September 18, 2014
Can I Sue after a Pool Injury in a Hotel?
Many hotels in and around Philadelphia area have pools and hot tubs for the use of their guests. As fun and relaxing as water-based activities can be, they also involve an inherent risk of injury to participants. While some larger hotel pools may have lifeguards on duty, most hotel pools do not. As a result, injuries that people sustain in pool hotels or hot tubs can often be severe and victims may be unable to get the help they need. If the injury was a result of negligence on the part of the hotel or hotel staff, those affected can potentially recover for any economic and noneconomic losses they sustain by bringing a personal injury claim. One of the experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorneys of The Levin Firm will be able to review the facts of your case and help you determine how to proceed.
As in any legal action arising out of a preventable accident, it is essential for the plaintiff to establish that the defendant was negligent in some way. In the context of a hotel pool or hot tub injury, there are ample opportunities for negligence of the part of the hotel. Some of the most common include the following:
- Unreasonably slippery flooring
- Lack of restricted access to children
- Cracks or holes in the pool deck
- Problems with pool construction
- Violations of Pennsylvania regulations regarding hotel pools or hot tubs
- Lack of proper pool maintenance
- Debris or other items in or around the pool
There are many other ways a hotel could cause a pool injury, and anyone injured should discuss their case with an experienced lawyer. Pool injuries have the potential to be extremely serious, and can result in long-term medical complications. In situations where a person is deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time, victims may become cognitively impaired and may require around-the-clock medical care. Even in less serious cases, victims may be unable to work for some time and incur significant medical expenses.