Slip-and-Fall Injuries at a Holiday Inn
As a home-away-from-home, most people tend to expect a lot from a hotel. However, no matter what other amenities are offered, basic necessities like cleanliness, proper maintenance and safety should be the biggest concern for hotel owners, employees and guests.
Sadly, not all hotels are kept up to safety standards. Carpets become damaged by natural wear and tear, floor tiles deteriorate, and showers and bathtubs are not equipped to prevent slips and falls.
Slip-and-fall accidents can have a sudden, devastating effect on the lives of the victims and those closest to them. Often, these victims must cope with pain, frequent doctor’s visits, hospital stays, rehab and the decreased earning capacity that comes with lost work time.
If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident at a Holiday Inn, they may be responsible, and you could be entitled to compensation.
About Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn is a multi-national hotel chain under the auspices of the InterContinental Hotels Group. Holiday Inn operates 3,463 hotels globally and has headquarters in Atlanta, London and Rio de Janeiro. The company’s hotel brands also include Holiday Inn Express. Parent InterContinental Hotels Group had 7,797 employees in 2014.
Holiday Inn and other hotel chains are guest-centered businesses and have a responsibility to keep their guests safe. As such, they should strive to keep well-maintained:
- Parking lots
- Other public areas
If a guest suffers an injury, he or she should receive a quick response from Holiday Inn 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, including those that house customers. Of course, it is also in the best interest of Holiday Inn’s bottom line to maintain a clean, safe environment.
Slip-and-fall hazards at a Holiday Inn could include:
- Ripped and torn carpet or damaged floors in the guest rooms, hallways, lobby, vending areas, laundry areas, pool, restaurant and other public areas in the hotel
- Bathtubs that have not been equipped with mats to prevent slipping
- Damaged furniture that could lead to injury with use, such as a broken chair leg
- Housekeeping items left carelessly in the hallway, such as soap
- Failure to remove snow, ice and excessive water from parking lot and other outdoor areas in regions of the country that experience inclement weather
- Failure to ensure lobby and other tile floors are dry and free of debris
- Food or drink spills left from either staff or other hotel visitors
Real Life Example
The Cook County Record reported a 2014 lawsuit in which a woman sued Holiday Inn, alleging that she hurt her hip after falling in a parking lot at one of its locations.
Specifically, the woman claimed she slipped on snow and ice in the hotel parking lot, injuring her hip. The plaintiff said hotel staff should have removed the snow and ice from the parking lot. She is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.
In a separate incident, a woman was awarded $24,000 in damages by a jury for a slip-and-fall accident that occurred at a Holiday Inn in October 1993. This plaintiff claimed she fell in a hotel shower after reacting to a change in water temperature and alleged that there was nothing on the shower floor to prevent her from slipping.
The woman suffered a hip injury as a result of her fall and vision problems related to a shower curtain ring that hit her when she fell.
Holiday Inn 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 meeting with 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 Holiday Inn, you may not be entitled to any compensation.