Who’s Responsible for Injuries Sustained in Hotel Accidents?

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No one expects to sustain a serious injury while away on business or vacation, but unfortunately, hotel accidents are not uncommon here in Florida. If you’ve recently been injured in one, you should continue reading and reach out to our experienced Jacksonville hotel accident attorneys to learn more about how we can assist you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do most hotel accidents happen?

Hotel accidents can happen for multiple reasons, however, as with most accidents, they are generally caused by negligence, or the failure to take the proper measures to ensure guests are safe. Just some of the most common causes and types of hotel accidents are as follows:

  • Inadequate security
  • Dangerous swimming pool conditions, such as no wet floor signs or a lack of lifeguards
  • Dangerous sidewalks, parking lots, or parking garages on hotel premises
  • Hot tub accidents
  • Elevator or escalator accidents
  • Food poisoning from serving guests spoiled food
  • Problems with defective gym equipment
  • Stairway accidents
  • Dangerous furniture
  • Unsanitary hotel conditions

How do I know who is responsible for injuries sustained in a hotel accident?

The party responsible for injuries sustained in a hotel accident will largely depend on the circumstances of the accident itself. For example, in most cases, a hotel slip and fall accident can be attributed to negligent hotel staff. Likewise, unsanitary conditions, inadequate security, and other types of unsafe hotel conditions also may be attributed to hotel staff or management, as they have a legal duty to ensure their guests stay in safe environments. When hotel staff or management fails to live up to this standard and someone is injured as a result, the injured party may have a valid premises liability claim against them.

That being said, hotel staff or management may not always be the party responsible for injuries sustained in a hotel. For example, if someone was injured on a defective elevator or by defective gym equipment, the party responsible may actually be the product designer or manufacturer. In cases where someone is injured because of a defective product, they will most likely file what is known as a product liability claim.

Regardless of the cause of your accident, if you’ve been hurt due to no fault of your own, it is always best to speak with our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys who can assess the circumstances of your accident and proceed with a lawsuit against the appropriate party.

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