Hotel owners and staff have a legal obligation to keep their grounds safe for guests. This is done by practicing routine sweeps to ensure that everything is in order. If any hazards are found, they must be rectified right away, before guests can become injured. If these sweeps are not done, or hazards are not fixed in a timely manner, serious injuries can occur. In the event that a guest becomes injured, a hotel owner and/or staff can be considered negligent and held responsible. Read on to learn more about hotel accidents and what to do in the event that an injury occurs.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Hotel Accidents?
Hotel accidents can occur for a wide range of reasons, as hotels frequently offer guests various features and amenities, such as swimming pools, gyms, and more. For this very reason, hotel management and staff must regularly maintain these amenities and features to ensure they are safe for all to use. When they do not, serious accidents can occur. Some of the most common causes of hotel accidents are as follows:
- Escalator/elevator accidents
- Sidewalk accidents
- Accidents due to inadequate security
- Accidents due to inadequate lighting
- Food poisoning
- Parking garage accidents
- Hot tub accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Unsanitary conditions
- Gym accidents
- Stairway accidents
- Defective furniture accidents
What Do I Do if I Am Involved in an Accident?
If you are injured in a hotel accident, you will have to provide proof that your accident was a result of another party’s negligence. To do this, you should:
- Document the scene. Take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident.
- Ask any bystanders for their contact information. They may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Seek medical attention. It is important to go to the hospital immediately after your accident. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to obtain further evidence, including security camera footage, police reports, and more.
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