From Charlottesville, Virginia

Covering the state of Virginia, Wilson & Hajek, a personal injury law firm, is centrally located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Francis Hajek is an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney and lawyer who provides aggressive representation and personal service to his clients who have suffered injuries. Since 2007, he has been listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hotel Liability for Assault

I am in Virginia Beach for the week because one of my daughters is in a field hockey tournament that is being played at the National Training Center in Virginia Beach. Most of the players are staying at hotels on or near the Virginia Beach oceanfront. I was asked by one of the parents "What happens if we are assaulted at our hotel? Does the hotel have any responsibility under Virginia law?" Like most lawyer answers, the answer is maybe. It all depends on the facts. Hotels and motels have a duty to provide reasonably safe premises for their guests. This duty of care has its origins in the common law and is now well established. The guest has several ways to show that the hotel did not live up to its duty when the guest has been assaulted. One way is to show that the hotel failed to warn the guest of prior criminal activity at the hotel or around the hotel. Another way is to show that the hotel did not provide security or limit access to guest quarters. There have been several instance where the room locks have been shown to be inadequate. An experienced injury lawyer will investigate all theories of liability to determine what happened and who is responsible. For example, this investigation can involve obtaining local police records. Another key factor is obtaining the guest list and interviewing other guests. If you are the victim of an assault at a hotel, don't delay. Talk to an experienced lawyer to determine your options.

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