I was staying at an extended stay hotel due to work. I woke up on March 31st and my car along with my girlfriends car was vandalized. Not that this matters but we are a interacial couple in a prodominatly white area. All of our tires were flattened. There was a police report made as well. The police requested access to the camera to see who had done this. We first were told that we would have it the following Monday. Monday came and then told on Tuesday, then Thursday, then the following Monday. I was just told that they just found out the camera resets after 8 days and now they cannot loook at the camera. Can I sue the hotel now foe negligence or anything for that matter.
The hotel may be liable because it appears they were on notice and knew that the video recordings from the day(s) in question will be required. Their liability may also be limited if they have a "park at your own risk" contract with you.
If the hotel was grossly negligent, resulting in the damages to your vehicle, then you may be able to sue them.
I am not licensed in Ohio. You should seek an attorney in your area to look into the applicable laws, if any, governing the issue.
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Given the amount of property damage here, it probably would not warrant the type of litigation you are contemplating, as it involves security experts and large costs. If you have comprehensive coverage, file the claim under your coverage with your own insurance company for theft and vandalism loss.
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My first thought is also that a lawsuit would be more time and money than it is worth. See if the hotel has some type of insurance that might cover the damage, although it may not.
Ohio has a separate tort called spoliation of evidence, and you could sue the hotel on those grounds in addition to negligence if you choose to. Failing to get their camera records upon request and allowing them to be overwritten certainly sounds like it would fall under those grounds. Still, you have to compare the cost of suing them with the benefit you'd get.
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