Millions of visitors come to the state of Delaware each year. It is a very popular state for its beautiful beaches and exciting boardwalks. In order to accommodate tourists, there are many hotels throughout the state for guests to stay while they enjoy their time. When people stay at a hotel, they trust those running it to provide a safe stay for their guests while they are there. However, accidents can occur in a hotel if a certain standard of care is not met for the guests. Hotel owners and the staff they employ are required to administer routine inspections and follow safety protocol so that their visitors can be safe. If they fail to do this, guests can become injured as a result. If an individual is hurt due to hotel negligence, it is important to contact an experienced attorney to assist your case.
Types of Hotel Accidents
While away, guests sometimes spend a decent amount of time in the hotel. Because of this, offer several amenities in order to please their guests and keep them entertained during their stay. If a hotel owner or its staff do not keep up with the maintenance required to care for these amenities, things may go unnoticed and accidents can happen. There are several ways an accident can happen in a hotel. This may include:
- Stairwell accidents
- Elevator/escalator accidents
- Defective gym equipment
- Unsafe buildings and walkways
- Swimming pool accidents
- Food poisoning
- Inadequate security on the premises
All property owners are responsible for taking care of their property so that it is safe for people to be on. This responsibility is also true for hotels. The owners and staff are required to maintain proper conditions for the visitors who come to stay there. This requires them to repair or remove any hazards that may cause injuries to people. It also demands that they notify guests of any hazards that may be unfixed, train the hotel staff for all emergency and safety procedures, as well as hire proper security for the grounds. If these requirements are not met, the hotel and its staff may be held liable for any injuries that may happen due to their negligence.
When an injured individual wishes to hold a hotel accountable for their injuries, they have to prove that the owner was negligent and did not provide a safe environment on their premises. In order to do this, they must satisfy the “burden of proof.” The burden of proof calls for the individual to collect evidence that proves the hotel knew, or should have known about, the dangerous conditions that were present and did nothing to fix it. Evidence for a case may consist of medical documentation of the injury, security footage, pictures of the hazard, or any witnesses.
Contact our Firm
If you or someone you know was injured due to hotel negligence and wish to seek legal representation, contact Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C. today.
MW&M is comprised of an experienced team of attorneys focusing on legal matters of personal injury, workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, product liability, and wrongful death in Delaware. If you require an effective attorney to guide you through these difficult legal matters, contact MW&M today to schedule a free case evaluation.