IfI fell in the shower atmotel because the shower was defective, how shouldI proceed?

I never mentioned it at check out out of embarrassment and being in a hurry with my elder mom and others with us. Got home, and I’m pretty sore and very bruised. I called the motel to report the defective shower this morning. They denied that it was defective. What should I do to prevent others for having the same problem? The desk clerk didn’t seem to care much. I bruised my back, side, and knee.

Asked on July 14, 2010 under Personal Injury, Colorado

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You should document your injury by contacting the insurance carrier for the motel and also going to a doctor.  It would also be advisable  to report the incident in writing to  the motel manager instead of speaking with the desk clerk  When you complete your treatment, obtain the medical report and medical bills.  When you present your claim to the insurance carrier, it should include the medical bills and medical reports and any wage loss.  The medical reports will document the nature and extent of your injury and will be used to determine the amount of compensation you receive for pain and suffering.  Compensation for pain and suffering is an amount in addition to your medical bills.  If you are dissatisfied with settlement offers from the insurance company, you can file a lawsuit for negligence against the motel.  Unless the case is settled with the insurance carrier, you will need to file your lawsuit prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations or you will lose your rights forever in the matter.  It would be advisable to speak with a personal injury attorney. 


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