Many people take a long weekend during the autumn months to get away from work, spend time with family, and perhaps travel to a place where the trees put on their annual fall display of color. When you go stay at a hotel for a few days, you have every right to expect that the hotel’s premises will be free from unreasonably dangerous conditions and that you do not return from your trip dealing with the aftermath of a completely preventable injury. Unfortunately, every year, this is exactly what happens to some fall travelers, through no fault of their own.
If you have been hurt in an accident that occurred at a hotel, we have some good news – you may be entitled to financial compensation. To find out whether you have a claim, call our office for a free consultation with one of St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers.
Hotels Have a Duty to Keep Their Guests Safe
When a business opens its doors to the public, it has a legal duty to ensure that their premises are free from hazards that create an unreasonable risk of injury, and hotels are no exception. When a business (or its employees) fail to live up to this duty, people who are injured by hazardous conditions caused by their negligence1 are usually legally entitled to recover compensation.
Common Causes of Injuries at Hotels
With elevators, escalators, pools, kitchens, exercise equipment, a dangerous condition could exist around any corner in a modern hotel. Some causes of injury-causing accidents at hotels include the following:
|· Wet floors
· Torn carpet
· Cracked pavement
· Inadequate lighting
· Unsecured pools or hot tubs
· Defective or broken exercise equipment
· Exposed electrical wiring
|· Defective escalators or elevators
· Broken or defective furniture
· Pool and poolside defects
· Holes in flooring
· Stairwells without railings
· Faulty appliances
· Furniture that is not properly secured
There are many other potential causes of hotel accidents, which may or may not be the result of negligence on the part of the facility’s staff. Importantly, it may not always be apparent that an accident was caused by negligence to a person without legal training, so it is always important to have your case reviewed by an experienced attorney.
Hotels May be Liable for the Intentional Acts of Others
While it may be somewhat obvious that hotels can be held liable for accidents that happen on their property, but what about when a person is injured by the intentional acts of others on hotel property. In cases such as this, victims may be able to recover by filing an action based on negligent security. Hotel operators understand that guests are traveling, often with significant and valuable personal possessions. As a result, they have a duty to provide their guests with reasonable security measures in order to keep them safe.
For an example of a negligent security case, consider the following scenario. A hotel guest comes back to the hotel late at night, parks his or her car in the parking lot, and while walking under a burned-out outdoor light, is mugged and injured by a trespasser. In this hypothetical case, the hotel guest would likely be able to recover compensation for the injuries he or she sustained.
What to Do if You Have Been Injured while Staying at a Hotel
After a hotel injury, the first thing you should do is ensure that the facility generates an official incident report. To start this process, report the matter to the manager on duty at the hotel. Next, document information regarding your accident – what time of day did it occur? Did anyone witness your accident? Was your accident caused by an obvious hazardous condition? The answers to these questions could help you recover compensation. You should also see a physician as soon as you can so that you can start whatever treatment you need and that your injuries are officially documented. Finally, call an attorney to retain legal representation.
Call a St. Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you have been injured while staying at a hotel, you should speak to an attorney immediately, as you may be entitled to significant compensation. The kinds of losses that you may be able to recover for include medical bills, lost income, property damage, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering, just to name a few. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call the Dolman Law Group today at (727) 222-6922 or send us an email through our online contact form.
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