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When hospitality becomes hostile: Hotel premises liability

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Premises Liability

Hotels strive to provide a relaxing and enjoyable experience for guests. However, when the staff don’t properly maintain the facilities, the consequences can be severe injuries.

In Georgia, hotels have a legal duty to exercise ordinary care in keeping their premises reasonably safe. If you suffer injuries in a hotel within the state, it’s important to know what you can do in order to claim compensation for the damages you’ve suffered.

Common injury hazards in hotels

One of the most common incidents in hotels is slip and fall accidents caused by hazards. These hazards include:

  • Wet floors
  • Loose carpeting
  • Poor lighting
  • Cluttered hallways

If a hotel has a swimming pool, the following risks also apply:

  • Slippery pool decks
  • Lack of safety equipment
  • Inadequate supervision by a lifeguard

It’s part of the hotel management’s responsibility to address these hazards promptly and provide adequate warning signs when necessary. If staff fail to do so, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the establishment.

Seeking compensation for injuries suffered while in a hotel

According to Georgia law, property owners like hotels must use reasonable care to protect invitees from foreseeable dangers.

If you are injured due to a hotel’s failure to keep its premises reasonably safe, you may have grounds for a premises liability claim under law. This could allow recovery of damages like medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and more.

However, premises liability cases won’t immediately lead to compensation. The hotel could respond to a claim by taking the case to court, which could lead to a drawn-out legal dispute while you’re still suffering or recovering from your injuries. If this happens, you might need an ally. An attorney may be able to walk you through the entire legal process and represent you in court.

When you’ve suffered grievous injuries due to a slip and fall, the last thing you need is having to deal with a long and bitter dispute just to pay your medical bills. Having a legal professional on your side could take some of that difficulty off so you can focus on recovering.