When people stay at a hotel, they expect to be provided with a certain standard of care. No matter the type of hotel, this includes safe premises that do not put guests in harm’s way. The grounds of a hotel may not be safe if the management or staff employed does not take care of them. This negligence can lead to injured guests. As a result, these guests can pursue legal action to recover compensation for damages. Continue reading to learn more and contact an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney for help with your case.
What are Causes of Hotel Accidents?
Generally, hotels offer their guests a variety of services and amenities. Most hotels have basic means of accessibility such as stairwells, elevators, and escalators. There are also many others that offer certain luxuries such as pools, restaurants, gyms, and spas. If these are not properly maintained, they can become dangerous to guests. Common causes of hotel accidents can include:
- Defective furniture
- Food poisoning
- Hot tub accidents
- Inadequate security
- Swimming pool accidents
- Escalator accidents
- Elevator accidents
- Gym equipment accidents
- Unsanitary conditions, such as bed bugs
- Parking lot/garage accidents
How Can I Recover Compensation?
The law requires property owners in Maryland to maintain their grounds. This is so that they cannot become hazardous and cause harm to individuals. In cases of hotels, this can be ensured by conducting routine inspections of the grounds. This allows management and staff to be aware of hazards as they arise so they can be fixed in a timely manner. If they fail to do so, it can result in guests suffering from significant physical, emotional, and financial damages. That is why injured parties can pursue legal action through a personal injury claim.
To have a successful case, the injured party is required to prove negligence occurred and was the direct cause of the injuries. This can be done with evidence that shows the property owner knew about the hazard, or should have known, and did not fix it. Evidence that can help a case can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, video of the accident, witnesses, and more.
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The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland who need legal assistance for criminal defense or personal injury matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.