Injured in a motel or hotel attack in Utah?
A Salt Lake City attorney can help with your negligent security claim
Have you been attacked in a hotel or motel in Utah? Were you shot or stabbed in a violent attack in a hotel lobby or parking garage? Or perhaps you were robbed or sexually assaulted in your hotel room by a stranger or hotel worker? Whatever the circumstances of your violent attack, it’s important to understand that you have rights and can take legal action against the hotel or motel.
Get the support and legal advice you deserve. Talk to attorney Randy M. Andrus. He can be there for you every step of the way. Attorney Andrus and his legal team at Andrus Law Firm in Salt Lake City have extensive experience. We know what laws apply to such cases and we know what evidence matters. Most importantly, we’re determined to build the strongest possible case and demand the compensation you deserve.
Many legal cases involving hotel or motel attacks due to negligent security involve premises liability. This area of the law concerns the responsibilities of property owners, which clearly states they need to take necessary steps to keep their property safe for public use. When they don’t, it’s our job to hold them accountable for their actions.
What qualifies as negligent security at a hotel or motel?
Numerous people often stay or eat at motels and hotels on a daily basis. As a result, hotels and motels need to take precautions to protect people from strangers. When they don’t and an attack occurs, these cases often involve negligent security. Examples of negligent security involving hotels or motels can include:
- No working security cameras in hallways, stairways, parking garages or other public places
- No security guard on staff, especially in larger hotels
- Slow response time by security guards to attacks or other criminal activity
- Locked emergency exits on the inside, so people cannot escape from building
- Unlocked emergency exits on the outside, so intruders can get into the building
- Defective locks on hotel rooms, which allows intruders to gain access to rooms
This is just a small sampling of how attacks can happen in hotels or motels due to negligent security. Whatever the cause of your criminal incident, an attorney can investigate and determine exactly what happened.
What steps do hotels, motels have to take to protect the safety of guests?
Motels and hotels in Salt Lake City, Park City and other popular destinations in Utah need to take steps to protect the safety and well-being of guests staying at their property, including:
- Having working security cameras
- Adequate lighting in public places, including parking garages, hallways, and stairwells
- Having security guards on staff, especially in larger hotels or ones located in high crime areas
- Properly training security guards on what to do in the event of an assault, attack, or other criminal activity on the premises
- Making sure doors and access points into the hotel are properly secured, often including the main front door after certain times late at night
You should not have to live in fear when you’re staying in a hotel. If a violent attack occurs while you are a guest, you have rights and you should discuss them immediately with a negligent security attorney who can explain the legal options available to you in Utah.
Can I file a negligent security lawsuit against a motel or hotel?
In many cases, you can file a negligent security lawsuit against a motel or hotel if you were attacked or were the victim of other criminal activity while staying as a guest on the property. Depending on the circumstances of your incident, you may be able to take legal action against:
- The owner of the hotel or motel
- The parent company if the motel or hotel is part of a larger chain
- The insurance company for the motel or hotel, or the hotel chain
In order to win these cases, you often need to prove that the hotel, motel, or parent company knew about the risks or possible dangers facing guests, but failed to take any steps to protect people staying there.
In addition, it’s important to understand that Utah has a “modified comparative fault” system for negligent security cases. This means you will need to prove that the hotel was at least 50 percent at fault. So, even if you are partially at fault, you can often still receive financial compensation, as long as you are 50 percent or less at fault.
What expenses can I be compensated for after my motel or hotel attack?
You can and should be financially compensated for all your injury-related expenses due to an attack or other criminal activity in a hotel. This compensation should also cover more than just your immediate emergency medical expenses. You should be compensated for any expenses related to your attack, now and in the future, including:
- Medical bills, now and in the future
- Replacement income during your recovery from injury if you cannot work
- Lost future income if you cannot return to work
- Pain and suffering, in certain circumstances
The stakes are high when it comes to these cases. Depending on the severity of your injuries, the length of your recovery and many other factors, your motel or hotel attack claim could be worth thousands or millions of dollars. As a result, the insurance companies and attorneys representing these businesses often take a hard line and do everything they can to deny claims.
An experienced negligent security attorney can help you level the playing field. Your lawyer can thoroughly investigate your claim and find the evidence you need to prove that the hotel or motel did not put your safety or well-being first. Some hotels and insurance companies agree to negotiate a fair settlement offer. If not, you can and should consider filing a premises liability lawsuit to demand the money you deserve.
Demand justice after your attack
Don’t underestimate the complexity of your legal case. Learn more about your legal rights. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation with an experienced attorney who knows how to handle negligent security cases involving hotels or motels. This may be your only opportunity to demand justice and get the money you rightfully deserve. Call now.