Hotel Accident Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim? – How To Claim For Personal Injury?
By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 29th July 2021. Welcome to our guide on hotel accident claims. Whenever anyone is injured in an accident, it can be incredibly distressing. This is even more so the case if you are injured while on holiday. After all, you are meant to be having the time of your life – not in a hospital bed!
If you have been injured in a hotel, no matter whether you were a holidaymaker or working for the hotel, we can assist at Legal Expert. You can reach us on 0800 073 8804. However, before you do, make sure you read our hotel accident claims guide below.
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- A guide to hotel accident claims
- Who could make a hotel accident claim?
- Who can you make a hotel accident or injury claim against?
- Hotel accident abroad compensation claims
- Negligence leading to slips, trips, and falls at a hotel
- Hygiene issues and food poisoning at a hotel
- Negligent security leading to assaults, theft or damage to your property
- Bed bug infestations
- Injuries caused by or suffered in a lift or escalator at a hotel
- Accidents in swimming pools, spa and leisure facilities at a hotel
- Burns ad scalds
- Accidents and injuries caused by old furniture and fittings
- What should you do if you are injured or made sick by a hotel?
- What effects of a hotel accident or illness can I claim compensation for?
- How much could I claim for a hotel accident, injury, or illness?
- No win no fee hotel accident and injury claims
- Why make a hotel accident or injury claim with us?
- Call Legal Expert today for free advice
- Useful links
In this guide, we will reveal everything you need to know about holiday accident compensation claims. We will talk you through the different types of cases that can be made from hotel injury compensation, from burns and scalds to claims for hygiene issues. We will also explain more about the service we provide, including our No Win, No Fee approach and our contact details.
No matter whether you are a holidaymaker or you work at the hotel, you can make a claim. There are several key factors that need to be considered when determining whether you have the basis for a claim, including:
- Who caused the accident? The first thing you need to do is establish responsibility for the accident. Who is to blame for what happened? You need to show that someone else caused it. In this case, it would be the hotel. Did they fail to maintain the swimming pool properly, for example?
- Have you seen a doctor for your injuries? You will struggle to find any solicitor that will take on claims if the victim has not seen a medical professional. It is imperative to see a doctor, as they will put together a medical report, and this is essentially proof of your injuries and your suffering. This is the most important piece of evidence in any personal injury case, and it is used to determine how much compensation you will receive.
- When did the accident occur? The date is imperative, as there’s a three-year time limit on all claims, including hotel accident claims.
In the vast majority of cases, your claim is going to be against the owner of the hotel. After all, the owner of the hotel has a duty to make sure you are not injured if you are a guest of a hotel, no matter whether you are visiting on business, holiday or for any other reason. You will also be making a claim against the owner of the hotel if you have been injured while working there.
Here at Legal Expert, we help people to make claims for all types of injuries, illnesses, and accidents. This includes hotel accident claims involving trips abroad too.
Read on to discover more about some of the most common hotel accident injury claims we have covered.
Not cleaning or maintaining floors properly can lead to people falling over and being injured. Similarly, leaving walkways and corridors cluttered or with trip hazards like trailing wires could lead to people suffering avoidable harm. In such cases, hotel accident claims may well be justified if you’ve come to harm.
This is just one example of how negligence can lead to a personal injury claim for slips, trips or falls.
You can also make a claim for hotel food poisoning. Food poisoning is an illness that usually passes within a day or two. However, this is not always the case, and there have been incidents whereby people have sustained life-threatening symptoms because of food poisoning. No matter what the severity of your illness is, you will be able to claim if the accident was not your fault.
A lack of security can lead to people being assaulted on the hotel property, have items stolen from a hotel room, or otherwise suffering damage to your personal property. If this has happened to you, you will be able to claim compensation.
As well as being very irritating in the moment whilst on holiday, they can get into your clothing and on your person and be carried home with you. No one should be subject to this while they are on holiday. However, if there are poor levels of hygiene, it can be the case. Give us a call for more information on hotel accident claims involving bed bug infestations.
There are a number of different ways people can suffer injuries or harm in a lift, or on an escalator. Whilst these types of accidents and injuries are uncommon, they can and do happen. On occasion, they have been fatal. If you have been injured because you have been trapped in a lift for an extended period of time or an escalator has malfunctioned, call us today for more information.
You can also claim if you have been injured in leisure and spa facilities in a hotel. This could be in or around swimming pools that are not monitored or cleaned properly. This could also happen if you have been using exercise equipment that is broken or not maintained properly. In such cases, it is always a good idea to get a photograph of the broken equipment or defective area if possible. You can also claim if you have been injured while visiting the spa because a procedure has been carried out incorrectly or you have had an allergic reaction.
To learn more about hotel accident claims involving swimming pools, get in touch with our specialist team of personal injury advisers.
Burns and scalds can happen due to foods or drinks being served too hot or being spilt on people. They can happen to members of staff involved in food preparation. They can also happen if the water in a shower is far too hot due to an error on the hotel’s part. This is a mere handful of examples. No matter how the incident has gone down, if it was not your fault, you can claim.
Old furniture or fittings (such as a seat or railing) can break and cause people potentially serious injuries. If this has happened, you will have the basis for a claim. Again, it is always a good idea if you can take a photograph of the damage because this will serve as good proof. You should also report it to the hotel so there is an official record to use for hotel accident claims.
Here are the steps you should follow immediately after the incident…
- See a doctor – There is only one place to start; you need to see a doctor. Of course, this may be a necessity if you have sustained a serious injury. However, a lot of people suffer minor injuries, and they bypass this step. You will find it impossible to locate any accident lawyers that will take on your claim if you have not seen a medical professional. The report they provide is the most crucial piece of evidence when it comes to making a claim. It will state your injuries and the recommended course of treatment, which determines how much compensation you will be entitled to.
- Report the incident – You should report the incident to the hotel, and you need to call your insurance company too.
- Contact Legal Expert – We are one of the leading companies of our kind here in the UK. There is no one better to help make sure you get the money you are entitled to. We have many years of experience, and all of our solicitors work on a No Win, No Fee basis.
- Keep proof of expenses – Last but not least, make sure you keep proof of any expenses you have incurred because of your injuries, as you will be able to claim for them. This can be anything from loss of income to medical expenses, to travel costs.
Following these steps can help boost the prospect of success of a case. To learn what else you can do to help support hotel accident claims, get in touch with us today.
Personal injury compensation is actually split into two parts – general damages and special damages. We will take a look at each section separately below.
General damages are essentially the money you will receive as compensation for the injury itself. This is calculated based on the severity of your injury and the impact it is having on your life and will continue to have in the future. Therefore, if you have suffered an injury that is going to have lifelong effects, you will receive a considerable sum of money.
The next section is special damages, which is essentially out of pocket expenses. This is money you will receive to cover any costs you have encountered as a direct result of the injury you have suffered. Take a look at some examples below…
- Prescription costs
- Loss of income
- Travel expenses
- Treatment fees
- Hospital parking fees
- Childcare costs
- Accommodation fees
The best way to ensure you get the full amount of compensation you deserve is to simply get in touch with Legal Expert. We can inform you of what else you can factor into hotel accident claims.
If you want to make an accident in a hotel claim, you will probably want to know how much compensation you can receive. The truth is that hotel injury settlements differ dramatically. This is because there are many different factors that have an influence on the amount of money you will receive.
This is not only the type of injuries that you have sustained, but it includes any other out-of-pocket expenses you have suffered and, of course, how long it takes for you to recover. Therefore, it is only fair that each case is handled independently, so a fair amount of compensation is awarded. In the table below, you can get a better understanding of the level of money that is awarded for different injuries relating to hotel accidents.
|The type of injury sustained||Extra information about the injury||Typical payout amount|
|Mental anguish||If you feared you were going to lose your life because of the hotel accident you were involved in, you can claim for mental anguish.||£4,380|
|Injuries and fractures to the rib||For these cases, a few weeks is all it should take for a recovery to be made in full.||Up to £3,710|
|Anticipated earning loss||Is it predicted that you are going to be off work for some time? If so, you can also claim for anticipated earning losses.||£10,000 to £400,000+|
|Simple forearm fracture||Not complicated||£6,190 to £18,020|
|Wrist fracture||Minor wrist fracture.||£3,310 to £4,450|
|Minor Finger Injuries||Injuries such as scarring, tenderness and reaction to the cold where there is a full recovery. Also includes a finger fracture where the award within the bracket will be influenced by recovery time.||Up to £4,461|
|Less severe elbow injuries||Injuries causing impairment of function but not involving major surgery or significant disability||£14,690 to £30,050|
|Foot injuries – Amputation of one foot||This injury is also treated as similar to a below-knee amputation because of the loss of the ankle joint.||£78,800 to £102,890|
|Foot injuries – Amputation of both feet||This injury is treated similarly to below knee amputation of both legs because the common feature is loss of a useful ankle joint.||£158,970 to £189,110|
If you cannot find the injury in the table, don’t worry; you can still make hotel accident claims. The table above is merely to give you some examples and an understanding regarding the different payout amounts. If you would like some more information about the amount of money you may receive, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
When it comes to making an accident claim, one of the big decisions you need to make is what solicitor to employ. Read on to discover the reasons why it is beneficial to use the services of a No Win No Fee solicitor when you make a claim…
You don’t need any money to begin your claim
This is one of the main benefits associated with using a No Win, No Fee personal injury solicitor for an accident claim. A lot of people do not have the money available to pay the consultation fees and such like that are associated with a traditional service. You don’t have to worry about this with a No Win, No Fee service.
Financial risk is reduced dramatically
Let’s say you hire a traditional personal injury lawyer. You spend tons and tons of money on their service only for your case to be unsuccessful. This would be hugely damaging. Luckily, with a No Win, No Fee service, the payment structure is entirely different, and therefore, such risk is diminished. This also ensures that a No Win, No Fee solicitor will only take on your case if they genuinely believe you have a strong chance of getting compensation.
Better quality service
Last but not least, you are much more likely to benefit from a high-quality service if you hire a No Win, No Fee solicitor. Since the professional is also going to be impacted by the outcome of your case, you can be sure it will receive the level of attention it requires.
Here at Legal Expert, all of the experienced hotel solicitors we can provide you work on a No Win, No Fee, so you can be sure of all of the benefits that have been mentioned above.
It is only right that you get the money you are entitled to and as specialists in hotel accident claims, we want to help you achieve that. Read on to discover the reasons why Legal Expert is the best choice for you…
We have been successfully helping personal injury victims for years
Indeed, we have years of experience in helping personal injury victims. We have an abundance of experience dealing with a whole host of personal injury cases. Therefore, you can be sure that no matter how unique your accident claim is, we have the ability to handle it. You will struggle to find another firm boasting this level of experience and success.
All of our provided expert solicitors work on a No Win, No Fee payment structure
Nowadays, it is much more beneficial to go for a No Win, No Fee solicitor than it is to pay by the hour. With a No Win, No Fee service, you do not need any money to begin your claim. Moreover, financial risk is minimised by a significant degree, and you can be sure the solicitor will only take on your claim if they think you have a strong chance of getting compensation. Since all of our personal injury provided solicitors work in this way, you can be certain you are going to benefit from all of these advantages.
We have an exceptional reputation in the sector
Last but not least, we are a company you can trust. If you read the reviews on our website, you will see that we have an exceptional reputation. You are in safe hands when you make a claim for a hotel accident abroad through our service.
If you are ready to make a claim, there are many different ways you can get in touch with Legal Expert. The most popular way is to give our team a call on 0800 073 8804. This number is accessible seven days a week. There are plenty of other ways to contact us, so please head to the contact page so you can see all of these details in full. You will also notice that we have a live chatbox on our website too. Feel free to use whatever method you like to get in contact with the team – we’re always willing to help.
Hotel accident claims FAQs
How long can you make a claim after an accident?
Generally, you have three years from the date of the accident or injury to make a claim. However, there are some exceptions to this.
The three years you have to make a claim runs from the date of knowledge, or when you realised that the ill-effects you’re suffering from were a result of someone’s negligence. In the case of an accident resulting in an injury like a broken leg, this is usually quite straightforward as you’re aware of your injuries and the cause of them right away. But in some cases, like that of illness, you mightn’t be diagnosed for some time and so the three years would start from the date of knowledge.
What are the exceptions?
Children who are under the age of 18 can be claimed for by an adult litigation friend. If no claim is made while they’re under 18, they have 3 years from their 18th birthday to make a claim.
How much do you get for pain and suffering?
There are many different factors that will affect how much you’ll receive for pain and suffering in your compensation, so it’s hard to give an amount without knowing more details of your case. You’ll receive a payment for pain and suffering based on the kind of injuries you’ve sustained, how they’ve affected you and how long the effects of the accident are likely to last.
As well as general damages for pain and suffering, you can also claim back special damages for any expenses you’ve had to pay. Remember to keep hold of evidence like receipts and bills so these can be included in your claim.
What are the two types of injury claims?
These are both compensatory damages and also punitive damages.
What is a good settlement offer?
This is an offer that finds the sweet spot between what the claimant wants and what the defendant can afford.
What is a serious injury claim?
This is a claim for any injuries that have the potential to bring about severe or permanent health problems.
Can you sue if there are no damages?
No, because if there are no damages, then there is no basis for you to make a successful claim.
How do I know if someone files a case against me?
You will receive a postal notification that someone is taking legal action against you.
We hope you have found this guide useful in your quest for more information about hotel accident claims. However, if you need more details, the links below may help.
Allergic reaction claim guide – If you’ve suffered an allergic reaction, whether abroad or in the UK, this guide can help you in claiming the compensation you’re entitled to.
Accidents that happen on holidays – What you need to know – This link takes you to our general guide on holiday accident claims. Find out everything you need to know!
Trips, falls and the injuries they can cause – When it comes to common injuries, these are some of the most often seen. Here, the guide linked provides more in-depth information.
First Aid – NHS – If you’re looking for help with first aid after a hotel accident, here’s the NHS’s page.
Travel insurance guide– Government advice around travel insurance
NHS guide to travel vaccinations– details about vaccines you may need when travelling abroad
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