People go on vacation to relax and spend quality time with the people they love the most — all while taking in new sights and enjoying a break from the day-to-day grind. When a couple or a family decides they are going to go on a vacation, they spend time researching where they want to travel and they save money for the trip. Never does it enter someone’s mind that he or she may suffer an injury while on vacation.
Unfortunately, many people who travel away from home suffer injuries due to dangerous or slippery conditions at hotels and resorts. Some of these hazardous conditions include but are not limited to:
- Faulty flooring on hotel grounds causes a slip and fall accident
- Leaky conditions in a hotel room or common area causes a slip and fall accident
- Unsafe pool deck or diving board causes a slip and fall accident
- Spilled liquid in a hotel restaurant or gift shop that wasn’t cleaned up promptly
- Poor maintenance on hotel grounds causes a slip and fall accident
- Parking lot or parking garage dangers that causes a slip and fall accident
After your slip and fall accident, you need to ask yourself if you did anything to contribute to your fall, or if the resort or hotel was negligent in keeping up their grounds. If the hotel was negligent, you need to act quickly.
Your actions — or lack thereof — will affect the success of your slip and fall injury claim. This is why it is critical that you take pictures of the accident scene before the dangerous condition is repaired. Additionally, you will want to ask anyone who saw your fall for their contact information, in the case you need witnesses. When you report your slip and fall accident to a hotel employee, get that person’s full name. Also, seek medical treatment as soon as possible and follow the doctor’s orders — keeping documentation of all your medical care related to your injury.
It is important to note that if your slip and fall injury in Florida occurred at a resort, the hotel has lawyers ready to defend their side and will try to point the finger back at you for your injury. They do this to limit their liability so they won’t have to pay you for your injuries and damages. This is why it is critical that you also contact a lawyer in addition to taking the aforementioned steps.
With the help of an experienced attorney, you can prove the hotel was responsible for your slip and fall injury and strengthen your claim so you can recover money for your injuries and for your travel expenses and other damages. For a free legal consultation, contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld today at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 to speak with an experienced slip and fall lawyer in South Florida today.