What should I do if I slip and fall in a hotel?

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When you go on a trip, returning to a hotel after a fun day can be a welcomed experience. Whether traveling for work or with family, you may look forward to hopping into bed. However, before you have the opportunity, you may find yourself flat on your back in the middle of the hotel lobby. As the victim of a slip and fall in a hotel, understanding your rights is critical. Unfortunately, many are unaware they may be entitled to compensation with the help of slip and fall attorneys. The following blog explores what you must know about these matters.

How does a slip and fall in a hotel happen?

There are several reasons a guest at a hotel can slip and fall on the property.

Most commonly, these accidents because of wet spots on the floor. If staff is cleaning but does not warn guests of the dangers, someone walking can lose their footing. Additionally, if it is raining outside, those entering the hotel can track water in from their shoes, creating a hazard.

However, slips and falls can also occur because of objects or hazards on the floor. For example, wires improperly secured to the ground, improperly anchored carpeting, fallen signs, broken tiles, or missing stair treads can all cause guests to fall and become injured.

It’s also important to understand that hotels can be responsible for injuries that occur on the grounds of their premises outside of the actual building. If they do not clear snow and ice from walkways and someone slips and falls, the hotel can be held liable. Additionally, broken sidewalk slabs or uncleared hazards on walkways can cause guests to sustain injuries related to a slip and fall.

What should I do if I am hurt?

If you are hurt, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention for the injuries you’ve suffered. This includes calling 911 to request emergency medical technicians at the scene. Though you may think you can wait to see a doctor, receiving medical treatment as soon as possible is essential to treating your injuries and establishing medical care. Additionally, if you are traveling, you may not be able to see your primary care physician for a while.

Next, you should document the cause of the accident as thoroughly as possible. Take photos and videos, as this can provide valuable evidence if you want to pursue compensation.

Finally, you’ll want to file an incident report with the hotel. This ensures the accident has been documented. However, refrain from writing anything that can be twisted as assuming responsibility for the injuries you’ve endured. Be sure to request a copy of the report before leaving, as some hotels have been known to tamper with the statement to avoid liability.

When you are hurt on what is supposed to be a relaxing vacation because of another person’s negligence, ensuring you take the necessary steps to protect yourself and recover the compensation you deserve is critical. At Friedman Schuman, we understand how complex these matters can be, which is why we are dedicated to fighting for victims. Connect with us today to learn how we will fight for you.

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