Pennsylvania hotel named in slippery suit

Business owners and landlords are expected to maintain safe premises for tenants and visitors. If there is a broken handrail, it should be fixed; unsafe walkways should be blocked off; and appropriate security measures should be in place. 

Unfortunately, mistakes and accidents still happen all the time as a result of a dangerous condition on someone's property. When and if this happens, it is crucial to investigate what caused an incident and identify any potentially negligent parties. That is what one man is doing by filing a lawsuit against a hotel after he suffered a serious accident.

According to reports on the case, the man was staying at a Pennsylvania hotel when he was hurt. He evidently slipped while in the shower in his room and hit his head, suffering a serious head injury. He says that he slipped because there were no mats to prevent slipping in the shower.

The hotel apparently added these features after the man's accident, but of course the actions came too late to prevent the man's injuries.

In his lawsuit, the man is requesting compensation for the damages that resulted from the alleged negligence including inadequate inspections. He cites multiple parties -- including the hotel, the franchisers and a hospitality company -- which can increase the likelihood of recovering full compensation, if awarded.

In other cases involving negligence resulting in accidents, victims can suffer painful injuries that require ongoing medical care and can affect a person's ability to work. Victims and family members can also experience damages stemming from loss of companionship and consortium. These can all be cited in claims for compensation, which people can recover in successful premises liability lawsuits.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Western Pa. hotel sued for concussion from shower slip," Jim Boyle, Aug. 25, 2014

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