Florida is renowned worldwide as the hotel and resort capital of the U.S., and for most, the world. In fact, there are so many hotels and resorts in Florida that it’s difficult to even find an estimate, let alone a true count. The climate, endless miles of oceanfront, and variety of choices within driving distance of each other all contribute to Florida’s reputation as one of the most visited states in the U.S., rivaled only by California, where the popular destinations are spread much thinner than in Florida.
Consequently, slip and fall accidents at Florida hotels and resorts are more common than they are in other states, as a function of sheer numbers of visitors, as well as other contributing factors, such as slippery areas surrounding swimming pools and spas. These types of accidents are known in the legal community as premises liability accidents, where the claims revolve around injuries sustained when accidents happen on someone else’s property. Unfortunately, some of these accidents even result in death.
If you or a loved one have been injured or even killed in a slip and fall accident at one of Florida’s hotels or resorts, a Florida accident lawyer at Searcy Denney can help you with your legal and insurance claims.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents at Florida Hotels and Resorts
There are any number of circumstances at a hotel or resort that can lead to slip and fall accidents. Some of the most common include:
- Swimming pool hazards
- Bathroom hazards
- Stairway hazards
- Lobby hazards
- Parking lot hazards
- Walkway hazards
- Hazards caused by inclement weather
Understanding Slip and Fall Accidents and Premises Liability
Under Florida’s laws regarding premises liability, paying hotel and resort guests are considered “invitees” and they are owed the highest level of care. This includes the duty to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition and warn guests of any dangerous condition they are aware of or should have been aware of. Owners and management should also fix any such dangerous conditions within a reasonable time, not just for legal protection but also for marketing purposes.
If owners and management breach this duty of care, an injured guest may be able to hold them responsible for their damages.
If You’ve Been the Victim of a Slip and Fall Accident in a Florida Hotel or Resort, Let a Florida Accident Lawyer Help
Slip and fall accidents at Florida hotels and resorts are quite common, as visitors on vacation tend to let their guard down, commonly walk or run around wet areas, and have to care for excitable children. Unfortunately, some of these accidents can ruin a long-awaited vacation, and dealing with the legalities may be the last thing on their minds. Still, the compensation owed to you will eventually become very important, maybe even enough to get a vacation do-over.
If you or a loved one have fallen victim to a slip and fall accident, or any other type of accident at a Florida hotel or resort, let a Florida accident lawyer at Searcy Denney handle your insurance and legal claims. Contact us to schedule your free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no risk for you.