What to Know About Hotel Accidents in Washington D.C.

During the holiday season, you may find yourself traveling. Unfortunately, hotels can be more dangerous than you may realize. Read on to learn more about hotel accidents in Washington D.C.

How do hotel accidents occur?

There are countless ways for an accident to occur in a hotel. That being said, the most common accidents include:

  • Defective furniture accidents
  • Stairway accidents
  • Food poisoning
  • Gym equipment accidents
  • Hot tub accidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Parking garage accidents
  • Sidewalk accidents
  • Escalator accidents
  • Accidents due to inadequate lighting
  • Accidents due to inadequate security
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Unsanitary conditions

Fulfilling the burden of proof:

If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof. You can do this by:

  • Calling 911: It is important to call the police right away. The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, ensure the scene is safe, and more.
  • Alerting the manager: Be sure to notify the hotel manager immediately. This will allow the manager to file an accident report. If possible, obtain a copy of this report.
  • Documenting the scene: While waiting for the ambulance, take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
  • Obtaining witness statements: If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to provide an important outsider perspective. Ask for their name and contact information.
  • Seeking medical attention: It is important to go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility, even if you do not believe you have been seriously injured. This is because it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Additionally, this can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask for a copy of any relevant medical documents.

What is the statute of limitations?

In Washington D.C., the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.

If you have been injured in a hotel accident, you will need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Reach out to our firm today to discuss your case.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.