Staying in a hotel, whether you’re travelling on business or on holiday, should be a relaxing experience. You might be staying in a city centre hotel which offers room service and has its own spa, or a country house hotel with its own golf course. Accidents could happen at any hotel, at any time, often when you least expect it. But the good news is that if you have been injured whilst staying at a hotel, there is something you can do about it. You could contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you’re eligible to claim personal injury compensation, within three years of your accident.
What injuries could you sustain in a hotel?
Hotel accidents are not uncommon, but that’s not to say that hotels are dangerous places. Most hotels are safe, comfortable places where you can unwind and enjoy a relaxing stay. But injuries you could sustain in a hotel could range from minor to serious, and if you are seriously injured, it could ruin your holiday. Here are a few examples of the types of injuries that could affect you if you’re involved in a hotel accident:
- Slip, trip or fall injuries – slipping on a wet floor, tripping down damaged stairs or falling downstairs due to a broken bannister could lead to broken bones, cuts and bruises or even a head injury
- Food poisoning after eating in the hotel restaurants
- Scalds/burns after a waiter spills hot food or drink on you
- Lacerations or cuts from sharp objects such as a damaged chair in your room or a broken glass in the restaurant
- Allergic reaction or skin condition caused by unhygienic environment (such as unwashed bedding)
- Injuries caused in the hotel hair salon or beauty salon, such as an allergic reaction or chemical burns
- Injured in the hotel gym by faulty equipment
Claiming compensation for your injuries
The first thing you should do after suffering an injury is to report it to the hotel management, who will record it in their accident book. Once you’re on the road to recovery, you should consider calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you could make a personal injury claim. Because our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, our services are affordable to everyone, and you can call us for confidential advice. There’s no obligation to proceed, and it’s free to call.
Date Published: March 29, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton