help.