New York City Personal Injury Law Blog
Hotel Accidents and Personal Injury Claims
Posted on Jun 15, 2016 in Personal Injury
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2009and 2013, fire departments in the United States responded to an estimated average of 3,520 structure fires each year at hotel or motel properties, representing 1% of all structure fires.
These fires caused average losses of 120 civilian injuries, 9 civilian deaths, and $84 million in direct property damage each year. According to poolsafely.gov, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death for children aged between 1 and 4. 77% of emergency department (ED) -treated non-fatal pool or spa drowning injuries from 2013 to 2015 involved children aged below 5.
Common Hotel Accident Injuries
Despite regular inspections by management and strict staff supervision, there are times when hotel accidents and other unpleasant incidents occur. When such incidents occur, it can result in injury to hotel guests.
Some common causes of injuries in hotel accidents include:
- Swimming pools – These are extremely dangerous areas. When the perimeter area of a swimming pool is too smooth, a guest can fall easily. Since, the surface is made of pure concrete, a guest can suffer serious or grievous injuries such as head trauma and broken bones. Steps that are not marked properly in a hotel pool can cause a guest to lose their footing.
- Slips, trips, and falls – Slips, trips, and falls occur frequently when the flooring in a hotel is not even. Worn carpeting and cracked flooring can result in a guest catching a toe or heel, often leading them to fall face first onto the ground. Bunche rubber matting at hotel entries and exits can also lead to falls or stumbles on to glass or wooden doors.
- Burns – Burns can be caused by fires, hot irons or hot water. When hotels set the hot water thermostats way too high, it can lead to scalding boiling hot water on guests, which then result in first- or second-degree burns. Irons with faulty switches or gauges can burn gusts’ hands and cause scarring.
- Food poisoning– When a hotel serves undercooked food or leaves food items unrefrigerated, it can poison guests. Unsanitary kitchen conditions, improperly washed, and sterilized utensils and employee with unclean hands can transfer bacteria to guests and cause illness.
Hotel Negligence and Liability
Hotels have a high legal duty of care to make sure that they do everything reasonably possible to make their premises safe and secure for their guests, and to make sure that hotel accidents are prevented wherever and whenever possible.
If a hotel is negligent and causes a guest to suffer injury, it can be held liable and the guest can file a personal injury lawsuit.
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If you or a loved one has suffered injury due to a hotel’s negligence, you should seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff,& Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.
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