Philadelphia is one of the largest cities in the U.S. People from all over the country and the world visit Philadelphia to experience the city, its history and its food. There are over 100 hotels and motels within Philadelphia city limits. These hotels cater to many out of towners as well as business people.
The vast majority of people who stay in the city’s hotels come and go without any issues. But some will suffer injury due to a hotel’s negligence, and when serious injuries result, there may be many medical bills and significant lost wages.
Under Pennsylvania law, a person who is injured due to the negligence of another person or business like a hotel, bar, restaurant, etc. is entitled to make a claim against the responsible party for all damages which result from the negligent act.
The number one cause of hotel slip and fall accidents is liquid or food left on a walkway, stairway or lobby area. The liquid could be from a leak in the roof or spilled soda.
Not every case of liquid or food left on a walkway translates into a viable slip and fall case. There must be evidence of the hotel’s negligence, i.e., evidence that the hotel knew or should have known about the defect. Such evidence can include:
- the incident report,
- video footage,
- maintenance schedules/routines,
- prior complaints, and
- eyewitness testimony.
In addition, other parties may be liable for a slip and fall type incident at a hotel. For instance, the bar or restaurant within the hotel may be liable, or other parties such as a maintenance company may be liable. Each hotel accident case is unique and proving negligence effectively requires being represented by an aggressive, thorough lawyer.
Related Legal Articles:
- What Happens in a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accident Lawsuit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Philadelphia Hotel, Bar & Restaurant Liability for Slip and Fall, Trip and Fall or Fall Down Accidents
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Published: June 14, 2012