Hotels are the anchor points for dream getaways and much-needed vacations, but they can also become the home of traumatic injuries which result in a long stay in a Boston hospital instead. Hotels have a wide array of areas which render them potentially liable in the event that a guest is injured while staying at their facility, and the experienced premises liability attorneys at Altman & Altman LLP can get to work on your claim right away.
Guests of hotels are considered “invitees” under premises liability laws, and therefore hotel management and staff have a serious legal responsibility to provide a safe experience with certain protections against coming into harm during their stay. The grounds of a hotel and the areas which are open to guests must be kept free of hazards – such as liquids that may get spilled or loose gravel that may get kicked at the foot of an outdoor stairwell.
Inside of the hotel, managers and staff have a responsibility to provide adequate signage to warn about any possible areas of danger – such as an elevator that is not functioning, a spot that may be slippery due to recent floor polishing or a particularly steep step on a flight of stairs. The hotel must take care to prevent accidents if they provide access to a swimming pool or hot tub (with signs or staff assigned to these areas) and they must keep their beds and rooms free of harmful mold or insect infestations.
To prove that a hotel is liable in an injury claim, you must be able to show evidence that the hotel management or staff was negligent in their duties to maintain and provide a reasonably safe premise. Some examples of situations where hotel staff may be liable in a personal injury case include:
- An employee washes the deck of an outdoor porch but does not put up a wet floor sign warning of the potential hazard. You slip and fall and break your leg as a result.
- Management does not adhere to proper cleanliness protocols when maintaining their hot tub or Jacuzzi, resulting in their guests contracting a serious skin disease due to the dirty water.
- Hotel culinary staff do not store food properly or wash their hands when handling menu items, resulting in food poisoning or other serious intestinal issues.
- Hotel staff do not engage in proper security protocols around a pool, resulting in a tragic drowning.
- Management does not routinely clean rooms or the bedding, resulting in a bed bug infestation which you take home, further spreading the bugs.
In some of these cases, the injuries sustained by hotel guests may be long-term, particularly painful or require extensive recovery time in a hospital. As a result, you may be saddled with high medical bills, require costly medication or be forced to miss time at work – losing out on paychecks and causing a high level of stress about how you will pay your expenses and support yourself and your family.
By working with an experience personal injury attorney from Altman & Altman LLP, we will provide the best legal advisement available in Massachusetts with regards to how you may move forward with a personal injury claim and collect financial compensation to pay for your bills and recover money lost from being unable to work. With over 50 years of experience in personal injury law, we have an unparalleled expertise to provide to our clients.
We live and work in the Boston area and throughout Massachusetts, so there is no better team to work with if you were injured in a Boston-area hotel. We also provide consultations to go over the details of your case for absolutely no charge to you.
Call and get started on a claim today at 617.492.3000 or toll-free at 800.481.6199. We are available 24/7.