Injuries at businesses in Florida are common. When a business is responsible for causing a person’s injury, the injured party may be entitled to financial compensation via a personal injury lawsuit—and hotels are no exception. In fact, hotels in Florida are a common site of injuries—many of which are the result of negligence. In this article, we examine the process of suing a hotel following an injury in Florida.
Hotels in Florida are required by law to keep their guests reasonably safe. When a hotel’s failure to do so results in an injury, the injured party can file a premises liability lawsuit against the hotel. An accident victim who files a premises liability lawsuit against a hotel must prove that the hotel’s breach of duty directly caused the injury suffered in the accident.
Hotel Slip and Fall Cases
Many premises liability lawsuits involve slip and falls. In a slip and fall case involving a hotel, an injured party must prove that the hotel had actual or constructive knowledge of the issue that caused the fall. In the case of an item on the ground that caused an accident, for example, an injured party must prove that the hotel knew about the item or that the item was on the ground so long that the hotel should have known about it. In addition, an injured party may prove constructive knowledge by demonstrating that the condition that caused the accident was foreseeable. If an injured party’s lawyer can prove that the situation that caused the injury was foreseeable and preventable, the injured party may be entitled to financial compensation.
Damages in Hotel Accident Cases
Damages are a type of financial compensation a party receives after winning a lawsuit. The best way to obtain damages following a hotel accident is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. Common damages in hotel accident cases include:
- The cost of required medical care
- Property damages
- Loss of earnings if the injured party is unable to work after the accident
- Cost of household services required due to the accident
- Loss of earning capacity and future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement or physical impairment
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship
- Punitive damages
Contact a Pensacola personal injury attorney
If you’ve suffered injuries in a hotel accident in Florida, you need an experienced Florida personal injury attorney in your corner. Located in Pensacola, Florida, Staples, Ellis + Associates, P.A., provides legal representation to accident victims in Northwest Florida and Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties. When you come to us for help following an accident, we will do everything in our power to ensure that you obtain the financial compensation you deserve. Please contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our talented personal injury attorneys.