By:   Jason R. Margulies

Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have successfully represented numerous rape and sexual assault victims worldwide where the rape occurred at hotels or resorts. Our decades of experience in dealing with rape and sexual assaults on cruise lines—for which we have successfully handled over 250 of these types of cases—making us uniquely suited to handle the complex issues that come with cases of this sensitive and dynamic nature.

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted at a hotel or resort in Miami, Florida, nationally or internationally, contact us immediately to put our experience and expertise to work for you. Connecting with a hotel rape lawyer can give you peace of mind and confidence as you look towards the future. Knowing that there is a strong attorney-client relationship you can count on to keep your confidential or sensitive information discreet is an important benefit of our law firm.

Contact our law firm as soon as possible to request a free consultation. We can discuss specific matters like hotel security lapses that led to a hotel sexual assault or other sexual violence that you believe the property owners should be held accountable for. We will help you understand the entire process of working with an experienced attorney, go through your legal options, and explain how our contingency fee works. We will also give you a clear understanding of how a civil case works and whether or not your assailant will face criminal charges in tandem with the hotel or resort.

Is Your Hotel As Safe As You Think?

Staying at a hotel should be a comforting, safe, and relaxing experience. Many people expect hotels to provide them and their families with security, safety, and shelter while vacationing, traveling for work, or just treating themselves for a weekend getaway. The last thing you want to think about while staying at a hotel is your safety and the safety of the ones you love. Every hotel or resort has a legal duty to take reasonable security measures to minimize or reduce the risk of hotel sexual assault. 

Unfortunately, this standard of reasonable care is not always met.  We have handled numerous cases that involved inadequate security, cameras that were either not functioning or non-existent, improper room key storage, and other issues of negligent security that led directly to preventable crimes being committed.   In recent years, sexual assault cases have increased in the hospitality industry for both hotel guests and hotel employees. Working with experienced lawyers is an important step to take if you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted, especially where a property owner failed to take reasonable security measures to protect you from harm. 

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Important Questions A Hotel Rape Lawyer Will Want To Know About Your Hotel or Apartment Building

Cases like these raise many questions about hotel safety for the guests and employees:

  • Are hotels taking the right measures and procedures to provide safety for everyone in the facility?
  • Are hotels or apartment buildings implementing proper training regarding who enters the hotel?
  • Are hotels or apartment buildings conducting proper background checks to ensure their employees are fit to work on the premises?
  • Is there security on the premises?
  • Was your attack the result of negligent security practices or a lack of safety measures, such as adequate lighting in the hotel parking lot?
  • Did the hotel owners fail to protect guests knowing that there was a threat of criminal activity in or near the premises?
  • Were people other than hotel guests allowed access through locked entrances or past the main office?

These are the legal questions one needs to ask when they are a victim of sexual assault or rape in a hotel. Attorneys will begin to build your case based, at least in part,  on your answers to these questions, and you will be able to discuss the situation in great detail during a free case consultation with our team of experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys.

Successfully Handled Hotel Rape Cases

Hiring Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. is the clear decision when it comes to working with a law firm that is experienced, aggressive, and confident enough to take your case as far as it needs to go. We are here to fight for your rights and will keep fighting until the case is resolved.

Our team has a diverse background of education and representation with experience allowing them to effectively assist clients who have found themselves in terrible circumstances involving hotels and resorts. We have recovered more than $300 million dollars for our clients, which include many victims of sexual assault.

These are some examples of cases we have successfully handled or are currently handling:

  • Two female employees of a Caribbean resort were sexually assaulted by an intruder on the premises which was not properly secured.
  • Two female guests at a resort in Jamaica were raped at gunpoint by an employee of the resort.
  • A 15-year-old girl was raped at a resort in the Bahamas by an assailant who should not have been allowed on the premises. 

The attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., have a diverse background of education and representation with experience allowing us to effectively assist clients who have found themselves in terrible circumstances involving hotels and resorts. We have recovered more than $300 million dollars for our clients, which include many victims of sexual assault.

Tips for Preventing Sexual Assault in Hotels

Here are a few basic hotel safety precautions to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t publicize and keep your room number to yourself at all times. No one should know your room number but yourself and those staying in the room. If possible, have the front desk employee write down your room number rather than announcing it aloud.
  2. Inspect the room when you first enter. Scope out the room including the bathroom, closet, and behind the curtains.
  3. Always lock doors and windows. You should always make sure your door lock is functioning properly and lock it from the inside. Use the deadbolt if one is provided. Lock your windows at night if your room is near a street or if you have a balcony view.
  4. Keep unwanted visitors away. Never open the door unless you know the person behind it, including a hotel employee.
  5. Look for the nearest exit. In case of an emergency, you’ll know where to go and make sure to memorize it as best as possible.
  6. Use the main entrance. When entering and exiting the hotel, try to use the main entrance as much as possible, as this is typically the busiest area of a hotel. Avoid solitary situations. If it makes you feel more comfortable, call the front desk and ask for an employee to accompany you to and from your car.

What To Do If You Are A Victim Of Rape Or Sexual Assault At A Hotel

  1. Report the Incident to Local Authorities
    Becoming a victim of rape or sexual assault taken place at a hotel or resort is a horrific and traumatic experience. Speaking about the incident can be difficult and uncomfortable, but it is important you report the incident as soon as possible. If you are a victim, you should notify the hotel or hotel security, but you must also notify local authorities. This is because there are times when the hotel security is more interested in protecting the company than it is in protecting your rights. Accordingly, it is crucial for your legal case that you have notified the necessary parties including local law enforcement, as soon as possible.
  2. Document Evidence
    This may be challenging right after experiencing something life changing, but this is a key element for your case. Photograph the scene of crime and take notes about the incidents that occurred before and after the assault.
    If possible, seek medical attention soon after. The medical examiner will document any signs of physical harm.
  3. Contact an experienced lawyer
    When facing a legal burden related to rape and sexual assault, it is important to have a skilled sexual assault lawyer on your side. Many individuals do not realize that the perpetrator of their crime can be held responsible for their actions. That is why we are here, to help provide closure for victims and hopefully prevent more of the same incidents from happening in the future.

A Legal Team You Can Trust

We stand by our mission of integrity first, compassion, and excellence in all we do. This means that we are prepared to fight for our clients until their case is resolved. There is no excuse for the perpetrator’s behavior, and you should be able to rest assured that they and those that enabled their actions face the consequences of doing so.

Hotel sexual assaults, whether due to security issues or any negligent conduct of hotel owners and security teams, must be handled by a competent and aggressive attorney to help victims recover a range of damages such as lost wages, medical bills, and emotional distress. Sexual violence is a serious matter, and an attack in private rooms such as your hotel room due to negligent security must be handled properly: by holding the hotel owner accountable for their negligence and lapses in hotel security.  We have successfully handled countless cases of rape and sexual assault.  Let us put our significant experience to work for you.  

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault or rape at a hotel, contact us at 877-233-1238 for a free no-obligation consultation, where we will be able to discuss the specifics of your situation and give you a better understanding of how we can help you move forward with dignity and support. You deserve justice, and we would be honored to help you get it.