Orlando Hotel Accident Attorneys
When we check into a hotel, we do so with the expectation that the property is secure and that the accommodations are free from hazardous conditions that could cause harm. When a hotel fails to meet those basic standards and a guest is injured as a result, the hotel may be held liable for the physical injuries and emotional trauma suffered by the victim.
At Bailey Fisher, we understand how traumatic it can be to be involved in an injury accident while away from home during what should be a happy, relaxing vacation. If you or a family member has been injured due to someone else’s negligence while staying at a hotel, we want to help you hold the party whose negligent or wrongful conduct resulted in your injuries accountable and ensure that you are fully and fairly compensated for both your physical injuries and emotional suffering.
Types of Hotel Accidents
Ideally, a hotel stay should feel like a relaxing version of your home away from home. It should feel comfortable and inviting, with a dash of magic and indulgence, while also ensuring that necessities are conveniently located or just a phone call away. Most importantly, a hotel should be properly constructed, maintained, and managed to keep guests safe during their stay.
What happens, though, when a hotel is not properly constructed or maintained? What happens if there is a lapse in security, or management fails to respond to threats or hazards in a timely manner? Unfortunately, these are the conditions that often result in injuries to hotel guests.
The exact circumstances leading up to a hotel accident can be wide-ranging; however, some common examples of hotel accidents include:
- Slips or trips and falls caused by faulty construction or failure to properly maintain stairs, walkways or other areas of the property. Showers and pool areas are also common locations for injuries when not properly constructed and/or maintained.
- Burn injuries from fires caused by negligent maintenance of the electrical system or a variety of other causes.
- Physical assault from an impaired guest that security has not removed or even a hotel employee whose background was not properly investigated or from someone attempting to commit a theft or other crime on or around the hotel property
- Sexual assault that was made possible by inadequate security.
- Food poisoning caused by unsanitary conditions in the hotel’s restaurant
- Drowning injuries made possible by lack of supervision at the pool or hot tub.
When Is a Hotel Liable for Injuries?
When a hotel guest is injured, the hotel may be held liable for those injuries under the theory of premises liability. Specifically, premises liability law imposes a duty on property owners to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition so as to keep visitors to the property safe.
The extent of the duty owed to a visitor is determined by the visitor’s classification as an invitee, licensee, or trespasser, with the highest duty owed to an invitee. In Florida, a hotel guest is classified as an invitee, meaning that a property owner must keep the property in a safe condition and repair, or provide notice of, any known dangers on the premises. A property owner is even potentially liable for injuries stemming from a dangerous condition that the owner should have known about, yet did not.
Compensation in an Orlando Hotel Accident
If a hotel’s negligent or wrongful conduct was a contributing factor in your accident, the hotel may be held liable for your economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are direct expenses incurred because of the accident and typically include things such as lost wages, hospital and doctor bills, and the cost to replace or repair damaged property. Non-economic damages address the emotional trauma you suffered as a result of the accident and encompass compensation for permanent disability, disfigurement, blindness, loss of a limb, paralysis, trauma, pain and suffering.
Get Help from Experienced Orlando Hotel Accident Attorneys
The hotel accident attorneys at Bailey Fisher are experienced in helping guests who were injured while staying at a hotel and in other personal injury cases. We bring a wealth of experience and strong sense of commitment to helping people who have suffered serious, often life-changing injuries due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured while a guest at a hotel, we want to help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence and obtain the compensation you deserve.
Call us at 407-628-2929 or submit our online form today. One of our experienced Orlando hotel accident attorneys will listen to what happened and advise you on your best course of action for free. For viable personal injury cases, we will follow up with the necessary legal action to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence and recover the financial compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, and losses.