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Know the common types of resort accidents

Now that the temperatures are warming up, more people are traveling to Florida to kick back and relax on vacation. The increase in tourist activity means there is a higher risk of vacation accidents. No one expects to spend their vacation time recovering from injuries or mourning the loss of a loved one due to a resort or hotel accident. But for some people every year, those circumstances become an unfortunate reality.

Accidents can happen anywhere, even in luxury hotels. Learn about the common types of resort accidents that can occur in order to take appropriate actions to prevent them.

Slips and falls

Resorts are common places for slips and falls to occur. People are always checking in and out, rooms are being turned over for the next guest and there is a high volume of traffic. With so much going on, it is not uncommon for staff to overlook hazardous conditions, resulting in guests slipping and falling on broken stairs, buckled carpets and other hazards in their rooms and other areas of the hotel. Common causes of slippery and uneven surfaces include residue left behind from cleaning equipment, leaky pipes, damaged concrete and unsecured carpeting and rugs.

Swimming pools

Many resorts have swimming pools for their guests to enjoy during their stay. However, pools are also a common accident site. Young children under the age of four are more likely to have swimming pool accidents than older guests. They are also more likely to sustain serious injuries and die from such incidents. Common factors that lead to pool accidents include an insufficient number of lifeguards on site, inadequate pool barriers and loose or damaged safety equipment and drain covers.

Many resort accidents occur because of maintenance issues and untimely repairs. Hotels and resort staff have a duty to inspect their properties frequently so they can identify potential safety concerns and correct them to prevent guest accidents. Guests should examine their resorts and rooms upon their arrival and notify the staff of any hazardous conditions they may find. They should also keep a close eye on children and senior loved ones. Those dealing with the aftermath of a resort or hotel accident should speak to an attorney about their situation for guidance.

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