I fell at a hotel I was staying at. I think the hotel is responsible for my injury, but how do I know?
Not every fall is the fault of a business or property owner, but it definitely can be when grounds aren’t taken care of. When a hotel or resort acts negligent, careless, and fails to maintain its grounds, the hotel may be liable for falls that occur as a result.
It may be difficult to determine if the hotel is responsible for your slip and fall injury in the immediate aftermath of your accident, but here are some factors that will help you determine liability:
- Did the hotel have control over the situation? For example, did the fall occur at the pool where a guest created a huge splash that caused the sidewalk to become wet and slippery just as you were walking by? Or did your fall occur as a result of an employee’s actions? Generally, hotels are responsible for the actions of their employees but not of guests; however, they could be liable if they didn’t clean up the slippery condition or post caution signs in a timely manner.
- Did a hotel employee know about the dangerous condition that led to your slip and fall accident? If so, was there time to repair the hazard or warn guests about it? If the hotel knew about the hazard and had time to correct it but didn’t, then they may be responsible for your slip and fall injury.
In slip and fall accident cases, it is best to work with an attorney. A lawyer knows how to investigate this type of accident and how to strengthen your claim. To talk about your case in more detail, contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld today at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 for a free consultation with a skilled Florida slip and fall lawyer today.