Summer is peak hotel season for large cities, like Philadelphia. People from all over the country and world visit Philadelphia and stay in hotels. Many who suffer accidents during a hotel stay are often confused about what to do afterwards.
There are 4 common types of accidents/incidents which may result in liability of a hotel, hotel bar or hotel restaurant:
- slip and fall accidents,
- trip and fall accidents,
- criminal activity, and
- alcohol/intoxication accidents.
Part 1 of this article will discuss the first two types of accidents/incidents which may occur at a hotel and tips on what an injured person should do. Click here for part 2 and a discussion of hotel criminal activity and hotel alcohol accidents.
Hotel Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are very common. Whether it’s a hallway, bathroom or hotel lobby, slip and fall accidents often occur due to the negligence of the hotel (hotel management company, hotel operating company, etc.). The three most common causes of slip and fall accidents are:
- water accumulation on the floor,
- excessively slippery floors, and
- mats used in inclement weather.
For example, a hotel guest may slip and fall in the pool area due to a maintenance error and use of the wrong floor cleaning material. Another example involves a hotel guest who slips on water leaking on the floor, near a water fountain or bathroom.
TIP: The single most important factor in a slip and fall accident case is documenting what caused the fall. If a large puddle of water which was leaking from the roof caused a slip and fall accident, the individual should be sure to obtain documentation of it. Whether it is an accident report filed with the hotel or taking a picture of the defect, documenting the thing that caused the accident is crucial to later help prove that the hotel was negligent.
Hotel Trip and Fall Accidents
Trip and fall accidents commonly occur on stairways and at entryways. Stairway accidents can be caused by wearing of slip resistant material, improper use of nosings, etc. Entryway accidents can be caused by threshold variations, improper placement of mats, etc. For example, a hotel guest may trip on a mat near an entryway or trip over a raised threshold between two rooms, i.e., between a hallway and a bathroom.
Like in a slip and fall accident case, it is crucial to document the mechanism of injury, or the thing which caused the accident. If a trip and fall accident was caused by worn carpet on the top of a stairwell, again, it should be documented in the accident report or otherwise photographed.
Related hotel accident liability articles:
- Philadelphia Hotel, Bar & Restaurant Liability for Slip and Fall, Trip and Fall or Fall Down Accidents
- Pennsylvania Hotel Accident Lawyer Tip – The One Thing You Must Do After a Hotel Accident
Philadelphia Hotel Liability Lawyers
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