Myrtle Beach is not just a beautiful place to live, but it is also a very popular tourist destination. The premises liability lawyers at the Maguire Law Firm understand the unfortunate fact that guests at Myrtle Beach hotels can become victims of crime. If the hotel failed to provide adequate security for its guests, it could be held liable for any injuries that are sustained as a result of criminal activity.
If you have been injured, physically or emotionally, as a result of a crime that took place at a Myrtle Beach hotel, contact a South Carolina attorney at the Maguire Law Firm today. In the Myrtle Beach area, we can be reached by calling 843-894-3502. You can also contact us online.
Crime Due To Inadequate Hotel Security
If you are the victim of a crime due to inadequate hotel security, you could potentially recover both economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are things such as stolen property, medical bills and lost wages. Noneconomic damages are what most people think of as “pain and suffering.”
If you are the victim of a violent crime while on vacation, the emotional trauma caused by the crime may be significant. In addition, pursuing a claim against the hotel could hold the hotel responsible for its negligence. By holding the hotel responsible, you could prevent the same thing from happening to another guest in the future.
How Do I Know If I Have An Inadequate Security Lawsuit?
When you check into a hotel, you anticipate that management has taken reasonable steps to ensure your safety while you are a guest. Sometimes a hotel, motel, inn or bed and breakfast falls short of its duty to protect its guests, and a guest is injured as a result.
A guest may become the victim of a crime such as a robbery, burglary, rape, assault, arson or even murder. A guest may lose personal property, be physically injured or be emotionally traumatized as a result of the crime. If it is determined that the hotel was negligent in failing to provide adequate security, and that negligence contributed to the victim’s injuries, then the hotel could be held responsible for those injuries.
However, there are some common scenarios that could lead to an inadequate hotel security lawsuit, including:
- Failing to protect personal information contained in the hotel’s computer database
- Giving out your name or providing someone with your room number
- Inadequate lighting in a parking lot or parking garage
- Inadequate security in a parking deck or parking lot
- Failing to perform background checks on hotel employees
- Failing to employ sufficient security personnel when the hotel hosts an event, conference or other large gathering
- Not changing the keycards when a guest checks out
- Failing to keep track of hotel keys
- Failing to adequately train hotel security
- Not using, or failing to monitor, closed-circuit television cameras
- Not having enough lighting along interior corridors
- Faulty or inadequate locks on individual rooms and the building itself
- Not providing an escort to a guest’s room or vehicle if requested
- Failing to respond to reports of suspicious activity
- Failing to remove unauthorized persons from the premises
Injured Due To Inadequate Hotel Security? Contact Us Today.
If your Myrtle Beach vacation was turned into a nightmare by a crime, contact the personal injury attorneys at 843-894-3502. You can also contact us online. We offer flexible appointment scheduling for your convenience.
The Maguire Law Firm is devoted to providing legal representation while maintaining professionalism and integrity in all of our dealings with clients, adversaries and the courts of justice.