Common slip-and-fall hazards in hotels

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2022 | Injuries, Personal Injury

Every hotel and resort has an obligation to ensure a safe and comfortable stay for each guest. The last thing you want is to experience a catastrophic slip-and-fall injury during an important trip or a family vacation.

Keep in mind that hotel staff is not responsible for hazards that they do not have time or opportunity to correct. That said, you have the right to pursue compensation for slip-and-falls that occur due to blatant negligence on the hotel’s part.

Cleaning negligence

Hard flooring is always slippery after mopping or waxing, so cleaning personnel must always place a wet floor sign to warn guests of the danger. Failure to do so will almost certainly result in a fall for which the staff is completely liable. Similarly, failing to clean up water that guests track away from the hotel pool can also be an act of negligence.

Weather conditions

During rain and snow, the hotel staff must be particularly diligent in keeping the entryways dry. The hotel is also responsible for slip-and-falls that occur outside the building as well, so employees must scatter salt during icy weather to keep the sidewalks safe.

Flooring hazards

Upturned carpets, unsecured rugs, and uneven paneling are all examples of poor floor maintenance that can lead to a nasty fall. Neglecting to inspect stairwells for unsafe conditions on the steps can result in even more severe falls.

Hotels are large structures that see a lot of traffic every day. With so many guests making themselves at home, it is not difficult to imagine how slip-and-fall injuries might be a common occurrence.


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