Under the law, property and business owners have a responsibility to maintain their premises in order to ensure the safety of their customers. These requirements also apply to hotel owners, who need to exercise reasonable care on order to protect their guests.
Whether you are staying at a hotel because you are on vacation or are a business traveler, it is not unreasonable to assume that the hotel owners have taken steps to provide you with a safe environment – in the common areas of the hotel, such as the lobby, halls, and grounds, as well as in the room itself you are staying in.
However, our Virginia personal injury law firm commonly receives calls regarding hotel bathrooms that lack the required equipment to protect guests from slip and fall injuries.
Under the Virginia Administrative Code (VAC), all hotel bathrooms should have either a nonslip, impervious surface on the bathtub or shower stall floor, or a nonslip impervious bath mat must be provided. If the hotel fails to do so, and a guest receives injuries due to slipping and falling in the bath or shower, a hotel may be responsible for monetary damages for those injuries because they failed to comply with the law.
Approximately 40 percent of guest accidents, which occur at hotels are slip and fall accidents. The hotel bathroom is in the top five areas where these injuries take place. Some of the most common injuries suffered from this type of slip and fall accident includes head injuries, herniated discs, broken hips, back, knee, shoulder and wrist injuries. Other serious injuries, such as blood clots or rib fractures, may take days – even weeks – before symptoms show up.
If you have suffered injuries due to a slip and fall in a hotel bathroom because the hotel was negligent in providing a safe environment, contact a skilled Virginia premises liability attorney today to see what legal recourse you may have against the hotel owners.