In a Personal Injury Claim Can a Hotel Be Liable?
In a Personal Injury Claim Can a Hotel Be Liable? Basically yes, hotels can be held liable in a personal injury claim. Here’s a brief post about why, examples, and what you can do to claim.
Hotels are essentially responsible for the welfare of hotel guests; it’s what you pay for when you expect the service. This responsibility extends to any negligent acts of hotel employees.
A hotel has a duty to exercise care in operating its business and protecting guests. So having a personal injury caused by a hotel’s negligence is not an uncommon incident.
There are many stories online of guests witnessing negligent examples of hotels. You can search via a search engine. For example, hotel inspectors labelled the New Kimberley Hotel in Blackpool a “death trap”. They found it with ‘caved in ceilings, disabled smoke alarms and blocked fire exits’.
2 years ago Wolverhampton Crown Court jailed Manjit Takhar after his hotel posed risks of injury or death to guests. The risks included a blocked fire exit, obstructions on a landing, and faulty fire alarms installed.
If you don’t want to risk injury or death then take a visit to Trip Advisor. Check to see if your hotel has any bad reviews in substantial volumes before booking!
Have you suffered an injury at a hotel while staying as a guest?
If you do suffer a personal injury while at a hotel you have the right to take the matter further. In order to hold a hotel responsible for injury you’ll need to establish that the hotel breached its duty of care. This has to be while staying as a guest on its premises.
Any hotel must inspect its grounds and maintain the internal property in a reasonably safe condition. The typical sort of issues that you may face include leaky pipes, theft, poor lighting, insect infestation, a faulty or ill-marked step, falling plaster or masonry, or a raised carpet.
If a hotel fails to inspect the premises, or fails to warn hotel guests of a dangerous condition, it is in breach of its duty.
Also, under a legal concept acknowledged as “vicarious liability,” a hotel can be liable for the negative actions of employees. Even if the hotel did not sanction action, was unaware, or did not have direct control over the employee at the time of the incident.
If you believe you have a personal injury caused by your stay, contact us and we will discuss your case in more detail. Just bear in mind that in all cases of negligence, the hotel must be reasonably responsible for the claimant’s injury. For example, if you slip on a drink that you have dropped in your hotel room, that is not the hotel’s fault.