Can the motel be responsible after my brother was murdered in a motel room? 17 Answers as of March 06, 2014

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The Bryan Law Firm, L.L.C.
The Bryan Law Firm, L.L.C. | Douglas L. Bryan
It's hard to say. It would really depend on the facts of the case.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 3/6/2014
Pius Joseph A Professional Law Corp. | Pius Joseph
Yes, if there is a history of prior similar incidents and there was lack of security and it is foreseeable such incidents could happen. These are tough cases and a lot depends on the evidence.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/6/2014
Robert A. Bracco & Associates
Robert A. Bracco & Associates | Robert Bracco
Depends how someone accessed his room and what security measures they have in place.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 3/6/2014
Steven Meyer | Steven Meyer
I'm sorry to hear about your brother. Whether there is a potential claim against the hotel depends on the facts of the case and on the law of the state in which the murder occurred.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 3/6/2014
Wayne J. Wimer, Inc. P.S.
Wayne J. Wimer, Inc. P.S. | Wayne J. Wimer
Without knowing the actual facts, events, and circumstances, no attorney can give you an opinion that would be accurate.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 3/6/2014
    Peters Law, PLLC
    Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
    Probably not, unless you can somehow tie the murder to a failure of security by the hotel. I suppose it may be a possibility, but I am having a hard time figuring out how that could happen.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 3/6/2014
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
    It is possible, depending on the facts and circumstances.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
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    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    Maybe, but most probably not.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
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    Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
    It depends on the factors surrounding the incident. It is worth consulting with a local lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/6/2014
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    Possibly, but these cases are very difficult. You would have to prove that the motel had inadequate security, that they knew or should have known this crime was likely to occur, that they had an opportunity to prevent it and failed to do so.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/6/2014
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A.
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
    Need a lot of facts which you did not provide. You would have to show that the murder occurred because there was a lack of security. That is hard to do but not impossible with the right expert and the right police records. Just because a criminal act occurred is no basis for liability. The only basis is that the hotel did not have adequate security and that that led to the death get you a good lawyer and tell him all the facts.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 3/6/2014
    Ferguson & Ferguson
    Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
    If you can prove they were negligent. Defective locks, security and etc.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
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    Ty Wilson Law
    Ty Wilson Law | Ty Wilson
    This is a negligent security claim. Fact are critical, you should reach out to a Georgia negligent security/personal injury attorney immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/6/2014
    The Law Offices of Russell Gregory, P.C.
    The Law Offices of Russell Gregory, P.C. | Russell Gregory
    Possibly, yes. Things that invite crime, like inadequate security (gating, guards, cameras, etc.), inadequate lighting outside, etc., can support liability. There is also a recent case saying that a landlord failing to quickly and properly respond to a danger creates liability. Certainly, this could extrapolated to include motel staff. Also, other companies may be involved, like a security companies, that could be liable. The matter is definitely worth discussing, to see if there may be a case.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/6/2014
    Bretz & Young
    Bretz & Young | Matthew L. Bretz
    Potentially. It will depend on whether the hotel knew or should have known of the risk and whether they had adequate security.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 3/6/2014
    Candiano Law Office
    Candiano Law Office | Charles J. Candiano
    It is certainly possible but more facts are necessary to tell you for sure. Please meet with a personal injury attorney ASAP to determine whether there is liability.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/6/2014
    Adler Law Group, LLC
    Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
    Only if they should have known of the threat and didn't take reasonable action.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
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