When reserving a room at a hotel, you likely do not expect that you will depart from your hotel with a serious injury. Unfortunately, there are several ways that a patron at a hotel could be injured if the property owner is careless regarding safety protocols. However, you may have a claim against a hotel if you were injured while staying at their establishment. If you or a family member was seriously injured while staying at a Best Western hotel, contact an experienced Philadelphia hotel injury attorney immediately.
The Reiff Law Firm recognizes how an accident at a hotel can not only ruin your trip but can result in expensive medical bills and various other problems. Our firm is here to provide you with the aggressive legal representation that you need to hold a negligent hotel accountable for their actions. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940, or contact us online.
Common Hotel-Related Accidents
A hotel is supposed to be a venue of peace and relaxation for its visitors. This notion is shattered if a hotel patron is injured because the property owner neglected important safety issues for their property. For example, if you suffer an eye injury due to high chemical levels in the hotel pool, this is an issue that could have been avoided with proper maintenance. Unfortunately, some hotels will place profits over the comfort of their visitors.
The following is a list of hotel-related accidents that often occur in poorly operated hotels.
Hotel owners have a duty to ensure that their guests are safe from property hazards and on some occasions safe from assaults by other parties. For example, if a hotel has a poorly lit parking lot in an area where the crime rate is higher than average, this may encourage the commission of an assault.
Additionally, if a hotel fails to perform adequate background checks on its employees, they could hire an individual with a propensity for violence. If a patron was attacked by an employee or assaulted due to inadequate safety measures, a hotel could be held liable for their injuries.
Slip and Falls
Slip and fall accidents are when a person trips and suffers a serious injury due to property defects they were not advised about. For example, if a hotel had a stairwell that contained broken steps, an unsuspecting visitor could trip and sustain a head or back injury while traversing the steps.
A property owner has a duty to inform guests of property defects that are not obvious. Failure to do so could result in being held liable for injuries a patron sustained in a slip and fall. Slip and fall accidents can result in a number of injuries:
- Back or spine injuries
- Bone fractures
- Brain or head injuries
- Sprained or twisted ankles
This is not an exhaustive list. If you suffered a serious injury as a result of a slip and fall accident, you should contact an experienced attorney.
Many hotels will offer their guests a complimentary breakfast every morning. This is often a welcome amenity unless the food is improperly prepared. Visitors at hotels often do not suspect that their hotel did not use sufficient safety measures when preparing their food. As a result, these visitors may contract food poisoning.
Food poisoning can last for several days, and in some cases, could result in the development of other dangerous medical conditions. If you believe that your hotel was responsible for your bout of food poisoning, you should consider filing a claim against them.
Bed Bug Bites
Bed bugs are often an unfortunate part of staying at a hotel with unsanitary conditions. Bed bugs are reddish-brown insects that tend to infest the dark crevices of furniture like a bed. These insects will hide during sunlight hours and appear at night to drain blood from unsuspecting victims. Due to how tiny bed bugs are, a person can suffer dozens of bed bug bites from staying a single night at a hotel with an infestation.
On top of leaving a person with large welts, a bed bug bite may also cause a person to develop other healthcare conditions due to the transmission of parasites. You should always check your bed and furniture thoroughly before deciding to sleep at a hotel. Even one night in an infested room could lead to bed bugs infesting your luggage and clothes.
Contact Our Experienced Lawyers to Litigate Your Hotel Accident Claim
If you or a family member was injured at a Best Western hotel, consult with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer today. With decades of combined legal experience, the Reiff Law Firm is prepared to help you pursue the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940.