Property owners have a responsibility to make sure their premises are reasonably safe. This is even so in vacation premises such as hotels or resorts, meaning hotel management and staff have a responsibility to protect guests from harm and to maintain their premises.
A slip and fall accident leading to injuries can ruin a vacation, so visitors should try to protect themselves from slips and trips by watching out for hazards. However, visitors can be as vigilant as they can be, and there will still be a risk of sustaining injuries as a result of negligence by the property owner.
In a premises liability case, the plaintiff has three elements that they must prove. They must be able to show that the hotel owed you a legal duty of care, that it failed in its legal duty to you and that the hotel’s negligence caused harm to you. These can be tricky things to get your head around, which is why you need an experienced Dallas premises liability attorney such as the ones at The Lenahan Law Firm on your side to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Hotel staff and management have a responsibility to keep visitors reasonably safe. They are required to keep walkways clear, mark areas that could potentially be dangerous, and keep people safe from violent attacks or assaults.
There are a number of ways that a hotel or resort can be negligent and, therefore, held responsible for an accident. Many hotels or resorts use security cameras to fulfill their responsibilities to keep visitors reasonably safe. If they do not have sufficient security cameras or do not maintain the camera’s sufficiency, and this leads to an accident, then they can be held responsible. The hotel might have a security team that is poorly trained, or too small and if this leads to an accident then they can also be held responsible.
Some of the most common accidents include slip and fall accidents. This can occur in multiple places around the resort or hotel such as around the swimming pool area, floors that are wet from cleaning, wet weather or leaks or spills, and even poor lighting that makes it difficult to see hazards. Slip and fall accidents can result in a range of injuries including broken bones, bruises, lacerations, head injuries, sprains, and more.
Machinery around the hotel or resort such as escalators or elevators can also cause accidents if they are operating defectively. These could catch on visitor’s clothing, trip people up, or cause even more serious injuries in more serious elevator accidents.
Being involved in an accident at a hotel or resort is often a stressful situation and probably the last thing someone on vacation wants to deal with. If you are injured, it is important to stay calm and notify the hotel management of your situation as quickly as possible.
It is also important to seek medical care as soon as possible to prevent serious and long-lasting injuries as much as possible. The next most important thing to do is contact a personal injury attorney to talk about your situation. If you have been injured at a hotel or resort, you might be entitled to claim compensation from the negligent party.
If your accident occurred as a result of the negligence of the hotel or resort, it is important to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible because you may be entitled to compensation.
The attorney will assess your case and look at the cause of the accident and whether the hotel or resort had a duty of care to prevent the accident from happening and, therefore, breached that duty. An attorney can help you recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, as well as lost wages and more.
If you or a loved one has been injured because a hotel or resort failed to keep you safe, the experienced lawyers at The Lenahan Law Firm can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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