Florida is a prime vacation spot. As a result, many visitors from both in and out of state will find themselves staying in hotels this summer. While hotels are often a relaxing reprieve from the stress of traveling, they can be incredibly dangerous if not properly maintained at all times. Read on to learn more about hotel accidents in Florida.
Common Causes of Hotel Accidents
Hotels usually have amenities. These amenities may include gyms, pools, spas, bars, restaurants, and more. While these amenities make your stay more enjoyable, they can also make it much more dangerous. Some of the most common hotel accidents are due to:
- 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
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
The law requires property owners in Florida to maintain their grounds so they cannot cause harm to others who come onto them. At a hotel, this can be done by management and staff conducting routine inspections of the entire grounds to fix any hazardous situations as they arise. The failure to do so is considered negligence and can cause guests to suffer from significant physical, emotional, and financial damages. That is why injured parties can pursue legal action through a personal injury claim. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof of this negligence. In order to do so, there are some important steps to take:
- Document the scene
- Be sure to take photos and videos at the scene of the accident
- Obtain witness contacts
- If someone saw your accident occur, ask for their contact information
- Seek medical attention
- You should go to the hospital immediately after your accident. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Be sure to ask for a copy of any relevant medical documents before leaving.
If you have been injured in a hotel accident in Florida, you will need the help of an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney. Contact our firm to discuss your case.
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Here at Manuel & Thompson, P.A., we understand the potentially devastating effect that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family, which is why we are dedicated to helping all those who’ve been injured due to no fault of their own. Our firm also proudly handles insurance disputes, hurricane claims, fire loss claims, commercial litigation, and construction law matters. To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.