Why an Experienced Lawyer Is Important When You Sue a Hotel in California
You've probably heard or read about the importance of hiring a personal injury lawyer after a car accident.
But how can such an attorney help if you or a loved one has been injured at a hotel?
The first thing you need to know is that the hotel may be liable for the resulting damages if you get injured due to the negligence of hotel staff or management.
However, don't forget that hotels are businesses, and like any other business, they would want to avoid liability and minimize the impact of lawsuits.
To understand how an attorney can be crucial in such a case, let's discuss some common tactics hotels use to avoid liability in lawsuits.
Waivers and Disclaimers
Some hotels may require guests to sign waivers or disclaimers that limit the hotel's liability if the guests get injured. Such waivers can make it more difficult for guests to pursue legal action against the hotel when they get injured. That's why they exist in the first place.
Hotels may try to deny a guest's claim outright, arguing that the guest was at fault for their own injury. They may also claim that the hotel did not owe the guest a duty of care in that particular circumstance.
Blaming the Guest for the Injuries
Some hotels may also try to shift the blame onto the guest. For example, to avoid liability, they could argue that the guest was careless or reckless and, therefore, responsible for their own injuries.
Offering Lowball Settlements
In some cases, hotels may offer low settlement amounts in an attempt to quickly resolve a case and avoid a larger payout. This tactic is quite common in cases where the hotel is clearly at fault for their guest's injury.
Delaying tactics, such as filing numerous motions with the court, may be an attempt by the hotel to drag out the legal process. This tactic makes it more difficult for the plaintiff to pursue their case, eventually settling for less than they deserve.
It is also possible that the hotel may attempt to limit the evidence that can be presented in court against them. Some rogue ones may even destroy crucial evidence to escape liability, especially in cases involving serious injuries or even death.
How a Seasoned Attorney Can Help
Although hotels may use different tactics to avoid liability, as discussed above, having an experienced lawyer by your side can make all the difference. Here are some reasons why you should consider hiring an experienced lawyer to help you sue a hotel in California:
Knowledge of California Law
A seasoned attorney will have a thorough understanding of California's laws regarding hotel liability and how these claims apply to your specific situation. This knowledge helps them build a strong case against the hotel or any other liable party and navigate the state's legal system more effectively.
Ability to Conduct Thorough Investigations
An Orange County accident attorney from Case Barnett Law can conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your injury. This is because we have the legal resources needed to fight for your rights. To put things into perspective, our attorneys can help gather evidence, interview witnesses, and consult with experts, increasing your chances of success.
Critical Negotiation Skills
Hotel injury claims are often settled out of court through negotiations with the hotel's insurance company or legal representatives. In fact, over 90 percent of personal injury claims settle out of court. But it is one thing to settle the case out of court and a totally different thing to get the settlement you deserve. An experienced lawyer usually has the negotiation skills required to help you secure a fair settlement that covers your losses and expenses.
Assuming the other party refuses to settle and your case goes to trial. In such a situation, an experienced lawyer usually has the courtroom experience and litigation skills needed to present a compelling case to a judge or jury. Again, this increases your chances of obtaining favorable results.
Peace of Mind
Finally, and most importantly, having an experienced lawyer on your side gives you peace of mind knowing that you have a legal representative working to protect your rights and interests. As a result, you can focus on recovering from your injuries and moving on with your life.
Contact Case Barnett Law
At Case Barnett Law, our attorneys are among the best in the country when it comes to fighting for the rights of the injured. With over 17 years of experience fighting in and out of court, you can rest easy knowing that your case is being handled by someone with your best interests at heart. Remember that personal injury cases are time-sensitive; if you take too long to file a claim, you may lose your right to do so.