A stay in a hotel is usually a pleasant experience and one that is very enjoyable indeed. You will be able to make the most of the hotel facilities, both in your room or suite and elsewhere in the hotel. Of course you wouldn’t expect anything to go wrong while you are at the hotel, and certainly not hotel bathroom accidents of any kind. Unfortunately some people do suffer such accidents each year.
While these accidents are isolated, they are among the more common examples of things that can happen during a hotel stay. Slips and falls inside a shower cubicle or in the bath can easily happen. If no rubber mat is provided to ensure you are safe to stand in the bath or shower, this could be negligent in the eyes of the law.
Hotel bathrooms usually have a tiled floor or a linoleum floor of a hard-wearing kind. This makes the floors easy to clean when the rooms are being turned around for the next guests to use. However, you would not expect the floor to be wet when you arrive in your hotel room. If this is the case and you slip over and hurt yourself as a result, you may have cause to make a claim.
In cases like these experts look at the evidence that may point to a charge of negligence being faced by the hotel owner. When a floor is cleaned it should be dry before anyone else goes in the bathroom. You wouldn’t expect it to be wet or slippery, so there is potentially a higher chance of experiencing an accident.
A duty of care
The most important thing to remember is that the hotel owner has a duty of care to meet. This means they must make sure all potential hazards are dealt with so they are no longer hazardous. The rooms and surroundings should be safe in every way and there should be no chance of any guest being hurt.
If this was not the case for you and you were injured as a result, you could have a reasonable chance of bringing a no win, no fee* claim against the hotel owner. To find out more, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. This means you can speak to one of our experts who will provide you with no-obligation advice.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen