Hotel owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe for guests. Here, we explain the dangers of a slip and fall accident when an owner is negligent.

How You Could Suffer Serious Injuries in a Slip and Fall Accident at a Hotel

Going on vacation or for a weekend getaway and staying at a Seattle-area hotel should be a fun and relaxing experience. However, it can turn into a nightmare if you suffer a slip and fall accident at the hotel or motel where you are staying—especially if you live out of town. Business travelers or guests attending a conference, banquet, convention, or other social event hosted by the hotel can also suffer serious injuries in a fall.

Common Ways Guests Are Hurt in Slip and Fall Accidents at Washington State Hotels and Motels

Motel and hotel owners have a duty to keep their properties reasonably safe for their guests. They must be aware of potential hazards and remove them or post warnings of dangers they cannot immediately remove. Common ways slip and fall accidents happen at hotels include:

  • Slippery floors. Spills of food, drink, or water tracked from outside or due to cleaning can cause wet, slippery floors. Guests can also slip and fall due to cracks in flooring, worn or torn flooring, or flooring that is uneven.
  • Snow and ice. When snow and ice is not removed from hotel and motels entrances and parking lots, a patron can easily slip and suffer a catastrophic injury in a fall.
  • Broken handrails and steps. Broken or loose handrails and worn steps can create dangerous conditions that can lead to a fall.
  • Parking lots and sidewalks. Some hotels are responsible for maintaining their sidewalks and parking lots. If there are cracks in the pavement or potholes, an unsuspecting guest can suffer life-altering injuries in a fall on the hard pavement.
  • Elevators. Elevators at hotels can become dangerous when not properly maintained. If they malfunction and jerk suddenly, people using them can lose their balance and fall.
  • Restaurants. Many hotels also provide a restaurant or free breakfast service. They can pose many of the same slip and fall dangers to guests as the rest of the hotel. Spills of food and drink are common in the congested breakfast eating area or more formal restaurant setting. 
  • Inadequate lighting. Insufficient lighting in hallways, stairwells, parking lots, and restaurants can make it impossible for individuals to see potential slip and fall hazards.

If you or a family member suffered a slip and fall accident in a hotel or motel in Seattle, you need the assistance of a local experienced slip and fall attorney. This is true even if you live out of state. Find out about your right to compensation for your injuries and how our skilled lawyers can help. Call our office to schedule your free consultation today.