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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 of care to make their property safe for their guests and patrons. Unfortunately, injuries occur at hotels and motels in a variety of ways (slip and falls, etc.) and when the injury is caused by a breach of that duty of care that is when the hotel or motel should be held responsible for its negligent behavior.
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Hotel Injury Claims Are Based Upon Premises Liability Law
Hotel liability claims and 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 the property safe from known dangerous conditions; conditions they knew or should have known were dangerous. Failure to maintain the property in a safe condition entitles the injured party to file a claim for negligence with the hotel or motel or its insurance company. 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.
Read (On our injury blog): Do You Have To Return To Florida To Pursue Your Hotel Negligence Claim?
Why Alan Sackrin and Why Can He Call Himself a Hotel Injury Lawyer?
Alan Sackrin is a Board Certified civil trial lawyer with over 40 years of experience pursuing personal injury cases. Over that time, Alan has filed over 750 lawsuits and has obtained over 100 jury verdicts. Alan has represented many local and out-of-state clients in all types of negligence-related claims against hotels and motels throughout the State of Florida.
Alan Can Help With Any of These 16 Common Hotel Injury Claims
Here is a list of 16 common hotel injury and accident issues which are the basis for most hotel-related personal injury lawsuits, including:
- Slip and Falls in hotel and motel common elements, at the pool, health club, bath and shower, lobby, spa. Missing or damaged floor mats, and lighting issues, contribute to these claims.
- 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 hotel’s 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
- Broken Furniture – broken chairs or other commonly used furniture are often the basis for hotel negligence claims.
- Step & Stairway Accidents – Steps and stairways are often the scenes of many slip and fall accidents. It is the responsibility of the hotel to provide adequate lighting in stairways and prevent an 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 – Heat and chlorine burns in places like 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 and their chlorine levels.
Hotel Injury Settlement Values*
- Average Ankle Injury Settlement Caused by a Hotel Slip and Fall (w/ surgery): $175,000.00
- Average Ankle Injury Settlement Caused by a Hotel Slip and Fall (w/o surgery): $45,000.00
- Average Wrist Injury Settlement Caused by Slip and Fall (w/ surgery): $125,000.00
- Average Wrist Injury Settlement Caused by Slip and Fall (w/o surgery): $31,000.00
- Average Herniated or Bulging Disc Settlement (w/ surgery): $200,000.00
- Average Herniated or Bulging Disc Settlement (w/o surgery): $50,000.00
- Average Shoulder Injury Settlement (w/ surgery): $150,000.00
- Average Shoulder Injury Settlement (w/ surgery): $37,000.00
- Average Significant Sprain and/or Strain Settlement From a Slip and Fall: $20,000.00
- Average Chlorine burn from a hotel jacuzzi or pool Settlement: $40,000.00
- Average Significant Scarring caused by a hotel shower or bathtub slip and fall: $35,000.00
- Average Hotel Negligence Settlement (injuries from broken furniture, etc.): $40,000.00
- Average Slip and Fall Settlement: $40,000.00
Read: Attorney Fees Are Negotiable
Representing clients who have been injured in hotels and motels throughout South Florida, including the Diplomat in Hollywood, The Loews on Miami Beach, the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, and many other hotels and motels in the tri-county area.
Read (From our injury blog):
- Hotel Shower and Bathroom Slip and Falls
- Reasons To Sue A Hotel For Negligence
- How to Prove a Slip and Fall Claim at Disney World (Updated 2022)
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*These are average hotel injury settlement values: some cases will settle for a lot more and some for less. Also, the average does not include an amount for property damage reimbursement, if any. My opinion of value is based upon the large number of cases I have settled or won at trial during my 39+ years as a personal injury lawyer, my review of jury verdict reporters, industry trade publications, including claim reports from large insurance companies, as well as talking with other personal injury lawyers whose opinion I respect.
My estimate is for illustrative purposes only and should not be relied upon as each case is unique and each case should be evaluated on its own merits.