Many people from other states stay in hotels or motels while they are vacationing in Florida. If a hotel guest is injured during such a stay, the hotel itself could be liable for the guest’s injuries. After a slip-and-fall accident, elevator accident or pool accident, an injured hotel guest might sue the hotel for negligence under the theory of premises liability.
Like all property owners, the owner of a hotel owes a duty of care to guests and other invitees. When staff at a hotel fails to provide hotel guests with a safe environment that is free of foreseeable hazards, the hotel can be found guilty of negligence after someone gets hurt. If a hotel guest is injured by a third party not associated with the hotel, the hotel might not be liable, however.
To build a premises liability case against a hotel, a hotel guest must prove that the hotel owed them a duty of care that was breached. Further, the plaintiff must show that when the hotel breached its duty of care, the breach caused the plaintiff’s injuries. To pursue financial compensation for hotel injuries, a plaintiff must be able to prove that their injuries resulted in financial damages.
An attorney may be able to help a plaintiff file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent hotel. To help the plaintiff pursue an appropriate award for damages, an attorney may collect evidence of the plaintiff’s hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage and other applicable losses.