By:   Jason R. Margulies

hilton-hotelAs one of the world’s leading law firms that represents clients across the globe who have been injured while vacationing aboard cruise ships or at hotels and resorts, the attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. are constantly monitoring the news and industry publications to stay current on accidents and legal cases that touch on our areas of expertise. While not all incidents were necessarily the fault of the property owners, it is our firm belief that most, if not all, of these injuries, accidents, crimes or tragedies were preventable. We have successfully handled numerous cases against Hilton. Let us put our experience and expertise to work for you and your family.  

An injury, accident, crime, or tragedy is a possibility that can seem unimaginable as you are checking into a well-known hotel chain such as Hilton. However, the following examples indicate that there is always a risk of a serious personal injury as a result of a hotel’s failure to keep you safe. While no amount of money will ever undo the pain, suffering, and trauma of this type of situation, nobody should need to take on the financial burdens of the hotel’s failures as a result of an accident. This is why it is so important to partner with an experienced personal injury law firm to fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve.

At Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., we are proud to serve our clients with our world-renowned and award-winning legal support. With hundreds of appearances on national TV, over $300 M recovered (and counting) for clients, named “Best Law Firms”® by US News & World Report since 2016, and 3 attorneys named to “Best Lawyers”®, choosing our firm is an easy decision.

If you were injured at a Hilton or any other hotel, contact our hotel injury lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. immediately for a free consultation with one of our award-winning attorneys. 

Recent Accidents that Occurred at Hilton Hotels

The following cases all involve recent accidents that occurred at Hilton properties. Not all of these cases have concluded and some information may not be available to the public at this time. 

One Child Drowns and Another Injured At DoubleTree Hotel Pool in Memphis

In late January 2022, an unthinkable tragedy unfolded at the DoubleTree Hotel in East Memphis: a child was left in critical condition but breathing after life-saving CPR from bystanders after drowning in a pool, and another was found by first responders unresponsive at the bottom of an outdoor swimming pool and pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Witnesses stated that a lone individual was tasked with watching roughly 30 children at a pool party when she stepped away momentarily. In this instance, one child began to drown at the pool and bystanders rushed to assist. This child was transported to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

When first responders arrived to the call, they discovered that another child from the party was unaccounted for, and was found at the bottom of an outside pool away from the area of the original incident. This child, unfortunately, did not survive.

Situations like this are tragic, and working with an experienced legal team to navigate the complicated and often overwhelming process of working through a personal injury or wrongful death case is one of the best decisions that the surviving family can make. When a lawyer is handling your case, you can stay focused on what truly matters the most: healing and supporting each other through this difficult time.

We have successfully handled numerous drowning cases and our relentless advocacy led to many cruise ships companies placing lifeguards at the pools aboard their cruise ships.  

7 Injured At Hilton Hawaiian Resort From Falling Tree Branches

Accidental drownings at a pool are alarmingly common tragedies, but injuries from falling trees are rarely on anyone’s mind while sitting poolside in Hawaii. 

In September of 2021, 7 guests at the Hilton Hawaiian Village were injured — four critically — when a branch fell near the pool at around 12:15 in the afternoon. The four victims that were seriously injured were transported to a local hospital, while the other three refused treatment after being evaluated at the scene. 

In this situation, the four who were transported to the hospital chose a prudent option for a number of reasons: primarily, because they will be able to get prompt and comprehensive medical care; secondly, because they will generate substantial documentation about the nature and extent of their injuries, which will be very helpful as they try to seek compensation through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. 

This is another example of a situation where hotel guests were enjoying their stay and engaging in seemingly-safe activities, only to suffer significant injuries as a result of a maintenance failure. Whether you are injured in an elevator or escalator, suffer from food poisoning, or even something as surprising as being crushed by a falling tree limb, working with an experienced attorney is essential to be certain that you are fighting for all of the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Elevator Technician Falls Down a Shaft in Chicago DoubleTree by Hilton

December 13, 2010 – This incident involved a 42-year-old elevator technician who worked for the Anderson Elevator Company, which was hired by the hotel to perform routine maintenance. While in the shaft, the repairman lost his footing and fell approximately 15 feet. He was transported to the hospital where his condition was listed as severe. The accident victim broke his foot. Under Illinois workers’ compensation law, this incident should have been covered under Anderson Elevator’s policy, which would cover the technician’s medical bills and lost wages. In workers’ comp cases, the victim can generally recover damages even if they’re at fault.  Importantly, there may also be additional tort liability attached to the hotel owner.  These types of cases are often referred to as third party cases, where a worker who is injured is suing someone other than their employer.  We have successfully countless similar third party cases.  And we are currently handling a catastrophic injury case involving an elevator fall to an employee who was working aboard an MSC cruise ship.  

DoubleTree by Hilton Employee Accused of Raping Guest in Hotel Room in Berkeley

June 5, 2020 – An unidentified victim reported that 64-year-old Isaac Amiga, a restaurant supervisor at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Berkeley, CA, approached her and paid for her meal and a glass of wine. The victim described feeling “weird” and said she blacked out. When she later regained consciousness, she was being sexually assaulted in her hotel room by Amiga. He was later arrested on  suspicion of rape. The police stated that DNA evidence tied him to the rape. The DoubleTree placed Amiga on administrative leave and subsequently terminated him.  Hotels must take every possible reasonable precaution to ensure the safety of their guests, and this can include vicarious liability for the wrongful or criminal acts of its employees.  We are intimately familiar with handling rape and sexual assault cases against cruise lines and hotel owners and we are currently handling such cases against most or all of the major cruise lines.   

Man Threatens 12-Year-Old Girl at Boca Beach Club in Boca Raton

July 26, 2016 – The family of a 12-year-old girl sued the Boca Beach Club, which is a Waldorf-Astoria Resort owned by Hilton Worldwide, over an incident where a 22-year-old man, Scott Louis Samaha, who was drinking alcohol allegedly made threats to the victim and physically touched her. In a redacted lawsuit filing, the family claimed that touching was done in a harmful and offensive manner without the consent of the minor. The family  sued the resort for failure to provide adequate security. The family’s case was strengthened because the alleged assailant Samaha was previously banned from the premises because of prior violent acts and/or acts of intoxication, according to the lawsuit. As is the case with the Berkeley, CA assault described above, the resort has an obligation to provide a reasonably safe environment for its  guests.  Unfortunately, in our 50 years of experience, we have repeatedly seen clear breaches of this duty of care.  Fortunately, we have also repeatedly been successful in holding hotels, cruise lines and vessel owners liable for this negligence.  

Jefferson City DoubleTree by Hilton Named in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

2014-2015 – In this case, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission filed a lawsuit on behalf of a housekeeper who claimed to have been verbally and physically harassed by a room inspector. The housekeeper reported an incident when the male room inspector threw her on the bed, stuck her in the arm, and made lewd comments. The defendants in this lawsuit  allegedly jointly operated the DoubleTree where the alleged harassment occurred. The EEOC claimed  they were aware of the harassment and failed to take appropriate action. The suit was filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under Missouri law, sexual harassment exists when “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct … creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.   We are intimately familiar with workplace harassment cases, whether on land, or at sea, and we have the experience and resources to hold all such bad actors, and their employers, liable for workplace harassment.

Not All Torts Involve an Accident or Physical Injury

These cases serve as a reminder that the legal definition for “injuries” is often different from the way it is used colloquially. While falling down an elevator shaft is bound to lead to physical injuries, being verbally threatened at a resort may not. Both types of incidents, however, are legally actionable.  We so often hear from potential clients who tell us their stories.  They often think we cannot help or they do not have a case, but they are far too often wrong.  We are lucky to live in a country like the USA where there is a thriving, independent legal system.  Do not ever assume you do not have a case.  If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right.  So  speak with an experienced attorney to determine if you have a viable case.  Remember, our consultations are completely confidential and absolutely free.   


About Hilton Worldwide Holdings

Hilton Worldwide owns 971,000 rooms on 6,300 properties in 118 countries. Hilton Honors has 103 million members and the hotel chains employ 173,000 workers. With the sheer volume of guests and workers, the potential for negligent misconduct is enormous. The law is well settled that hotels like Hilton have a duty of reasonable care under the circumstances.  This means they must  take every reasonable precaution to ensure the safety and well being of their guests. 

Hilton Hotel and Resorts Subsidiaries

  • Waldorf Astoria
  • Conrad Hotels & Resorts
  • Canopy
  • Curio
  • DoubleTree
  • Embassy Suites
  • Garden Inn
  • Hampton
  • Homewood Suites
  • Home2 Suites

Our Hilton Accident Lawyers Are Ready To Take Cases To Trial

The attorneys of Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have the experience and legal acumen to determine the viability of your case.  Whether you’re a guest or an employee, if you’ve been injured on a Hilton property or at some other hotel or resort, you may be entitled to significant damages.

Our law firm has the distinct honor of being named in “Best Law Firms”® by US News & World Report since 2016, which is no surprise considering that 3 of our attorneys have been named to “Best Lawyers”®, as well. With over 165 years of combined experience taking on major cruise liners, international hotel chains, and others, we are ready to fight for the money you deserve after suffering an accident due to someone else’s failure to keep you safe.

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