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Summer Series Safety VI: Hotel Accidents and Hotel Liability

Delaware County Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Hotel Accidents and Hotel LiabilitySummer is the most popular time for vacations. While entertainment and relaxation are top priorities for vacationers, it is important to remember that safety is always a concern, especially when staying in a hotel. Hotels are sites for many accidents, such as accidental drownings and slip and falls, that can result in serious injuries to guests. If guests are injured due to hotel negligence, they may be entitled to recover damages for the cost of medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Hotel Accidents

Hotels often have pools, which can be fun, but also dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that from 2005 to 2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatalities due to unintentional drownings per year in the United States. Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15.

When staying at a hotel, it is important to always supervise children and be near them while they are swimming. Parents on vacation can easily be distracted by socializing, reading, listening to music, or other poolside activities.  If children are not monitored closely, they may drown without calling attention to themselves, as drowning victims are usually unable to call for help.

Another common hotel accident is a slip and fall. Slip and fall accidents may occur at the pool because of the slippery surfaces surrounding the pool, but they also may occur in other areas of the hotel.  Worn carpeting, unattended spills, and bunched rubber mats at entrances and exits to the hotel may cause a guest to slip and fall, resulting in serious injuries.

Hotel Liability

Premises liability refers to the laws that hold property owners responsible for injuries occurring on their property that were caused by an unsafe or defective condition. Hotels have duties to provide safe accommodations for guests, to conduct reasonable inspections of the premises for hazards, and to warn guests of such hazards. If a hotel fails to uphold these duties and a guest suffers an injury due to their negligence, the guest may be entitled to compensation for expenses associated with their injury.

At hotel pools, there must either be a lifeguard on duty or a sign indicating that there is not to notify guests to swim at their own risk. Hotels must also ensure that spills are cleaned up within a reasonable amount of time and that guests are warned about slippery floors and other potential hazards. If a guest suffers an injury from a pool accident or a slip and fall, the hotel, as well as other contractors, may be held liable.

Delaware County Personal Injury Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Represent Those Injured in Hotel Accidents

If you or a loved one was injured in a hotel accident, the Delaware County personal injury lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC can assist you in your case against the parties responsible for your injuries. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will work diligently to recover your financial damages and ensure the best possible outcome for your case. We represent clients in Delaware County, Chester County, and Philadelphia. Call us at 215-569-8488 or contact us online today.