Who is Liable for My Slip and Fall Accident at a Hotel?
Summer is a popular time to go on vacation and enjoy some time away from the responsibilities of everyday life. However, those who plan on traveling and staying in a hotel should still be aware of the related hazards. Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere, but in hotels, there are numerous slipping hazards that can cause guests to fall in various locations on the premises.
Causes of Hotel Slip and Fall Accidents
Slippery conditions in almost any part of a hotel – including the hotel lobby, restaurant, bathroom, swimming pool, and parking lot – can lead to slip and fall accidents. Some of the most common causes of trip or slip and fall accidents at hotels include:
- Faulty stairs or elevators
- Leaking roofs
- Unsecured mats near entryways
- Obstructions in walkways
- Slippery pool decks
- Spilled beverages
- Spills in bathrooms
- Uneven flooring
- Unsafe diving boards
- Wet parking lots
- Worn carpeting
Who is Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident at a Hotel?
A hotel may be held liable for slip and fall accident injuries on the premises, provided certain elements are met. Property owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care to maintain the safety of workers, guests, and anyone else visiting the property. Under premises liability law, hotel guests are considered “invitees” and are therefore owed a higher standard of care than licensees (such as salespeople) or trespassers who are on the property without permission.
Proving a Hotel is Responsible for a Slip and Fall Injury
Those who are injured in a slip and fall accident at a hotel may recover compensation for the losses associated with their injury by filing a premises liability claim. To prevail, a claimant must prove that the hotel breached its duty to exercise reasonable care to protect guests from unsafe conditions. They must also show that the breach was the direct cause of their injuries.
Hotel staff must regularly inspect the grounds, fix dangerous conditions promptly, and notify guests of any dangerous conditions. Therefore, if the hotel learns of a spill it must clean it up as soon as possible. When the hotel learns of a leak, it must put up signs notifying guests of its existence and again notify guests when it is being fixed. Hotel guests are also entitled to adequate lighting, unobstructed walkways, defect-free stairs, and safe elevators.
If a hotel does not maintain reasonably safe premises or fails to warn its guests of dangerous conditions and someone is injured as a result, it may be liable for the guest’s injuries, including compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Under New Jersey’s modified comparative negligence rule, claimants may recover only if they were less than 50 percent responsible for the accident, and damages are adjusted to reflect the parties’ relative percentage of fault.
Cherry Hill Slip and Fall Lawyers at Williams Cedar Assist Those Injured at Hotels
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident at a hotel, contact a Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyer at Williams Cedar. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our experienced attorneys represent clients in Cherry Hill, South Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide from our offices conveniently located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey. For a free consultation, please complete our online contact form or call us at 215-557-0099 or 856-470-9777.