Hazards in a Hotel
A hotel is a place in which you are supposed to be comfortable. It is designed to be your home away from home for a short time. Even if you have high standards for hotels, cleanliness and safety should be expected for all of them.
Sadly, not all hotels are kept up to these standards. Carpets may be frayed, floor tiles could be chipped and cracked, and showers and bathtubs may not be safeguarded to prevent slips and falls.
Anyone who has been injured in a slip-and-fall accident knows the sudden, devastating impact the incident can have on everyday life. The victim is left to cope with the pain, frequent doctor’s visits, hospital stays, rehab and the decreased earnings that come with lost work time.
About Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Hilton Hotels & Resorts runs an international chain of hotels and resorts. Hilton operates more than 540 hotels and has more than 300,000 employees.
Like any business, Hilton and other hotel and resort operators have a responsibility to ensure safe, well maintained lobbies, hallways, rooms, parking lots, sidewalks and other public areas. If you encounter a problem during your stay, you should receive a quick response from maintenance, housekeeping and other hotel staff. Safety issues are not acceptable and should not be put off or ignored.
Federal regulations require all businesses to set and use safety procedures, especially those that house customers or guests, and it’s in the best interest of the hotel company’s bottom line to maintain a clean, safe environment.
Slip-and-fall hazards at a Hilton hotel could include:
- Ripped, torn, frayed or damaged carpeting, rugs and floors in the guest rooms, hallways, lobby, vending areas, laundry areas, pool, restaurant and other public areas in the hotel
- Unsafe bathtubs or showers
- A lack of bathmats to keep the bathroom floor from becoming slippery
- Poorly constructed or damaged furniture
- Housekeeping items presenting obstacles in hallways
- Failure to remove snow, ice and excessive water from parking lot and other outdoor areas
- Failure to ensure lobby and other tile floors are dry and free of debris
- Food or drink spills
A Real Life Case
A man filed a lawsuit against Hilton New Orleans Corp., alleging that he tripped and fell on metal piping in the parking garage at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. The man argued that the hotel created a hazard in the garage and, as a result, should be held liable for his injuries. The company argued that the railing attached to the pipe in question had been there for some time, was large and was painted yellow. As a result, Hilton said the man “saw the railing” and they were not liable for his injuries.
Hilton was granted a summary judgment by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The court ruled that the “defendant had no duty to warn of the obstruction presented to pedestrians by the bright yellow railing.”
If you are considering filing a claim against Hilton Hotels, you may want to take a look at our page about filing a claim against the company:
How to Settle Your Claim Against Hilton
After you file a personal injury claim against Hilton after you slipped and fell in one of their hotels, you could receive a settlement that could pay for damages that resulted in the fall. What goes into determining in slip and fall settlement are negligence, liability and the freedom of fault from you the plaintiff.
You are able to negotiate damages in your settlement against Hilton, damages that could be included in your settlement include medical bills related to your accident, lost wages and any future expenses you may need that resulted from the injuries you suffered from the fall.
You may want to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney before settling with Hilton. Your lawyer will be able to advise you when to settle and if the offer that Hilton gives you is fair or not.
Speak with an Attorney Today
Hilton is a large company with high-priced lawyers who are experts in defending personal injury claims. However, slip and fall victims should not let that get in the way of seeking compensation for their injuries. Immediately contact an experienced personal injury lawyer if you feel you deserve compensation for your injuries. A lawyer will help you through the claims process and, in many cases, may agree not to be paid unless you win your case.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Hilton, you may not be entitled to any compensation.