Hotel Violent Crime: Can Victims Seek Justice, Compensation?

HotelOpenDoor-300x211As summer vacation begins, thousands of families will travel. Many will research safe hotels in their final destination, but long road trips often mean unplanned rest stops at highway hotels and motels along their route. Travelers are forced to trust that property owners will provide a safe and secure space for their families, as they should by law.

Hotel owners are required by law to protect their patrons from any foreseeable harm. For example, should a hotel owner be aware of prior violence on or near their property, they have a duty to take additional security precautions to deter such crime in the future. Should a hotel owner fail in this critical responsibility, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries, assaults, rapes, shootings, or wrongful deaths which occur as a consequence.

Despite this legal obligation, some hotel owners are more interested in limiting their financial exposure than providing a safe property for their guests. All too often we see Clients who have been victims of violent crime at hotels with an extensive history of criminal activity.

A WHEC 10 investigation recently exposed several hotels and motels with numerous police calls for “deaths, drug overdoses, and prostitution.” “At Motel 6 on Buell Road, police have been called nearly 200 times over the past year alone,” according to the WHEC report.

Guest Rights and Hotel Responsibility

Hotel guests have a right to be safe and secure while on the premises of the establishment that they are visiting. By law, hotel owners have a duty to protect guests from any foreseeable harm.

Hotel owners are encouraged to implement property security precautions and preventative measures to protect guests and reduce property violence, injuries and deaths. Security measures may include, fencing, guarded entry, bright lighting in parking lots, hallways and grounds, security personnel, off-duty police patrols, and an identification requirement for all guests.

Can I Afford an Attorney?

Our Clients frequently come in concerned that they won’t be able to afford legal help. We believe everyone has a right to exceptional legal service. We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. This means our interests are always tied to that of our Clients. Be sure to ask any potential personal injury attorney about their fee schedule and whether they represent Clientele on a contingency basis before signing a contract.

We’ve Recovered Millions for Victims of Hotel Security Negligence…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

Headline Frame Fox News DeskThe Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and we recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover.  Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Choosing the Right Attorney

Selecting the right attorney for you or your family is highly important. You must feel confident that the attorney you hire has a complete understanding of the law applicable to your particular case, and has successful experience in handling such cases.

Important: Do not hire a lawyer who has violated the Rules of Professional Conduct!!!

You should not hire an attorney who calls you or visits you unsolicited, or anyone that contacts you directly to offer legal services. This activity is strictly prohibited by Rule 7.3 of the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which states as follows:



If an attorney, or someone acting on behalf of an attorney, contacts you in this manner, that attorney is in violation of this Rule. This unethical and unprofessional activity on the part of the lawyer is good sign that you should stay away. It is imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is capable of advocating for you within the confines of the law, and an attorney who fails to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct is probably not the best fit. In fact, any such attorney should be immediately reported to the local State Bar Association. If you have been contacted in such an unsolicited manner, contact us and we’ll assist you in filing a report.

Contingency Fees Disclaimer: “Contingent attorneys’ fees refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.