Accidents happen every single day across America in a wide range of settings, from places of business and homes to hospitals and even hotels. Hotels are supposed to be a place where we go to kick back, relax, and simply enjoy life. While they are undoubtedly designed with more safety features than ever before, injuries are quite common at hotels of all different levels of luxury. Sure, accidents happen and many injuries sustained on the grounds of a hotel are just that, but sometimes these types of injuries are preventable and occur as a result of negligence.
Just like with any other establishment, hotels and motels have an obligation to keep their premises safe for visitors. If they fail to do so and their property therefore poses a danger to guests, those in charge could be held liable. In fact, hotels can be held liable for injuries to guests, whether due to negligence or the ill intention of hotel employees, managers, maintenance workers, or some other party. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the case, it can be difficult to hold a hotel legally responsible for injuries that occurred on the premises. You must be able to prove that the hotel was negligent in some manner, which means showing the hotel breached a duty owed to a person who was injured on the property, and that this breach of duty resulted in the injury.
Common Causes of Hotel Injuries
Now that we have briefly gone over what must happen in order to prove liability in a hotel injury case, let’s look at a few of the most common causes of hotel injuries:
- Swimming pool accidents – This may not come as much of a surprise, but one of the most common places where hotel injuries occur is swimming pools. These types of accidents happen for numerous reasons, whether the perimeter area is too smooth, causing guests to slip and fall, or if the steps in the pool are improperly marked.
- Slips and falls – It is quite common for hotel guests to slip, trip, or fall. This is especially true when there is a difference in flooring or if there is worn carpeting and cracked or uneven flooring. Hotel guests may also slip and fall when the rubber mattering at entries and exits are misplaced or protruding, causing them to stumble into the doorways.
- Bed bugs – We all like to believe the bedding in a hotel room has been washed, cleaned, and changed between guests, but this unfortunately isn’t always the case. When cleanliness is not a top priority for a hotel, it can result in bed bugs becoming infested in hotel mattresses, pillows, furniture, and even light switches. Guests can then carry them home in their clothes and suitcases, resulting in thousands of dollars having to be spent in order to eradicate the bugs from a home.
- Burns – When a hotel has set the water thermostat too high, it can lead to serious burns on the guest’s skin from scalding water.
Hotel accidents are extremely serious and happen for many different reasons. While hotels have a very high legal duty of care – or obligation – to do everything they can in order to ensure their premises are safe, this doesn’t always happen. If it can be proven that the hotel was negligent in some manner, resulting in serious injury to their guest, they may be held legally responsible. To learn more about Dallas hotel injuries and your rights, please contact Rad Law Firm today.