Under premises liability law, business owners are responsible for ensuring that their premises are free of any hazardous conditions that could cause injury to guests or visitors. If you have suffered a slip and fall accident while on premises owned or operated by a hotel, it is important to know your legal rights.
Common examples of slip and fall accidents and injuries in hotels
These accidents can happen due to unsafe premises or inadequate maintenance, such as wet floors without warning signs. This could involve a slippery surface, accumulated debris, uneven flooring, or inadequate lighting. The premises may also be defective in some way such as broken stairs or poor handrail installation. One of the most common injuries from these types of premises liability accidents is a broken bone, such as a fractured arm or leg. Other injuries can include contusions, sprains and strains, cuts, bruises, head trauma and more.
What to do if you’ve been injured in a hotel slip and fall accident
If you get injured due to unsafe premises at a hotel, it is important to seek medical attention promptly. Documenting the premises and taking pictures of the hazardous condition can also help strengthen your premises liability case against the hotel. The next step is to report the slip and fall accident to the hotel as an incident report.
Determining fault in premises liability cases
In premises liability cases, courts will look at premises liability law to determine fault. This includes whether or not the premises had been maintained and inspected properly, whether or not there was adequate warning of a hazardous condition and any other factors that could have contributed to the accident. However, it is important to note that premises liability law varies by state, so it is best to research the premises liability laws where you live.
If you are successful in a premises liability claim, you may get compensated for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages. In addition to this, the court may order that the premises be made safe for visitors or guests so that no one else is injured due to hazardous conditions.