Heading out to get in some last vacation time with the family before school starts back up? Getting away from the homestead and staying in a hotel where someone else does the cleaning and changes the sheets is one of the top perks of traveling for me.
When you stay at a hotel, motel, resort, inn, or bed and breakfast, you are expecting to have a fun, relaxing time away from home. However, if hotel or motel property owners do not sufficiently take care of their building and the surrounding area, it could lead to serious guest injuries.
The establishment has a general duty to exercise reasonable care in operating its business and protecting its guests. A guest is considered an “invitee” under Florida premises liability law and each guest is legally entitled to protection. A Florida establishment must inspect the grounds and maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition free from any hazards or dangerous conditions.
The premises include the establishment’s shuttle bus, the parking lot and inside the establishment itself. This includes all common areas, meeting and banquet halls, swimming pools, guest rooms, and other areas where guests are free to move about. According to Florida Statutes, the duties it must fulfill on behalf of guests include:
- Maintain adequate lighting
- Keep steps dry and unobstructed
- Repair defects and maintain furniture
- Control insect infestation (bed bugs)
- Maintain proper security to avoid theft and assaults on guests
- Exercise reasonable care in hiring hotel staff
- Train hotel pool staff to prevent injuries to guests
- Maintain elevators
- Maintain locks on guest rooms
- Prevent criminal activity or theft
If you have been injured while on the premises of a hotel, motel, resort, inn or bed and breakfast and that injury could have been prevented, you may not be responsible for your medical bills, your lost wages or your pain and suffering. Give me a call to discuss what happened to you and remember, I never a charge for the consultation!