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 Post subject: Stepped on a discarded needle in his hotel room
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:35 am 

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The young gent (late 20's, married) who sits next to me confided that when he was on vacation in Seattle he stepped on a dis guarded needle (syringe) in his hotel room. You can imagine what happened next - emergency room, antibiotics and test and more test.

Even though the chances of contracting something nasty are very small it is and has impacted his life - days off...ruined vacation and now waiting...not to mention his relationship with his wife.

Neither he or I are litigious people but had they cleaned that room he would have been spared a miserable few days...I said get a lawyer and see if you can get them to make it right... His answer...How do you get a lawyer in Seattle? (We are in Pa.) I don't have a lot of money- you know my wife is going back to school. Will they do it on contingency?

This is a great kid -Any thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: Stepped on a discarded needle in his hotel room
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:00 pm 

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This is not my area of law (or state), but I'm fairly confident this would be a contingent fee case... and yes, he should at least talk to an attorney in Washington state


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:10 pm 

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I second what bpgui said. http://www.wsba.org/Resources-and-Services/Find-Legal-Help


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 Post subject: Re: Stepped on a discarded needle in his hotel room
PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:10 am 
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It's possible they would make it right without a lawyer. Has that been tried? What did the hotel management say?

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 Post subject: Re: Stepped on a discarded needle in his hotel room
PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:50 pm 

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I would contact the hotel and see what they all have to say. If they do not do anything about it then get a lawyer. You should only have to pay if you win, and make sure to include lawyer fees in the settlement.


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 Post subject: Re: Stepped on a discarded needle in his hotel room
PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:56 pm 
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I'd defer to the opinion of the lawyers.

But, on moral principle, standing up to be made right does not make you litigious. If the hotel chooses not to do the right thing then that's really their choice. A lawyer will start with contacting them to do the right thing and make your friend whole...including lawyers fees.

If the lawyer starts with the premise that he will sue them for millions, dial the next lawyer.


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