Millions of Americans stay in hotels each year. When they do, they should not have to worry about being harmed due to the careless or negligent actions of hotel owners or staff. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are here to help when you need a Philadelphia hotel accident attorney. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will get to work investigating all aspects of the incident so we can secure the compensation you deserve. We will ensure you are treated fairly throughout this process.
What injuries can happen at a hotel?
Hotels can be held liable for injuries that happen to guests as well as the negligent acts of hotel employees. These cases are considered premises liability cases. Like other property owners, hotel owners have a general duty to ensure their guests are safe from foreseeable dangers. Hotel guests are considered invitees under Pennsylvania premises liability law.
This means that hotel workers must regularly inspect and maintain their premises to provide a reasonably safe property. This includes repairing any dangerous conditions that may arise and take steps to warn guests of hazards that are present and have not been repaired. Some of the most common duties a hotel owes guests include:
- Ensuring there is adequate lighting
- Keeping steps dry
- Repairing hotel defects
- Controlling insect infestations
- Ensuring there is adequate security present
- Ensuring door locks work properly
- Properly training hotel staff
- Exercising reasonable care when hiring employees
- Maintaining stairs and elevators
- Properly securing pools and hot tubs
Some of the most common injuries that occur on hotel premises arise from slip and fall incidents. These injuries can lead to serious injuries, including broken or dislocated bones, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and more.
Can a hotel be held liable for an employee’s actions?
If a hotel employee acts “outside of the scope of their employment,” the hotel may still be liable for damages they cause. This is known as the legal theory of “vicarious liability,” meaning the hotel could be held responsible even if they did not sanction the employee’s actions or did not have direct control of the employee at the time of the incident. This could cover incidents like an employee assaulting a hotel guest.
How can we help this case move forward?
If you or someone you love has been injured in an incident at a hotel that was caused by the careless or negligent actions of another person, please seek legal assistance today. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are ready to get to work on your case. We know that you need compensation for what has happened, so let us get our investigation started. We want to secure:
- Coverage of your medical bills related to the incident
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Mental anguish damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the negligent party