It can happen in an instant. You are on a business trip, honeymoon, or a family vacation when you fall in your hotel and you are injured. It is important you understand what to do after a hotel slip and fall accident to protect you right to recover compensation for your injuries. The hotel has a duty to its guests to provide a safe environment free from hazards that can cause an injury. If the hotel fails in its duty of care, it can be held liable for any damages arising from an accident. Below are steps you need to take if you are injured in a fall at a hotel.
A person can slip and fall in many situations, resulting in anything from a minor injury such as a sprain to more serious injuries including traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and back injuries. The accident may happen on a wet floor in a store, on an uneven sidewalk, or in a parking lot. A person may trip over a cord or other obstacle in an office or while visiting someone at their home. Each of these incidents can result in serious injury.
An Oregon jury sent a strong message to businesses regarding slip and fall cases. The jury in Portland, Oregon awarded an 85 year old man one million dollars in punitive damages related to a slip and fall at a Safeway. Christopher Armstrong-Stevenson was also awarded $600,000 in actual damages. It is the million dollars in punitive damages that should have many business throughout the United States reviewing their policies regarding how accidents on their premises are treated. According to one juror, “No matter what the company, if someone gets hurt in your business, you have to investigate. We didn’t see anything set up after the fact to say, ‘Hey, we learned our lesson. Here’s what happened, and here’s how we changed to make things better.’” Attorneys for Armstrong-Stevenson said that the verdict sends a strong message to the supermarket chain that it must take customer safety more seriously.