You may find yourself in a hotel for a work event, visiting friends and family, a vacation, or just a night away. Part of what makes hotels so great is all the amenities. However, this is also what makes hotels dangerous. If these amenities are not properly cared for, hotel guests can sustain serious injuries. Read on to learn more about hotel accidents in Maryland.
How do hotel accidents occur?
There are numerous ways for a hotel accident to occur, however, the most common types of accidents include:
- Accidents due to inadequate security
- Accidents due to inadequate lighting
- Food poisoning
- Unsanitary conditions, such as poor water quality or bug infestations
- Swimming pool accidents
- Defective furniture accidents
- Gym equipment accidents
- Escalator/elevator accidents
- Sidewalk accidents
- Stairway accidents
Who is responsible for a hotel accident?
If you are injured in a hotel, you may be able to hold the hotel owners responsible for the accident. In order to do so, you will have to provide proof that the hotel owners/employees were directly responsible for the accident occurring. To obtain this proof, it is important to take the following steps:
- Notify the manager
- It is important to alert the manager that an accident has occurred. This will allow him or her to file an accident report.
- Call 911
- The police can send an ambulance, ensure the scene is safe, file an accident report, and more.
- Seek medical attention
- You should seek medical attention, even if you do not believe you have been seriously injured. This is because it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Additionally, this can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents and carefully follow your doctor’s orders.
- Document the scene
- If possible, take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document the hazardous conditions that have caused your accident to occur.
What is the statute limitations in Maryland?
In order to take legal action, you will have to file your claim on time. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will mean losing your opportunity to fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
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