The state of Maryland is a very popular tourist location, as it is home to the city of Baltimore and borders Washington D.C. Because of this, millions of people from around the world come to the location every year. In order to accommodate these tourists, there are many hotels that guests can come to and enjoy their stay while they visit the area. When people come to hotels, they trust the hotel to prioritize the safety of their guests and provide a secure establishment for them. However, accidents happen, even in a hotel. Sometimes, these accidents may happen as a result of a hotel’s negligence. Hotel owners and their staff are required to administer routine inspections and safety procedures to ensure they will not cause harm. If they fail to do so, people can become injured as a result. It is important to contact an experienced attorney if you have been injured due to a hotel’s negligence.
Types of Hotel Accidents
In a popular state such as Maryland, hotels can become very crowded and busy. To keep their guests happy, hotels offer several amenities for entertainment. If a hotel does not keep up with the maintenance that is required of these amenities, its guests can be put at risk for accidents as well as injuries. There are many ways an accident can happen in a hotel. This can include:
- Stairwell accidents
- Elevator/escalator accidents
- Defective gym equipment
- Unsafe buildings and walkways
- Swimming pool accidents
- Food poisoning
- Inadequate security on the premises
As property owners, hotel owners have an obligation to provide a safe environment for their guests. They are required to meet a certain standard of care, which requires them and the staff they employ to repair or remove any hazards on their grounds. If a hazard is not yet fixed, they must notify guests. They are also obligated to train the hotel staff for all emergency and safety procedures as well as hire proper security for the grounds. If a hotel does not meet this standard of care, they may be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result.
To hold a hotel responsible for their injuries, an individual must prove the hotel was negligent in providing the required standard of care. In order to do this, they must satisfy the “burden of proof.” Doing so requires the injured to collect evidence that proves the establishment knew about, or should have known about, the conditions that caused the injury and did not fix it. Evidence may include medical documentation of the injury, security footage from the hotel, pictures of the hazard, or any witnesses.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
If you have been injured in an accident and wish to speak with an attorney about your best course of action, contact the Law Offices of Albers & Associates today.
Albers & Associates is comprised of experienced personal injury, criminal defense, and family law attorneys. Our firm is proud to serve clients in Baltimore, Maryland. If you require strong legal representation that will fight to protect your future, contact the attorneys at Albers & Associates to schedule a consultation.