Nowadays, choices for overnight lodging abound in hotel categories such as upscale luxury, full service, boutique, select service, economy and extended stay. While motels are less common than they were sixty years ago, these small properties with direct access to individual rooms from the parking lot also compete for market share. Going on a vacation may be the most likely reason for staying in a hotel, but people need a place to stay for various other reasons, such as when traveling for business, when displaced from their home due to repairs or emergencies, and when visiting family or friends with limited space.
Hotels can offer fun, unique experiences. However, they can also be crowded and dangerous. Like other commercial property owners, hotel operators are legally required to keep their premises safe — including pools, stairways, lobbies, restaurants, bars, fitness facilities, gift shops, spas and other common areas, in addition to guest rooms. Some resorts and hotels may focus more on the amenities and services they offer — and not pay enough attention to the safety and well-being of their guests. Accidents and injuries from a variety of causes occur in hotels on a regular basis.
The first step is to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to determine whether you have a case, and the Johnson Law Firm can help. Since 1998, we have handled thousands of injury cases from our office in Pikeville. You can rely on our experience with the legal system and our commitment to our clients to help you get the best result possible under the circumstances.
The U.S. hotel lodging industry hosts a lot of visitors. The annual occupancy rate over the last decade hovers around 62 percent and every one of these guests have rights, the most important being that the hotel must keep the premises safe for them to enjoy. Each hotel has a duty to ensure the property is suitably maintained for guests of all ages – and it is young children that are often hurt because they cannot gauge that a dangerous condition exists.
Common types of claims for injuries caused by hotel negligence include:
- Wet, slippery surfaces
- Unsteady or broken furniture
- Unsafe pool conditions
- Broken or inadequate locks on hotel room doors
- Unsafe stairwells, balconies and hallways
- Dangerous conditions, such as obstacles or hazards left on the floor
- Insect infestations
- Insufficient security leading to criminal attacks
- Elevator and escalator accidents.
If a hotel is aware of poorly maintained areas, or any area needing improvement, they are obligated to conduct repairs. Lodging owners and operators are responsible for proper maintenance, security, hiring and training practices to ensure the safety of all guests.
No matter what type of accident or injury you have suffered, the hotel accident attorneys at the Johnson Law Firm can help. We understand the lasting impact of accidents on your health, your finances, and your emotional well-being. Following an injury, you’ll have decisions to make, beginning with the law firm that you’ll trust with your case. Our KY hotel injury lawyers have built a solid reputation for their caring approach and effective representation. Leave the legal matters to us and focus instead on your recovery, knowing that we will undertake a thorough investigation of the sequence of events leading to the accident and seek maximum compensation for you in settlement negotiations or at trial. We’re ready to help with a free initial consultation. Contact us by calling 606-433-0682 or filling out our online form.