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Duty to Keep Hotel Guests Safe
People stay at hotels for a variety of reasons, including vacation, business, relocation and temporary housing. In Florida, hotel property owners have a duty to make their property safe for their guests and patrons. Unfortunately, injuries occur at hotels and motels in a variety of ways, including slip and falls and security issues, and when an accident occurs because there is a condition that is unsafe, the property owner may face a hotel liability lawsuit.
Premises Liability Claims
Hotel liability lawsuits in Florida are generally brought under the legal theory known as premises liability. Premises liability means that a property owner has a duty to keep property safe from known dangerous conditions. Failure to maintain the property in a safe condition entitles the injured party to file a premises liability claim for negligence against the hotel or motel. A premises liability claim is a type of personal injury claim, which means the injured party is able to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Why Alan Sackrin?
Alan Sackrin is a Board Certified trial lawyer with 30 years of experience pursuing personal injury cases. Alan is an experienced attorney who can help guide you through the judicial process. Alan represents injured guests and patrons against hotels and motels. If you have been injured while at hotel or motel, contact Alan as soon as possible due to time limitations on filing a lawsuit. Alan is available to speak with you by telephone at 954-458-8655 . You can also e-mail him through this web site to schedule a free initial consultation. He has a friendly and professional staff that is prepared to help you.
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Have You Been Hurt in a South Florida Hotel?
Here is a list of 15 common hotel injury and accident issues which are the basis for most hotel lawsuits, including:
- Slip and Falls in hotel and motel common elements, at the pool, health club, bath and shower, spa.
- Bed Bug Issues - hotels and motels have an obligation to their guests that their facilities are suitable for humans to occupy. Failure to inspect and safeguard hotel rooms against bed bugs is a breach of the warranty of habitability. Not only can guests be left with painful bed bug bites after a stay at an infested hotel, they can also unintentionally bring these pests back home with them.
- Assaults - Negligent or Inadequate Security – failure to patrol or have video surveillance in parking lots, neighborhood crimes, stairwells, lobbies and hallways - Failure to protect guests from harm caused by other guests or non-guests, patrons and staff - guests are often seen by criminals as easy targets, unfamiliar with their surroundings, often carrying cash and valuables instead of leaving them back at the hotel room. It is the hotels responsibility to provide a safe environment, including well lit parking garages and common areas as well as providing adequate security.
- Theft and Robbery - by staff, other guests and patrons
- Failure to meet ADA Standards and compliance
- Identity Theft – credit card theft
- Fitness Center Maintenance Negligence – failure to post or inadequate posting of rules and regulations - faulty equipment
- Food Illnesses – Food poisoning
- Pool Security and Swimming Accidents - When swimming pools and their surrounding areas are not properly supervised or maintained those conditions may lead to incidents ranging from minor slip and fall injuries to more serious events such as drowning.
- Inadequate lighting
- Step & Stariway Accidents - Steps and stairways are often the scene of many slip and fall accidents. It is the responsibility of the hotel to provide adequate lighting in stairways and prevent incident by properly maintaining these areas, especially during inclement weather.
- Parking Lot and Garage Falls and Injuries
- Elevator and Escalator injuries - Hotels have a duty to maintain the safety of their elevators and escalators. However, malfunctioning equipment and lapses in safety mechanisms occur frequently. Often leading to accidents involving clothing entanglements, elevator door malfunctions, falls from escalators/elevators, and inadequate safety measures.
- BURNS - Jacuzzis, bathrooms and kitchenettes can be the cause of severe burns to hotel guests. Hotels can easily prevent these types of injuries by monitoring their hot water thermostats.
Representing client who have injured in hotels and motels throughout South Florida, including the Diplomat in Hollywood, The Loews on Miami Beach, and the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, and many other hotels and motels in the tri-county area.
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