Staying in a hotel as part of a holiday, outing or business trip is something a lot of us will do at some point. Many of us will have positive experiences and enjoy our time at the hotel. Sometimes, however, hotels may not be up to standard or negligence of the staff working there can cause injuries and falls.
Slipping hazards in hotels
Slipping on a hotel floor is something that can leave you with injuries and needing medical treatment. Hazards that can lead to slips are often wet and slippery floors. This could happen if a floor is polished or left wet after cleaning and no sign has been left out to warn people that it may be slippery. In this case a person might not know the floor has just been cleaned and may walk on it as they normally do and then fall because it is more slippery than usual. A puddle or liquid that has been left on the floor and not cleaned up can also cause slipping on a hotel floor. Liquids can be very slippery on certain surfaces and spills may be especially likely in areas that serve food and drink in hotels.
What caused your fall?
Did you fall in a hotel because of a slippery floor? If you did it may not have been your fault and it might have been down to negligence. Hotels should have cleaners who are aware of causing slippery floors with their cleaning process. Equally, the other staff in the hotel need to be aware that spills and liquids left on the floor can easily lead to slipping and must be addressed as soon as possible.
Areas such as hotel foyers may have additional hazards such as rain water as people enter the building from the outside. The hotel should have measures in place to deal with these hazards, such as providing matting for people to rub their wet shoes on before entering, being prepared to clean up frequently or put out signs to warn of the wet floors.
If you are injured because of a slippery floor that should have been dealt with by the hotel you may be able to claim compensation. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in claiming what you deserve and with our no win, no fee policy there are no fees to pay if your claim is not successful. Call us on our free helpline – 0800 689 0500 – to see what we can do for you.
Date Published: November 30, 2015
Author: Sarah Douglas