Can a hotel be held liable for an injury? The answer is yes. Hotels typically do their best to try and ensure that we have an enjoyable, relaxed, and comfortable stay with them, but unfortunately this isn’t always the case. Even with regular inspections by management, maintenance checks, and on guard supervision from the staff, accidents and unfortunate incidents can still manage to happen. And more unfortunately, these accidents can sometimes end up with guests being injured.
There are several common reasons for hotel injuries:
Unfortunately, although they are extremely enjoyable, fun, relaxing, and refreshing, swimming pools are also very dangerous ‘play’ grounds. This is the reason why hotel pools usually have such strict rules that are listed in large and plain sight for all pool goers to read. But there are various structural factors that lead to accidents. Concrete floors surrounding a pool area, when encountering water can become very slippery, a guest slipping and falling on said floors can suffer serious injuries such as broken bones, head trauma, etc. Another leading cause of hotel mishaps can be mismarked and poorly designed steps inside of the pool, a guest can lose footing and fall back and suffer serious physical trauma.
Other slips and falls
It’s very important that a hotel make sure to properly lay out hazard and warning signs when cleaning/mopping a hotel floor. Slipping, tripping, and falling commonly occurs when either a floor is wet and slippery, or if the floor incurs a sudden change in leveling or terrain. Lines sealing carpet in-between doors frames, etc., when old and rugged, can be very hazardous.
Carelessness in the kitchen can lead to left out food or undercooked meat, specifically poultry, which can end up leaving a guest with food poisoning when the food is consumed. Other things like unsanitary kitchens, improperly sterilized utensils, and other unclean kitchen items can lead to a transfer of unwanted bacteria to a guest, leaving them ill.
Once a hotel is contaminated with bed bugs, it is extremely hard to get rid of them. Bed bugs can easily be transferred from bedding and mattresses to guests, and from there the transfers can just keep occurring. Bed bugs are almost impossible to see with the naked eye, and they live inside of the linen or mattress, even other various furniture. They bite and leave blisters behind on human skin, which can have a later onset of even a couple days after contact. They are very hard to get rid of, and are extremely uncomfortable. Once carried out of a hotel by a guest, either in their clothes or suitcase, if they are spread to a private home, it can cost thousands of dollars to have them properly terminated.
Hotels are of high obligation to do everything in their ability to make the environment safe and sanitary. But sometimes, things get overlooked, or careless employees don’t report or take care of hazardous factors. If you have found yourself in said situation, you may need a Dallas personal injury lawyer. If a hotel’s negligence leads to a guest’s harm or injury, that guest may have a right to compensation. Handling these situations on your own can be extremely stressful and you will likely not get the compensation you deserve for your sufferings. So, if you are looking for a personal injury attorney in Dallas, please, contact us today. Here at Rad Law Firm, we are ready to fight for you and help you get the compensation you deserve.