While you may not automatically think of luxurious resorts when you think of the state of Louisiana, there are countless hotels and other getaway destinations located here. In fact, the state has quite a bit to offer even the most adventurous travelers. However, plans and vacations can go awry quickly if accidents occur on hotel or resort properties. The most common mishaps that occur are slip and fall accidents, which can result in severe damages that are long-lasting.
When you stay at a resort or hotel, you expect the facility to be regularly inspected and free from any dangers or defects on the premises. This extends to any activities or attractions located on the premises, as well as transportation that is provided by the hotel. Hotels also have a legal duty to provide warnings of any dangerous conditions located on the premises and protect all guests from any known hazards.
Common Dangers at Hotels and Resorts
Dangers are everywhere when you stay in a resort or hotel. It is crucial that guests remain aware of these hazards to help ensure they do not fall victim to an injury.
The Hotel Grounds
Some of the dangers that are present on hotel grounds include poor security in the parking lots and slippery walkways and floors. If the proper warning signs are not placed in these areas, then an accident may very well occur.
Activities at the Hotel
Another common spot for injuries to occur is on attractions or activities located on the hotel grounds. These hazards are typically the result of insufficient maintenance and, in some cases, because the staff has not been trained properly. Even if the activities are operated by an independent contractor, the hotel may still be determined liable for retaining or hiring these individuals’ services.
Transportation To and From the Hotel
The transportation provided by hotels is usually in the form of a shuttle, van or bus. Most people ride to and from the airport or to other destinations and points of interest located nearby. If the transportation being used is not properly maintained, repaired or inspected, then the hotel may be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that occur while on these means of transportation.
Burden of Proof
The owners and managers of a hotel have a duty to ensure guests have a clean and safe property to stay on. If this duty of care is breached, they can be held responsible for any damages or injuries that occur while a guest is on the premises. In every case involving premises liability, the person who is injured has to prove that the property owner breached the duty of care that resulted in the injuries and damages.
Proving this can be difficult, which is why it is so important to have the services of an attorney. An attorney can review the facts of your case and work to protect your rights. If you have questions, contact the premises liability claim attorneys at Joubert Law Firm by calling 225-761-3822. They can ensure you get the compensation you deserve.