Staying in any sort of hotel should be a pleasant and relaxing experience. For most people, this would certainly be the case. Yet for a small minority, they might remember their stay at a particular hotel because they tripped on a hotel hazard.
The majority of hotels offer an excellent service, whether they fall into the budget sector, the boutique hotel sector or any other sector. Whatever the price is that you pay for your room, you expect the hotel to at least offer a safe place to stay for a night or two. Trip hazards should never be present, not least because risk assessments are designed to highlight things like this so steps can be taken to avoid them cropping up at all.
Examples of possible hazards
A hotel carpet that has worn down and not been replaced could be a problem if it wears through enough for someone to catch their foot in it. Imagine if this happened on the stairs – you could easily trip up as a result.
Even if the floor itself is in good condition, there could be other trip hazards around that might cause problems. For example, all cables and wires should be properly attached to walls where needed. If this is not done, you could catch your foot in a loose wire simply by walking through the reception or along a corridor.
What steps should you take if you do trip?
Reporting the incident to hotel management would be a good idea initially. When this is done, make sure any injuries you have suffered will be recorded in the accident book. This means there is evidence of what happened and how badly you were hurt. Seek advice from a first aider if there is one on duty.
From that point on, you might also consider whether negligence was to blame for what happened. This can be challenging to figure out on your own, which is why the team at Accident Advice Helpline is always here to assist you and provide no-obligation advice. When you call on 0800 689 0500, you can determine whether one of our lawyers could help you make a claim on a no win, no fee basis. This means there’ll be no solicitors’ fees to worry about if your claim didn’t end up meeting with success. Why not learn more from us today?
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead