What is a hotel’s liability regarding an injury to a guest?

UPDATED: Dec 30, 2010

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What is a hotel’s liability regarding an injury to a guest?

I was recently staying in a hotel. The restaurant has walls and doors all made of transparent glass. I walked into a panel of a wall which, due to a lack of markings, appeared to be an open space. The hotel also had no medical professional on-site or an individual with medical training that could indicate to me the appropriate course of action with my injury; I had a bloody and bruised nose (possible break). What is the hotel’s obligation regarding both markings on a glass wall and having trained medical staff? Should I speak with a personal injury attorney? In Las Vegas, NV.

Asked on December 30, 2010 under Personal Injury, Nevada


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

It is almost certain it's NOT worthwhile talking to a personal injury attorney:

1) You can only sue for the damages you suffered. For a bloody, bruised nose, that's essentially nothing--it's not serious enough for pain and suffering and the medical costs to you are far less than the cost of taking action. If you nose is broken, you could sue for medical costs and any lost wages (if you missed work), but unless it required extensive medical care and/or you suffered some long-term or permanent detriment, it still would not be worth suing for.

2) It's common to have glass panels, doors, etc. in buildings. There is nothing negligent, or unreasonably careless, about doing so, and even very "clear" ones are not invisible--people can see where they are. Unless this was very unusual circumstances, such as involving a layout unusually likely to deceive someone into thinking it was an open space (e.g. a panel jutting across what appeared to be a continuous hallway), it's hard to imagine there'd be fault or liability.

3) There's no requirement or duty for hotels and restaurants to have medical staff, and no liability for not doing so.

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