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Slip, trip and fall hazards at hotels and resorts

On Behalf of | May 28, 2019 | Firm News

Staying at a motel, hotel or resort may seem like a routine occurrence. You check in, make yourself at home and hope to enjoy your stay. What happens if your getaway turns into an emergency?

Slip, trip and fall hazards are plentiful at hotels. Negligence by the property owner or staff may cause or contribute to many of these dangerous conditions. If you suffer an injury due to a slip, trip and fall accident, you may want to pursue compensation by filing a premises liability claim. Here are some common hazardous conditions that can cause you to fall at a resort.

Torn carpeting

A majority of hotels rely on carpeting for most of their flooring, especially in hallways and guest rooms. Carpet eventually wears down and requires replacement. If the hotel is negligent in replacing a carpet, the torn area may protrude and act as a tripping hazard.

Unsafe stairways and stairwells

You assume that taking the stairs at a hotel will be a safe experience. It is something you do without a second thought. This basic task can end in injury if there are unsafe conditions. For example, if there are no handrails, you may not be able to prevent yourself from falling. Poor lighting in a stairway can cause you to trip on a step or slip off of one.

Bathtubs and showers

While it may take you a second to figure out how to get the shower running properly in an unfamiliar hotel, you do not expect to get hurt while taking care of your personal hygiene. Unfortunately, this can happen, especially if there is no non-slip mat or tread in the tub.

Spills and mopping

Some areas of resorts have hard floors – usually the restaurant and gym. When the housekeeper mops a floor or someone spills something on it, you may slip and become injured. This is particularly possible if there is no wet floor sign.

You can learn about how Delaware state laws allow you to pursue a premises liability claim.