Whether it may be for business or pleasure, there are many people who travel to Baldwin County in Alabama. When they do, these individuals typically stay in various hotels throughout the county. Hotel guests rarely ever consider the thought of being involved in an accident during their stay. However, hotel accidents are more common than most people know. When these accidents happen they often cause serious injuries that can impact a person for the rest of their life. It is because of this that it is important to retain the services of an experienced Baldwin County personal injury attorney for assistance building a case.
What are Common Causes of Hotel Accidents?
Most hotels offer a variety of amenities to keep their guests happy and entertained during their stay. There are usually simple necessities such as stairwells, escalators, and elevators. Many of them also provide higher-end luxuries such as pools, gyms, spas, bars, and restaurants. If these are not properly taken care of by those whose job it is to do so, they can become dangerous to guests who utilize them. Common examples of hotel accidents seen can include:
- Defective furniture
- Food poisoning
- Hot tub accidents
- Inadequate security
- Swimming pool accidents
- Escalator accidents
- Elevator accidents
- Gym equipment accidents
- Unsanitary conditions, such as bed bugs
- Parking lot/garage accidents
Proving Negligence and Recovering Compensation
The owner of a hotel and the staff they employ are legally obligated to ensure that their guests are safe throughout the duration of their stay. This is simply done by maintaining the grounds to ensure that the premises does not endanger anyone. If they fail to do so and an accident happens as a result, those who are injured can hold the negligent party liable for negligence. This can be done by filing a personal injury claim.
During this time, the injured party is required to prove the property owner or staff was negligent. This can be accomplished by satisfying the burden of proof with evidence that shows the negligent party knew about the hazard that caused the injuries and failed to rectify the situation. Evidence that can be helpful to have in court can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, any video of the accident, witness testimonies, and more. If the injured party is successful, they may be able to recover compensation to cover the cost of medical bills, in-home care, and more.
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