Have you been affected by an accident in a hotel?
Whether you’re staying in a hotel because you’re on holiday or away on business, you’ll want to ensure that you avoid any unnecessary accidents and injuries. Although you may not give too much thought to staying safe in a hotel prior to arriving, it’s always important to consider your health and safety when staying somewhere new, and how you could become involved in an accident in a hotel. There are hazards lurking around every corner in hotels, although you may not spend much time thinking about them, and it’s up to the hotel management to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable stay. If you are injured and you feel that hotel staff could have done more to prevent your accident from happening, then you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings.
What types of injuries are common in an accident in a hotel?
If you’re affected by the types of accidents that could occur in a hotel, you could have sustained a range of different injuries. If the furniture in your room is damaged, for example, you could suffer an injury such as bruises or lacerations. Alternatively, if the bathroom floor is wet, you could slip and suffer a serious injury to your back or head, or even broken bones such as an ankle or wrist fracture.
Even tripping over torn carpeting or falling because of a damaged handrail could leave you with life-threatening injuries, so it’s important to be aware of how you could become involved in an accident in a hotel. Other common injuries which Accident Advice Helpline has handled claims for include:
- Food poisoning after eating in the hotel bar or restaurant (or ordering room service)
- Swimming pool injuries
- Injuries in the spa
- Electric shock from appliances or sockets in your room
If you have been injured by any of these things (or by anything else in a hotel) then you could find you are eligible to claim personal injury compensation. Provided somebody else was responsible and you sought medical attention for your injuries, you could be compensated not only for your pain and suffering but also for any financial losses you have suffered as a result of your accident.
Are you going to take legal action?
If you’ve suffered an injury that was caused by someone or something else, you could be eligible to take legal action. Although you’ll need to know more about claiming compensation for an accident in a hotel, making a personal injury claim doesn’t have to be difficult. Once you know who is liable for an accident at a hotel, you’ll know who was responsible for your injuries and we can help you to make a claim against them. There is a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, and bear in mind that you can claim for minor as well as more serious injuries. So if you have sprained your ankle after tripping on damaged carpet in the hotel dining room, you could be in line to receive a personal injury settlement for your pain and suffering.
Who is responsible for your accident in a hotel?
Generally speaking, hotel management accept responsibility for your safety whilst you are staying at their hotel. This means that they need to ensure standards are high and that you are not put at unnecessary risk. If you suffer from food poisoning after dining at the hotel or a nasty electric shock from a faulty TV or hairdryer in your room, the hotel manager could be held liable. It’s best to speak to them first to let them know about your accident and give them a chance to put things right, however remember that you are perfectly entitled to claim injury compensation if you have been injured and somebody else was to blame. If your claim is successful, the hotel’s public liability insurance will normally pay out to cover the cost of the claim, so there is no need to worry that you are leaving smaller establishments out of pocket if the worst happens and you are injured.
How can we help?
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 16 years’ experience in handling personal injury claims and we also have a team of in-house professionals who can assist you throughout the claims process. We specialise in personal injury law, so we don’t deal with any other area of the law, and our expert personal injury advisors are on hand offering confidential advice and answering any questions you may have about the claims process. Of course, you’ll need to have received medical treatment for injuries sustained from an accident in a hotel before you make your claim.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline now
If you’re recovering from injuries that could be sustained in an accident in a hotel and you want to find out more about making a claim, contact us now. Our personal injury advisors will be able to provide any assistance you need and we can also offer you free, no-obligation advice so you should find it easy to learn more about taking legal action. If you have taken time off work after your accident – for example if you broke your ankle or suffered a back injury and were unable to work for several weeks or months, you may worry about the cost of making a personal injury claim and think that this isn’t feasible. Our lawyers can assist you on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so you won’t even have to worry about the cost of making a claim for an accident in a hotel. Don’t risk missing out on your chance to obtain compensation for an accident that wasn’t your fault.
To find out more about claiming compensation for injuries that could be sustained from an accident in a hotel, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile.
Date Published: 31st July 2016
Author: Lynne Bell