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September 12th, 2013

I tripped in a hotel lobby in Philadelphia. What are my rights?

A hotel guest or visitor who falls as a result of the negligence of the hotel or hotel operator would generally be able to bring suit to recover for any financial losses such as lost wages or medical bills incurred as a result of the accident. In addition to financial losses, the injured individual may be able to receive financial compensation for pain and suffering damages.

Under Pennsylvania fall down and injury law, hotels owe customers and guests one of the highest duties under the law. That duty includes the duty to provide reasonably safe premises and includes the duty to conduct reasonable inspections of the hotel grounds to identify and correct any unreasonable dangers. Hotels are notorious for failing to correct known dangers. Many fail to conduct periodic inspections of the hotel grounds and instead employ a “if we see it, we fix it” mentality. This type of conduct often results in liability.

The key in a hotel trip accident case is identifying and proving the cause of the accident. A common cause of a hotel trip accident is a defect in flooring, i.e., a broken or missing piece of flooring, such as concrete, marble or carpet. It is very important to obtain evidence of the defect, by way of photos or a hotel accident report. Hotels will defend fall accident lawsuits vigorously; therefore, having proof of the defect and the accident will be important.

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If you were injured at a hotel, resort or motel and would like to discuss your case with one of our hotel accident and injury lawyers, call Click To Call. Our lawyers are available for a free, no obligation legal consultation, and can obtain special admission in other states, such as New York or Delaware, on a case by case basis.

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