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Are hotels liable for injuries or crimes while I’m on vacation?

| Jan 27, 2020 | Premises Liability

You’ve checked into your hotel for your vacation. You’re excited to explore and have a fun time with your family. Then, something unimaginable happens. You become the victim of a crime or accident right at the hotel, the very place you thought you would be safe. What can you do?

Hotels have a duty to provide a safe environment for all their guests. This could mean equipping the property with measures such as security personnel or cameras, good lighting both outdoors and indoors, and signs warning of any dangerous areas.

A hotel can be found responsible of certain crimes or accidents if an incident is due to their negligence. Some examples include:

  • Slipping and falling on hotel property such as an icy walkway or on a pool deck that does not supply adequate signage
  • A robbery in a guest room or public area at the hotel, especially if the hotel is in a crime-heavy area and did not offer warning upon booking or check-in
  • Other more serious crimes such as assault, kidnapping, or shootings can be the hotel’s responsibility if caused by insufficient security and negligence

If a hotel was negligent in keeping their property safe for their guests, you may have grounds for pursuing a premises liability claim. A premises liability claim can help you receive compensation for medical costs, loss of income, and in extreme cases, even wrongful death.

No matter what, it’s important to take precautions and be wary of your surroundings, especially in new places such as hotels. You can ask the staff about crime in the area, report any burnt out light fixtures or slippery floors and always keep your doors locked. Take care of yourself – and your loved ones – and hopefully you will have a safe vacation.

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