Many folks from Berks County have checked into a hotel for stays of one evening or longer. At the end of their stay, they check out and think no more about it. Sometimes, however, people suffer injury on a hotel's property. Can these guests sue the hotel for the damages they suffered? It all depends on the specific circumstances, but sometimes guests can recover from hotels for premises liability.
Take the example of a guest who slips and falls on a hotel's property. Can they sue? Very often, they can. If, for example, the guest slips and falls in the hotel's restaurant, the hotel may be liable if the floor was wet after someone dropped a drink 30 minutes earlier and no one cleaned it up. In this case, the hotel may have had ample opportunity to discover the wet floor and clean it up. If instead the drink had been dropped 15 seconds earlier, the hotel may not have had the opportunity to clean it up. In this case, the liability of the hotel might be harder to prove.
What about if a guest is a crime victim near their hotel? Let's say a guest suffers injury while being mugged near their hotel. Usually, a hotel in this situation will not be liable for the injury of a guest. The mugger would be liable, but not the hotel. If the hotel is located in a very high-crime area, however, the situation may be different. If the hotel failed to warn the guest of the crime rate, or failed to take other simple precautions to protect the safety of guests, the hotel could possibly be held liable.
This post only gives a general overview of hotels and premises liability, and cannot serve as the basis for any legal action. Those who are wondering what options a guest has in Berks County when he or she suffers an injury on a hotel's premises may want to consult with an attorney to discuss their options.