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Personal Injury 3/01/2024

Who is Responsible if You Are Injured in a Hotel? 

Guests associate hotels with relaxation and comfort, but sometimes, accidents can happen. If you were injured while staying at a hotel, it's important to understand your rights and who may be responsible for your injuries. This article discusses premises liability in hotels, common hotel injuries, and who might be held liable in cases of hotel injury.

At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner, & Davey, our attorneys have a proven track record of securing maximum compensation on behalf of our clients. Contact us today to discuss your case with a qualified hotel injury attorney and determine whether you are entitled to compensation.

Premises Liability in Hotels

Premises liability is a legal concept that holds property owners and managers responsible for injuries that occur on their premises due to negligence. When it comes to hotels, the property owner or management company has a duty of care to ensure guest safety and maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition. This includes performing regular maintenance, addressing potential hazards promptly, and providing adequate security measures to prevent accidents and ensure the safety of their guests.

What is Duty of Care?

Duty of care is a legal obligation imposed on individuals that requires them to adhere to a standard of reasonable care. Under this duty of care, they must take adequate measures to avoid harm or injury to others. When they fail to exercise reasonable care, and someone is injured as a result, the negligent party can be held liable in a personal injury claim.

Common Hotel Injuries

While hotels generally work hard to maintain safe environments for their guests, accidents can still occur. Common hotel accidents include the following:

  • Slip and falls
  • Broken furniture or equipment
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Bed bugs
  • Food poisoning
  • Escalator accidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Assaults

Who Might be Liable in Cases of Hotel Injury

Determining liability in hotel injury cases depends on several factors, including the cause of the injury and the circumstances surrounding it. Parties that may be held liable for hotel injuries include the following:

Hotel Owners - Hotel property owners or management companies may be held liable for hotel accident claims if the injury resulted from their failure to maintain safe premises or address known hazards. 

Hotel Staff - Individual staff members, such as housekeeping or maintenance personnel, may be liable if their negligence directly contributed to the accident or injury.

Third-party Contractors - If the injury resulted from the careless actions of a third-party contractor hired by the hotel, such as a maintenance company or security firm, they may be held liable.

Product Manufacturers - If the injury was caused by a defective product, such as a faulty appliance or piece of furniture, the manufacturer or distributor of the dangerous product may be held liable under product liability laws.

Other Guests - In cases where the injury was caused by the actions of another guest, such as assault, battery, or sex crimes in hotels, the responsible guest can be liable for damages.

Seeking Compensation After a Hotel Accident

Hotels have a duty of care to ensure their guests are free of harm and maintain their premises in a safe condition. If you have been injured due to hotel negligence or unsafe conditions, it is important to take the time to understand your rights and seek legal assistance to hold the responsible parties accountable. 

You may be entitled to financial compensation if you've been injured in a hotel. Working with our experienced attorneys at Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner, & Davey can help you secure fair compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation case review.

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