By:   Jason R. Margulies


As 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 of Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. keep apprised of recent cases involving accidents and torts occurring on hotel properties. With almost 200,000 guest rooms globally, Marriott International is the third-largest hotel chain in the world and the parent company of well-known brands like Ritz-Carlton, W Hotels, Westin Hotels, Courtyard, Sheraton, and many more. Owning and managing such an extensive product line involves extensive oversight to ensure the safety of employees, visitors, and guests. 

The following incidents occurred in the past few years on properties owned by Marriott International. Availability of information is sometimes limited due to the stage of the legal case or the conditions of the settlement. If you have been injured on a Marriott property, call the hotel injury lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., and speak with one of our top-tier hotel injury attorneys. 

Accidents Occurring on Property Owned by Marriott International or its Subsidiaries

The following incidents all occurred on Marriott properties. Not all of these incidents are the subject of currently pending litigation. 

Three-Year-Old Nearly Drowns in Courtyard by Marriott Pool in Montvale, NJ

July 19, 2020 – While visiting the Courtyard by Marriott located in Montvale, a family member pulled a drowning three-year-old boy from the swimming pool. Fortunately, Dr. John Blundell of Buffalo was on scene to provide CPR. A nearby officer from Montvale PD administered oxygen to the toddler and EMTs transported him to Valley Hospital in nearby Ridgewood. While it is unclear whether or not there was a lifeguard on duty at the Montvale Courtyard, many times the hotel attempts to place the burden of responsibility on accompanying adults. These types of lax policies and procedures may expose the hotel to significant liability. In many instances, the hotel fails to employ a lifeguard to avoid the additional expense. Unfortunately, that often means weak swimmers, those with health issues, and children may find themselves in peril with no assistance outside assistance. Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have decades of experience with swimming pool drowning accidents, and we effectively forced several of the major cruise line to  employ life guards aboard their cruise ships because of the wrongful death drowning  cases we have handled

Woman Dies in Apparent Suicide at Birmingham, AL Sheraton

March 8, 2020 – In a tragic suicide that occurred in front of witnesses, 33-year-old Katherine R. Fiorentino lunged off of the 17th-floor balcony of her room at the Birmingham Sheraton. Hotel security had responded to a disturbance in her room because she was acting erratically and had thrown a cellphone over the balcony. They called the police, but the security guards made contact with Fiorentino before Birmingham PD arrived. Upon contact, Fiorentino ran to the balcony and plunged to her death. Factors that could impact a potential wrongful death suit would include the level of training that the hotel security staff received with regard to suicidal and emotionally distraught subjects, the height of the balcony railing, and any other measures that the hotel may have taken to prevent this tragedy.    

16-Year-Old Girl is Shot to Death at Indianapolis JW Marriott

November 21, 2020 – Police responded to the JW Marriott in response to a report of gunshots. When they arrived, the officers located and entered the room to find 16-year-old Karla Vasquez dead with an apparent gunshot wound. A 17-year-old male was arrested for charges of reckless homicide. One witness who was in the room said she heard a gun cock and fire, killing Vasquez. Because this is a recent crime involving a juvenile suspect, much of the information surrounding the case hasn’t been released. Whether or not the juvenile victim and suspect were guests of the hotel and whether or not the hotel was aware of their presence will likely  have some bearing in a wrongful death suit if the family chooses to pursue legal action against the JW Marriott. There is also the question of where the minor suspect obtained the firearm.  Nonetheless, this type of preventable incident would typically be considered a negligent security case, and we are intimately familiar with the issues presented in such cases.  


Marriott and their subsidiaries

  • Marriott Hotels
  • The Ritz-Carlton
  • Aloft
  • Bulgari
  • JW Marriott
  • Le Meridien
  • Edition
  • Autograph Collection Hotels
  • Renaissance Hotels
  • AC Hotels by Marriott
  • Moxy Hotels
  • Courtyard
  • Springhill Suites
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites
  • Residence Inn
  • Towneplace Suites
  • Marriott Executive Apartments
  • Gaylord Hotels
  • Delta Hotels
  • Four Points by Sheraton
  • Westin
  • The Luxury Collection
  • W Hotels
  • Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
  • St. Regis
  • Element

How to Know You Have a Legal Case Against a Hotel

Naturally, it’s not feasible for the in-house staff of a hotel or resort to know what occurs in every guest room.  As such, not all hotel accidents lead to a viable personal injury case. Nonetheless, there is a well established duty of care that applies to hotel chains that includes taking reasonable steps to prevent such incidents and taking reasonable steps in the event that such an incident occurs. Failure to take such steps can lead to liability against the hotel owner. Therefore, if you’ve been injured on a hotel property, you may be entitled to recover damages. Contact the attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman to discuss your case. We offer free consultations and there is no obligation. The statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits vary depending on the location of the property, so call 877-233-1238 at your earliest convenience.