Hotel rooms are not exactly a home away from home but they will usually be very nice indeed to stay in. Obviously they are usually star-rated so some will be better than others. However, regardless of whether you are staying in a budget hotel or a top-class hotel you would expect the service and the surroundings to be safe and pleasant.
Unfortunately while this is usually the case, hotel room accidents may have the potential to crop up in some circumstances. The room should be in good order and be perfectly safe to stay in. There should be no potential hazards that could cause an accident to occur. If the hotel is negligent in some way and a room is rented out that is not in adequate condition, there may be a higher potential chance of hotel room accidents occurring.
What can happen in these circumstances?
Sometimes there could be a freak accident, such as one that occurred in America a few years ago when two people leaned against a window and it cracked and smashed, sending them into a freefall to the ground below. Only one of them survived. Most accidents in hotel rooms are very minor in nature but they can still be potentially avoided if health and safety issues are adhered to at all times.
For example the bed should be in good condition, as should the rest of the furniture. If you were to sit in a chair (or on the bed) and it collapsed, sending you onto the floor, you may hurt yourself in the process. This could turn out to be due to a lack of health and safety and negligence on the part of the hotel owner.
Recovering from your injuries
Injuries sustained in hotel room accidents can vary depending on the nature of the accident you experience. As such it may only involve some localised pain for a day or two before it subsides and everything returns to normal. On the other hand it could leave you with injuries that take weeks or months to recover from.
Whatever situation you have been in, it is a good idea to make sure you contact Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible. You can call us on 0800 689 0500 to speak with a friendly advisor about your accident to see if you can claim any compensation as a result.
Date Published: July 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen