Slip and Fall Accidents at Resorts
Most people planning a trip to a resort do not consider it ending with an injury or a visit to an emergency room. Slip and fall accidents are common, but when they happen at a resort, determining who is liable for the injury can be tricky. Consultation with an experienced slip and fall lawyer is essential to claiming compensation.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents at a Resort
Slip and fall accidents tend to be minor incidents; but in some cases, serious and catastrophic injuries can happen. There are many reasons that a slip and fall accident can happen at a resort facility, including:
- Uneven floor surfaces
- Wet or slippery floors
- Poor lighting
- Poor housekeeping, such as leaving items on the floor
- Torn carpeting
- Broken handrails or stairs
- Electrical cords and cables
- Icy sidewalks
- Wet decks in pool areas
- Poorly maintained exercise equipment
- Skiing or diving accidents
- Debris in walkways
- Potholes in parking lots
- Unpainted wheel stops
Determining what led to the accident is crucial in determining who is liable for your injuries.
Determining Liability in a Slip and Fall Accident at a Resort
Even when the cause of a slip and fall accident at a resort facility is obvious, it can still be difficult to prove liability. An experienced lawyer will be able to review the details of the accident and determine the best legal strategy for holding the resort liable for injuries.
For the resort to be held liable for a slip and fall injury, the plaintiff must first prove that the proprietor was negligent in providing a safe facility that was free from unreasonable hazards. The plaintiff must also prove that the resort’s negligence directly resulted in their injury. Just because a guest slips and falls on a wet floor surface, does mean that the proprietor was negligent. If the proprietor attempted to dry the area and posted a warning sign that the guest ignored, the resort may not be held liable.
The proprietor can be held liable if a guest slips and falls on a wet floor surface because of a spilled beverage that the staff was aware of but failed to thoroughly clean. The resort can also be held liable if a guest falls down a flight of stairs due to a broken handrail or torn carpeting that a routine inspection would have revealed. The proprietor can also be held liable for an injury if they failed to provide their maintenance staff with the proper training needed to ensure a safe facility.
A competent and knowledgeable lawyer will be able to investigate the accident that led to your injury and determine if the resort’s negligence is the direct cause of the plaintiff’s injury. Large resorts and hotels commonly have legal teams on retainer that are prepared to fight these types of claims. Navigating through premises liability and standing up against these powerful legal teams can be overwhelming.
Passaic Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Represent Victims Injured in Slip and Fall Accidents
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident at a resort, call one of our Passaic slip and fall accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr immediately. Call us at 732-537-8570 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Highland Park, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.