Hotel Sexual Assault Lawyer
Hotels have a legal duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for guests and employees. When they fail to meet that duty by providing lax security measures, predators can take advantage and sexually assault unsuspecting victims. If you or a loved one was sexually assaulted due to inadequate security at a hotel, a hotel sexual assault lawyer at Cordisco & Saile LLC could help you recover compensation through a premises liability claim.
When you stay at a hotel, you expect to enjoy a safe, private room. If you work at one, you expect your employer to keep you safe. Unfortunately, security oversights by hotel management or property owners can give sexual predators access to vulnerable guests and employees. Such a security failure could be grounds for a premises liability claim, entitling the victim to compensation for the resulting losses.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we’re committed to advocating for the rights of those sexually assaulted due to a hotel owner’s negligence. Our hotel sexual assault lawyers in Pennsylvania can determine if you have a strong case and guide you through your legal options. We know how difficult it can be to speak up after experiencing sexual assault, and you don’t have to do it alone. We’re here to help you navigate each step of your journey toward justice.
- Why Hire a Cordisco & Saile LLC Hotel Sexual Assault Attorney
- What Our Clients Have to Say
- What Is Hotel Sexual Assault?
- Hotel Sexual Assault and Negligent Security
- Types of Damages Awarded in Sex Crime Lawsuits
- What To Do If You Are a Victim of Sexual Assault at a Hotel
- Contact a Hotel Sexual Assault Lawyer at Cordisco & Saile Today
Why Hire a Cordisco & Saile LLC Hotel Sexual Assault Attorney
Cordisco & Saile LLC has led the way in Pennsylvania personal injury law for over 30 years. In that time, we’ve won numerous honors and awards from top organizations, including the National Trial Lawyers, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the American Trial Lawyers Association, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.
We have handled many cases for victims of sexual crimes, including sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Our hotel sexual abuse attorneys understand the sensitivity of these cases and the struggles that victims often have with trusting people after experiencing sexual violence. When you turn to us with your hotel sexual assault case, you can expect us to approach it with the compassion and patience it deserves. We won’t rush you to share the difficult details of your trauma with us—instead, we’ll take our time to get to know you and the circumstances you’ve been through and encourage you to proceed at a pace you’re comfortable with.
Our consultations are free, and we don’t charge you any out-of-pocket fees to start working on your case. When you hire us, our team will negotiate directly with the hotel’s property insurance company to obtain a fair settlement, allowing you to focus on your healing journey. We won’t accept any less than the maximum compensation you deserve, and we’re prepared to bring your case to trial if negotiations aren’t successful.
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What Our Clients Have to Say
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What Is Hotel Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is any sexual behavior or contact without the other person’s explicit consent. This can include rape, attempted rape, unwanted sexual touching, and forced performance of sexual acts, such as oral sex.
These acts can occur in virtually any setting. However, because hotels provide isolation, privacy, and anonymity, sexual predators often target them. Some hotel sexual assaults occur between two guests in the same room. In other cases, an unrelated person—a guest, employee, or intruder—gains access to a guest’s room without permission and sexually assaults them in their private space. Employees can also become victims of hotel sexual assault when a guest, intruder, or coworker takes advantage of them.
Hotel Sexual Assault and Negligent Security
Like all property owners and managers, hotel owners and operators have a legal duty to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition for guests and employees under Pennsylvania’s premises liability law.
Not all injuries on hotel property result from the owner’s negligence or give rise to a premises liability action. Hotels must take reasonable measures to protect guests from foreseeable risks of harm. Not all risks are foreseeable, and reasonable safety measures can never entirely eliminate a risk. However, hotels can take various reasonable measures to avoid conditions allowing opportunistic criminals to harm others on their property.
The following are some of those reasonable security measures hotels can take to prevent sexual assault, depending on factors such as the hotel’s size, location, history of sexual assault cases, and more:
- Perform regular inspections and prompt repairs of equipment that controls visitors’ access to guest rooms, such as key card readers and locks on doors and windows.
- Install and maintain property-wide security equipment, such as security cameras and alarm systems, that can alert property owners to a potential security threat.
- Hiring professional security guards and keeping them informed of potential safety hazards
- Ensure that hallways, common areas, and parking lots have sufficient lighting.
- Perform background checks on all prospective employees and reject applicants with criminal histories.
- Check visitors’ key cards or identification to ensure they have a valid reason to be on the premises.
- Keep key cards in a secure location that only authorized parties can access.
- Disable lost key cards from future use.
- Train staff on what to do if they identify suspicious activity.
- Implement policies to prevent employees from being alone in rooms with guests.
- Respond to reports of sexual violence or harassment by staff or guests.
- Install panic buttons for housekeeping staff in guest rooms.
Failure to implement such measures could be considered negligent security and provide grounds for a premises liability claim if a guest or employee is sexually assaulted on the property.
Our hotel sexual abuse lawyers can thoroughly investigate the hotel’s policies, procedures, and practices to determine if the hotel was negligent. From there, we gather evidence to prove how negligent security contributed to the crime.
Types of Damages Awarded in Sex Crime Lawsuits
While a sex crime lawsuit can help you achieve a sense of justice and closure, it can also help you obtain compensation for the losses you suffered from the assault. These losses are categorized as economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.
Economic damages compensate for your tangible, easily calculable losses. Depending on the circumstances of your hotel sexual assault case, your economic damages may include:
- Medical Expenses: Compensation for the cost of medical treatment, including emergency care, surgeries, therapy, and medication, related to physical injuries or examinations resulting from the assault
- Mental Health Care Costs: Reimbursement for expenses incurred for mental health services or counseling to address the emotional trauma and distress you suffered due to the assault
- Lost Wages: Compensation for income that you lost due to initial injuries, medical appointments, or the psychological effects of the incident
Non-economic damages are a way to compensate you for the ways the sex crime has affected your life beyond finances. These damages recognize and address the deep emotional and psychological trauma often accompanying such traumatic experiences. They are often more challenging to prove than economic damages, but they often make up a large portion of the compensation in hotel sexual assault cases. Non-economic damages in a sex crime hotel lawsuit may include:
- Pain and Suffering: The distress, anguish, and physical discomfort you’ve sustained as a result of the sex crime
- Emotional Distress: The psychological and emotional trauma you’ve experienced, such as anxiety, depression, fear, and post-traumatic stress disorder, resulting from the crime
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life: The inability to enjoy activities, relationships, and hobbies as you did before the incident
- Loss of Consortium: The effect of the assault on your ability to maintain normal marital and familial relationships, leading to a loss of companionship and support
Punitive damages are designed to punish the at-fault party and deter such egregious conduct in the future. They’re typically awarded in cases where the at-fault party’s actions are malicious, reckless, or intentional, and the court wants to send a clear message that such behavior is unacceptable.
Very few cases include punitive damages. When you consult with our attorneys, we can help determine if these damages are available to you.
What To Do If You Are a Victim of Sexual Assault at a Hotel
A sexual assault can cause overwhelming feelings such as fear, confusion, depression, and shame—just to name a few. As a result, pursuing legal action may be the last thing on your mind in the aftermath of the incident. We encourage you to take the time and space to get to safety and attend to your immediate mental and physical health needs. If and when you’re ready to take action, be sure to do the following.
Report the Incident
The idea of reporting the assault can feel terrifying for many victims, but it’s a vital step in holding the perpetrator accountable and building your case. Contact the hotel staff or management as soon as possible to report the incident. They are legally obligated to address the situation and ensure your safety. Ask for their assistance in contacting the local authorities.
Even if it has been some time since the incident occurred, it’s probably not too late to make a police report. Under Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations for sexual assault cases, adult victims generally have 12 years to initiate a criminal case and two years to file a civil case.
Preserve as much evidence as possible if you can do so safely. This may include taking photographs of any visible injuries and preserving any clothing you were wearing at the time. You may also want to consider photographing any obvious negligent security factors, such as a broken lock, that may have contributed to the assault. If there were any witnesses to the assault or the events surrounding it, get their information.
Contact an Experienced Lawyer
When you feel ready, contact an attorney experienced in hospitality lawsuits. They will discuss the details of the incident with you to determine if you have a viable negligent security case. Be prepared to answer the following questions:
- Can you describe the details of the incident, including the date, time, and location within the hotel where it occurred?
- How would you describe the level of security within the hotel?
- Were there any previous incidents or complaints related to security concerns at the hotel that you know of?
- Were there any witnesses present during the assault? If so, do you have their contact information?
- Have you reported the incident to the police or any law enforcement agencies? If so, what was the outcome of that report?
- Did you report the incident to the hotel staff or management, and if so, when and to whom did you report it?
- Have you received any communication or response from the hotel regarding the incident?
- Have you sought medical attention or collected any evidence related to the assault, such as photographs or clothing?
- Do you have any evidence or records related to the incident, such as text messages, emails, or communication with the alleged perpetrator?
Contact a Hotel Sexual Assault Lawyer at Cordisco & Saile Today
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