Spring Break is here, and hundreds of thousands of people are planning, enjoying, or just coming home from their well-deserved vacations. When you think of going on Spring Break, you imagine a fun-filled trip chalked full of new experiences and happy memories. No one really plans on getting hurt, especially at their own hotel. As a spring break vacation hotel guest, you fully expect that your hotel will provide a safe and hazard-free environment during your stay. But accidents do happen on Spring Break; and if they happen as a result of hotel negligence, injured victims should be fully and fairly compensated for their damages and losses.
If you were recently injured on hotel property as a result of their negligence, you may be entitled to a settlement to cover your damages. Continue reading to learn the basics of hotel accident liability, and how to determine if you have a strong case.
Hotel Accidents and Premises Liability
Right now, hotel traffic and occupancy are high, especially in popular vacation spots like Florida and New Orleans. The majority of hotels and hotel chains in these tourist areas are properly managed and maintain strict internal safety codes for the security of their guests, visitors, and staff. Such hotels stay current on all building codes, regular inspections, and routine maintenance, ensuring that everyone in and around their premises are safe and protected against foreseeable hazards. But unfortunately, not all hotels uphold this duty of care, leaving many Spring Breakers wrongfully injured in a hotel accident this time of year. Even the most professional and esteemed hotels sometimes do not use reasonable care, making them liable for a person’s injuries in the case of an accident.
Common Types of Hotel Accidents
Hotels are built in a way that can pose a long list of possible hazards and accidents, from balconies and stairwells to fire systems, swimming pools, slip and falls, food poisoning, assault, theft, and even tea kettles and unsafe furniture. With so many amenities, activities, and structures around, the possible ways of getting hurt are virtually infinite.
❖ Balconies and Stairwells – Dangerous and defective railing, lighting, and other structural integrity issues are common causes of hotel negligence that can lead to victims falling off of balconies or down stairwells.
❖ Swimming Pools and Pool Decks – Drowning accidents at hotels happen and swimming pools can also pose several other types of dangers, such as head and neck injuries, spinal injuries, orthopedic injuries, and slip and fall injuries.
❖ Slip and Falls – There are many slip and fall hazards that can cause serious injuries to hotel guests and visitors, such as wet floors, un-level walking surfaces, torn carpeting, poorly-lit staircases, damaged curbs and steps, and much more.
❖ Defective or Broken Items – Furniture, small appliances, and other items in a hotel can also be the cause of a wrongful injury to a guest, such as a broken shower rail, defective tea kettle, faulty electrical wiring, irons, steamers, fire alarms, smoke detectors, and more.
❖ Criminal Activity – Hotels are supposed to provide a safe environment for their occupants and staff. They should take the proper precautions to prevent common spring break hotel criminal activity like theft and assault.
Premises Liability Law
Hotels are legally required to use reasonable care to keep their occupants and staff protected from foreseeable hazards and unsafe environments on their premises, including indoors, outdoors, shuttles, and parking lots. If they fail to uphold this legal duty of care, they can be held responsible in a premises liability lawsuit. If a person, guest, employee, or otherwise, is injured on their property as a result of the hotel’s failure to reasonably maintain safe premises, victims can sue the hotel and recover compensation for their damages and losses. Common personal injury damages include hospital bills, medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Were you seriously hurt in your hotel on spring break?
Contact the accident attorneys at Craven, Hoover, and Blazek P.C. for professional personal injury claim representation you can trust. We serve clients in Indianapolis and all throughout Indiana. Call us at 888-881-2700 or 317-881-2700. If the injury or death occurs outside Indiana, our law firm will work hand in hand with a well respected law firm in whatever state the injury or death occurs in to assure that our clients have the best representation in both states.
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