The Bay area hosts more than 17 million visitors every year. With more than 200 hotels in San Francisco, about 70 in San Jose, and many more in surrounding communities, travelers have a variety of short-term housing options. While visitors hope to enjoy a safe and productive stay in the Bay area, too often they become the victim of a serious injury without ever leaving the hotel premises. A surprising number of injuries occur in California hotels. The victims are often hotel guests, but people who enter a hotel to dine, to attend a meeting, or to meet a guest may also find themselves injured as a result of a hotel employee’s negligence. Any victim of a hotel injury may be entitled to compensation.
Causes of Hotel InjuriesThe most common injuries in a hotel are caused by slip-and-fall accidents. When an employee spills a liquid while delivering room service and fails to clean the wet spot, the hotel is responsible for injuries to an unwary individual who falls on the slippery surface. Slip-and-falls can also occur on a rainy day when people track water into the lobby and the hotel staff fails to keep the floor dry. Slippery stairs, spills in hotel restaurants, and the failure to maintain non-slip surfaces in tubs and shower stalls can also lead to injuries caused by falls. Other causes of hotel injuries include:
- Unsafe conditions in a swimming pool or hot tub that lead to drownings and other injuries.
- Poorly maintained hotel furniture, including collapsing beds and bureaus that tip over.
- Food poisoning due to contaminated food served in hotel restaurants or delivered by room service.
- Hotel shuttle accidents.
- Scalding and burns when the hotel fails to regulate water temperatures in showers.
- Poorly maintained or improperly installed exercise equipment in a fitness room, including malfunctioning treadmills and workout benches that do not support the user’s weight. Hotels can also be liable for failing to warn users of the safety precautions that must be followed to avoid injuries.
- Malfunctioning elevators and escalators.
- Balconies that do not protect hotel guests from falls.
- Worn or frayed carpeting that causes a hotel user to trip.
- Faulty electrical connections or damaged cords that lead to shocks or electrocution.
- Defective or unsafe equipment in a children’s play area.
- Inadequate security that fails to prevent attacks in hallways or hotel garages.
- Bed bugs or other unsanitary conditions that cause severe allergic reactions or infections.