According to a recent report commissioned by Denver’s Travel and Visitor Bureau, Denver had a record tourism year in 2012, setting all-time-high numbers for both visitors and spending. According to the report, 13.6 million overnight visitors visited Denver, including 2.3 million business trips.
Common hotel injuries
Overcrowded hotels can lead to an exhausted and overtaxed staff that does not exercise due care to ensure that travelers and their guests are safe. Common hotel injuries include swimming pool accidents, slip and falls, food poisoning, shower burnings and injuries sustained due to collapsing or defective furniture.
The most dangerous areas in hotels are often also the most staff-intensive. High-danger points include hotel lobbies, recreational facilities such as fitness centers and pools and hotel dining areas. Potential hotbeds of liability include a hotel’s failure to:
- provide adequate pool-safety equipment such as life jackets
- appropriately mark pools
- maintain gym equipment
- retain skilled lifeguards and gym staff
- clean water or debris from floors
- ensure that food is properly and safely prepared
How you can claim damages
For a hotel to be liable for your injury, however, it is not enough to simply show that a dangerous condition existed. You must also establish that the hotel or its staff was negligent in failing to prevent the dangerous condition and that your injury or harm resulted from the hotel’s act or omission.
If you or a family member is injured while visiting a Colorado hotel, it is important to contact an experienced, local personal injury attorney who can clearly explain your rights. Bell & Pollock, P.C. has more than 20 years of experience successfully helping injured hotel guests receive fair compensation for their injuries.