Just as injuries are unique to every victim, so are the facts of each personal injury claim. Hotel injuries can happen for a variety of reasons. The following demand letter example should only be used as a guide when writing your own demand letter. Don’t copy it word for word. Rather, substitute your specific case information where appropriate.
The sample demand letter below deals with a burn injury at a hotel.
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Hotel Injury Demand Letter Example
February 3, 2015
Doncair Insurance Company
Ms. Wonna Sedle
125 Cork Street, Suite A
Newark, NJ 07110
FOR SETTLEMENT PURPOSES ONLY
Dear Ms. Sedle:
As you know, I was seriously injured on January 15, 2015, at approximately 8:00 a.m., while attempting to take a shower in your insured’s hotel. After stepping into the shower, I was burned by hot water flowing from the shower head. I received second-degree burns that required emergency medical care. The injury resulted in medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, and great pain and suffering.
Your insured’s failure to repair the defective thermostat, which ultimately resulted in my injuries, constituted negligence. Your insured wholly failed in its duty to protect me from harm. Your insured’s negligence was the direct and proximate cause of my injuries and subsequent damages.
At all times related to my injury I was observant and acted as any other reasonable hotel guest would have acted under the same circumstances.
I want to make one thing clear: I never asked for any of this to happen. Prior to January 15, 2015, I enjoyed a full life, free of pain. On January 15th, however, my life was changed. Because of your insured’s negligence, I was in acute pain for two weeks.
During that time, I was unable to freely move about without suffering excruciating pain and discomfort. I incurred out-of-pocket expenses for medications, bandages, and other costs related to my injuries and treatment. I was also unable to work during that time and, as a result, lost two-weeks’ wages.
As you are aware, I am currently not represented by an attorney. I am writing this letter in good faith, in hope of settling this matter amicably and without the need for litigation.
On January 14, 2015, I checked into your insured’s hotel, the Hotel Nidemare, located at 1227 Shore Boulevard in Orlando, Florida. I was in Orlando with my family on vacation. On the morning of January 15, I was the first to take a shower. Being unfamiliar with the shower dial, I made sure to only turn the dial halfway between the hot and cold setting.
Expecting the temperature to settle at a level halfway between hot and cold, I stayed under the flow of the shower head. Suddenly, and without warning, the water turned extremely hot, and just as quickly began to scald my upper and lower front body. The scalding happened so quickly that I didn’t have time to react.
I got out of the shower as fast as I could. I was in great pain and felt a burning sensation over most of my front torso and legs. I cried out to my husband John. My front torso and legs were reddened from the burning water.
My husband John called the front desk and spoke with the hotel’s manager, Ms. Sue Mee. John told Ms. Mee I was burned in the shower and asked her to call for the paramedics. Ms. Mee told my husband each hotel room’s hot water is governed by a thermostat that prohibits water temperature from rising higher than 110 degrees. Because of this, she said, it was impossible for me to have been burned.
With great pain and discomfort, I dressed. The clothes against my skin exacerbated my pain. My husband drove me to the Lakeshore Hospital Emergency Room. After waiting in extreme pain and discomfort for over an hour, I was seen by Dr. Ima Panefri. Dr. Panefri examined me and diagnosed my injuries as second-degree burns over my front torso and legs. I was treated and released.
Because of my injuries I was unable to join my husband and two children at Disney World. Pursuant to doctor’s orders, I was forced to stay in the hotel room covered in antibiotic ointment, taking pain medication. I was suffering in severe pain and discomfort for the three days our family was in Orlando on vacation.
INJURIES AND TREATMENT
I was treated for my injuries by Dr. Ima Panefri at the Lakeshore Hospital Emergency Room located at 1002 Shore Boulevard in Orlando, Florida. After a thorough examination, Dr. Panefri concluded that I sustained second-degree burns to my front torso and legs. Dr. Panefri indicated my injuries were a direct result of my being scalded with hot water from the shower in my hotel room.
While an emergency room nurse applied an antibiotic ointment called Bacitracin to the affected burn areas, Dr. Panefri indicated further treatment would be required to treat my burns. Treatment included bandaging the affected areas where possible and applying the antibiotic ointment while at home twice daily. Dr. Panefri further prescribed Vicodin 10 mg #30, PRN to treat the pain.
The doctor indicated it would take approximately two weeks for the burns to fully heal. During that time she suggested I keep the affected areas free from clothing that might be abrasive. As a result, I was unable to work and received no wages for the two-week recovery period.
I am a 34-year-old female with an unremarkable medical history. I delivered a daughter two years ago, and a son three years ago. Both births were free from any medical problems. I was in good health at the time of the injury made the basis of this claim.
I have been employed since June 2010 as a school teacher at Newton Street Elementary School in Newark, New Jersey. My job duties include frequent sitting and standing, and on occasion, lifting children. During my tenure at Newton, I have missed work because of illness on only 3 occasions.
Prior to my employment at the Newton Elementary School, I was employed as a teacher’s aide at the Campbell Elementary School in Newark. Before that, I was a full-time student at Rutgers University.
Below I’ve listed my medical bills and other economic losses. I’ve attached copies of the relevant bills and receipts, and a letter from my employer confirming my lost wages.
After careful consideration of liability and damages, and an in-depth review of standard settlements for injury cases with similar fact patterns, I am convinced a fair and reasonable settlement inclusive of my pain and suffering is $6,687.00.
For soft-tissue injuries like minor burns, you can come up with an amount for pain and suffering by multiplying the medical bills by a factor of 2-5 times. Then you’d add expenses and lost wages to arrive at a total settlement demand.
In the above example, the victim’s medical expenses total $1,290.00. Four times the medical expenses ($5,160.00), plus expenses and lost wages ($1,527.00), totals $6,687.00. The victim would therefore receive $3,870.00 for pain and suffering.
The adjuster probably won’t agree to pay your initial demand. It’s more of a starting point for negotiations. For this reason, ask for slightly more than you think fairly represents your total damages.
I look forward to hearing from you.
36 James Way
Newark, NY 09621
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