By:   Jason R. Margulies

intercontinental-hotel-accidentsHotels and resorts are enjoyable places to visit, but they can sometimes be dangerous. In our fifty years of practice as a firm, we have literally seen it all, from slips and trips, to bed bug infestations, to wrongful deaths and sexual assaults.  No matter the incident, the applicable law is generally similar. That is, if a hotel owner is negligent or fails to use reasonable care and that results in an accident or a death, then the owner can be held responsible in a court of competent jurisdiction.  If you have been the victim of an InterContinental Hotel Group accident, contact an attorney for advice.

InterContinental Hotels Group

InterContinental Hotels Group, or IHG Hotels & Resorts, is a British multinational hospitality company. IHG owns nearly 6,000 hotels in almost 100 countries, with nearly 900,000 total guest rooms. IHG brands include InterContinental, Regent Hotels, Holiday Inn, and Holiday Inn Express.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG):

  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
  • Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Staybridge Suites Hotels
  • Candlewood Suites Hotels
  • EVEN Hotels
  • HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts

Child Drowning Accident at Holiday Inn in Strongsville, Ohio

In July 2020, an eight-year-old boy with special needs drowned in a Holiday Inn pool in Strongsville, Ohio. The boy was missing for nine hours, during which the pool was reportedly checked at least three times, yet he was not discovered at the bottom of the pool. Witnesses described the pool as murky and cloudy, and the hotel had a history of violations during health inspections. We have successfully handled numerous drowning cases and we fought tirelessly to force cruise ships to place lifeguards on cruise ships.  As such, in our view, a tragedy like this was clearly preventable and the hotel can and should be held responsible for the boy’s untimely death.  

Near-Drowning Accident at Holiday Inn Express in Livonia, Michigan

In February 2020, a two-year-old boy nearly died in Livonia, Michigan, after a horrifying incident at a Holiday Inn Express hotel that was caught on video. The boy was recorded on surveillance video at the hotel’s indoor pool flailing in the water and then sinking to the bottom of the pool. A 9-year-old girl discovered the boy unresponsive and got the help of a nearby adult, who dove into the pool and rescued the child. Two off-duty nurses at the hotel performed CPR repeatedly to succeed in finally resuscitating the lucky toddler, who was taken to a hospital, was treated, and released. Again, our unique and extensive experience in handling cases of this nature afford us the best opportunity to hold a hotel accountable where there is negligence that played a role in the incident.  

Sexual Assault at Holiday Inn in Fraser, Colorado

In July 2020, a guest of the Holiday Inn in Fraser, Colorado accused a 22-year-old employee of the hotel of sexual assault. The employee allegedly forced his way into the guest’s hotel room while delivering towels. He then sexually assaulted and choked the guest in an attack lasting about 30 minutes. The employee had appeared visibly intoxicated on the night in question, and police found evidence that he had accessed the hotel’s reservation system to search for the guest’s information. As a firm, we have successfully handled hundreds of rape and sexual assaults cases against hotels and cruise line, so this horrible story is one we have heard far too often.  In our experience, lax (or no) background checks by hotel owners almost invariably leads to disastrous consequences like this.   


What to Do if You Have Been Injured or Assaulted at an IHG Hotel

If you have been the victim of an injury or assault at an InterContinental Hotel Group Hotel, your first priority should be to get immediate medical attention. This not only protects your health and safety but also serves to properly document evidence to provide to the authorities who may bring criminal charges against the assailant.  The next step one should take is to contact an experienced injury attorney who will guide you through all of the steps needed to hold the hotel accountable for its negligence.  Giant corporations like IHG deal with hundreds, if not thousands of injury cases every year.  As such, in our opinion, they know all the tricks to try to get you to take as minimal of compensation as possible.  Conversely, our primary goal when we take on a case is to obtain the maximum compensation available under the applicable law.   

LMW Fights for Victims

Since 1971, we have fought for victims who have been injured or harmed due to the negligence of another.  LMW was awarded the honor of Lawyer of the Year in Admiralty and Maritime in 2020 by US News & World Report. LMW boasts four lawyers who were named Best Lawyer in 2021. Our team of attorneys is highly experienced, with over 165 years of combined experience and over 3,000 cases handled. We have the experience and dedication to know how to fight for justice for victims of hotel and resort accidents and assaults. If you have been the victim of an incident at an InterContinental Hotel Group hotel, LMW’s dedicated attorneys are here to help. Call us at 877-233-1238 for a free consultation today.