January is the month when we receive the most enquiries from people who have been injured at hotels. With both Christmas and New Year’s Eve being popular times for getting away, hotels are usually booked to capacity, and have a wider than normal range of services offered and events planned for guests. This often leads to staffing pressures, which in turn can cause lapses in safety procedures with potentially hazardous consequences. The most typical enquiries we receive regarding accidents and injuries at hotels are:
Accidents in hotel bathrooms – Hotel guests may slip, fall and injure themselves in bathrooms causing cuts, bruises, broken bones and head injuries. Safety defects and hazards in hotel bathrooms must be dealt with by the hotel before guests are exposed to the risk of injury.
Bed bug bites at hotels – Bed bug infestations continue to pose a problem for hotels around the world. Apart from the impact of being bitten by potentially hundreds of bed bugs, guests may find that the tiny insects travel home with them. stowed away in luggage and clothing, causing an infestation that will usually be difficult and expensive to deal with.
Burns from hotel radiators – Hotel radiators may be missing the necessary safety covers resulting in guests burning themselves on contact with hot exposed pipes and radiator surfaces. Guests commonly sustain burns to the legs, hands and fingers, injuries with the potential to leave long-term or permanent scarring.
Other common accidents at hotels include falls down stairs lacking either proper safety rails or adequate lighting, cuts from broken glass, trips over electric cables, slips caused by spilled drinks, and food poisoning. Our solicitors have handled numerous successful compensation claims against hotels over the years, and offer advice and expertise that you can trust in this area of personal injury law.