Injured at a Hotel or Resort – Who Pays?

Premises Liability
Hotel Injury
Resort Injuries

By Sandra Dalton, Staff Writer

If you have been injured at a hotel or resort, you may be wondering who is responsible for your medical bills, lost income, and other losses. Being injured far away from home can be a frightening and confusing experience, and you may be facing a very uncertain future. To learn about your legal rights, you need to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney in the state where you were injured, even if you have already gone home.

Hotel Injuries

The majority of hotel injuries will fall under premises liability and the hotel is often held liable. Hotels have a legal duty to maintain a safe environment for their guests. This includes providing adequate security, as well as keeping up repairs, maintenance, and cleanliness. Examples of common hotel injuries include:

  • Slip and fall
  • Swimming pool injuries
  • Criminal attacks
  • Injuries caused by broken furniture
  • Bed bugs
  • Food poisoning
  • Fitness center injuries
  • Hotel-provided shuttle service accidents
  • Elevator injuries
  • Injuries and deaths due to fires

In some cases, hotel injuries may be the responsibility of a third party, such as a company contracted to repair and maintain elevators. Your personal injury attorney can determine who can be held responsible in your case.


Resorts offer a wide variety of activities and services, some of which carry a high risk for accidents. Each case is unique. Many resorts require guests to sign waivers before participating in potentially dangerous activities, to prevent guests from suing for their injuries. Even if you signed a waiver, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries if it is found that the resort’s negligence caused or contributed to your injuries. For instance, if your accident was the result of inadequate maintenance or lack of necessary warning signs.

Examples of resort activities and service include:

  • Jet skiing
  • Parasailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba diving
  • Fishing trips
  • Guided tours
  • Snow skiing
  • Amusement park rides
  • Golf
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Zip line
  • Rafting
  • Other sports
  • Spa services

If the resort hires a third party to provide these services, the third party may be held responsible. It will depend on the circumstances in your case. Again, your attorney will review all of the facts in your case to determine who can be held liable for your injuries.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed at a hotel or resort, you can learn more about your rights and how you can recover damages for your losses by searching our directory to find a lawyer who handles hotel and resort accident claims in the area where it occurred. 

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