You can make a claim against the hotel. If the fall was on hotel property, there may be insurance available to you to help with your medical bills. In addition, if it can be shown that the hotel was in some way negligent for this condition on the property, you may also pursue a personal injury claim against the hotel.
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Photos are very important for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, you need to prove that the owner of the location where you fell was negligent in some way. Without photos or measurements, this may be difficult to do. To answer your question, yes you should hire a competent attorney in California.
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Did the police witness the accident? If not the ticket is subject to dismissal. Was the charge following too closely?
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