If you suffer an electric shock in a hotel room, are you entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim? It’s a question well worth considering. After all, nothing will put a dampener on a holiday like suffering a serious injury. Especially if it wasn’t your fault.
Whilst some financial compensation cannot eliminate the ruined holiday, it can go some way to easing the burden. Therefore, it’s useful to know where you stand.
I’ve suffered an electric shock in a hotel room, what are my rights?
Your eligibility to claim for an accident on holiday in a hotel room is dependent on a number of factors. For instance, you need to look at the nature of the accident.
In order for a holiday injury compensation claim to be successful, the accident needs to have been caused by someone else. Alternatively, accidents due to negligence also fall into the personal injury claims pool. It’s the latter that’s most likely to be relevant in cases of suffering an electric shock in a hotel room. In most instances, the accident will have been caused either by faulty wiring or a malfunctioning electrical product.
Hotel management has a legal obligation towards the health and safety of their visitors. Ensuring that all appliances are safe to use is a cornerstone of this obligation.
Hotel owners and staff are responsible for two main things when it comes to safety in the hotel.
- Eliminating hazards before people arrive. This usually refers to structural elements such as even flooring, banisters on stairs etc.
- Dealing with hazards as and when they appear. This needs to be done in a quick and efficient manner. This usually refers to things like liquid spills, when a warning sign should be placed and the spill cleaned up.
Making a claim
If you suffer an electric shock from an appliance in your hotel room, it’s pretty obvious that the hotel has been negligent. Fridges, televisions, irons etc. should be regularly inspected to ensure that they are in good working order.
If these inspections are not done, or if something is missed, and you are injured as a result, the hotel is liable.
So, if you have suffered an electric shock in a hotel room, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today. You can talk to our expert advisors in a no-obligation consultation on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 5, 2017
Author: Accident Advice