My question involves injury or loss that occurred in the state of:
setting: staying at a major hotel chain in a major downtown city up north.
Incident: Shortly after we arrived my baby (10 month) was pulling on the bottom drawer of a dresser.. This dresser had a very large crt tv on in it.. I was lying in bed watching t.v. and my baby.. While my wife was walking towards the dresser. It started falling over while he was opening the drawer. My wife reached out and tried to stop it but it was too heavy.. As it came crashing down it hit the hotel desk chair and slowed a little, giving me a split second to hold onto the tv before the whole thing crushed my child.. One of the drawers pinned him down on his leg for a few seconds before I could get the whole unit upright..
My wife immediately called the desk to call 911.. After the balling stopped and the EMTs arrived, it looked like he was only bruised but the medical team suggested we take him to the hospital..
He is fine now, but my wife and myself are still pretty freaked out.
A few facts: The hotel people were completely uncaring about the whole situation.
After saying they would comp our rooms, we had to hassle with Expedia and the hotel manager for almost a week before they took care of it. At one point, the manager told Expedia that he didn't say the room charges were free.. Total dick.. Someone must of got a hold of someone higher up cause the next day the charges were dropped..
The dresser was about 38" high and the t.v. was bolted to the top.. I looked on the back of the dresser and there was 2 long skinny screws sticking out the back.. The wall it was up against was brick or concrete.. (old downtown building).
my wife and I have never had to use a lawyer for anything. We are pretty low income, and we don't know if we could afford a lawyer..
My child was almost crushed to death and I just can't stop thinking about it.. It's been a week and I'm still scared and pissed.
My question is how far should we take this. Should we just be happy that he is still alive. Should we make them pay for the hospital visit or go even further than that?
This could happen to someone else and there lazy attitude about the whole thing makes me feel like they aren't going to change the way they have the tv/dresser set up.. all the rooms are the same. and this tv sits more towards the front than the middle.. So its not only top heavy but all the weight is towards the front.. and its only held to the wall by 2 screws. I have no idea what the deal was with ours.. Its obvious a 20lbs baby can't pull a secured dresser off of a wall..