Can You Sue The Hotel For Third-Party Violence?
If you’ve been injured while staying in a hotel, you may be wondering if you can sue the hotel for third-party violence. The answer is yes, depending on the circumstances of your injury. If you were assaulted, robbed, or shot at by a third party at the hotel, you might need the assistance of a skilled lawyer.
Our Paradise hotel accident lawyer at Cameron Law can assess the circumstances of your injury and determine if you have a basis to sue the hotel for failing to prevent third-party violence or another incident that resulted in you getting injured.
What Is Third-Party Violence?
Third-party violence is any act of violence committed by someone other than the victim or perpetrator. This includes assaults, robberies, sexual harassment, and more. In some cases, hotels can be sued for third-party violence on their premises. A hotel may be liable for third-party violence if it did not take reasonable measures to protect its guests from foreseeable harm or if it knew or should have known about a potential danger but failed to take appropriate action.
How Can You Prove the Hotel’s Negligence?
In order to bring a successful lawsuit against a hotel for third-party violence, you must be able to prove that the hotel was negligent in some way. This means that you must show that the hotel knew or should have known about the potential danger and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent it from occurring.
For example, if there had been multiple reports of similar incidents at the same location previously and the hotel did not take sufficient measures to protect its guests from future occurrences, then it may be held liable for any resulting harm caused by those incidents.
Another example is if a hotel receives multiple complaints from its guests about the violent behavior of one of its guests but does nothing, and then the guest hurts someone, it might be a clear case of negligence on the part of the hotel.
What Damages Are Available When Suing the Hotel?
If you are successful in your lawsuit against a hotel for third-party violence, then you may be entitled to compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost wages due to time away from work during recovery from your injuries, pain and suffering caused by your injuries, and more.
Additionally, punitive damages may also be available depending on the circumstances of your case and state law. Punitive damages are intended as punishment for particularly egregious behavior by an individual or entity and can result in higher compensation awards than other types of damages.
Under Nevada law, punitive damages are generally not available to plaintiffs unless the plaintiff can prove malice, fraud, willful misconduct, or oppression in the defendant’s actions (Nevada Revised Statutes § 42.005).
Contact Cameron Law to Discuss Your Legal Options
Suing a hotel for third-party violence can be complicated because it requires evidence that negligence occurred on behalf of the hotel staff or management team. However, if negligence can be proven, then individuals who have suffered injuries due to acts of third-party violence while staying at a hotel may be entitled to compensation through a civil lawsuit.
If you have been injured due to third-party violence at a hotel or other establishment, discuss your particular situation with our lawyer at Cameron Law. Attorney Daven P. Cameron can advise you on your legal options and assist you with filing your claim against the negligent party. Call 702-745-4545 for a free case evaluation.