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Massachusetts liability laws and hotel injuries

Massachusetts travelers should be aware of laws regarding hotel liability for injuries. Slip and fall injuries are common in hotels, but liability is not always clear. Hotels are responsible for reasonably foreseeable injuries that occur on their properties and that are caused by negligence on their part. Premises liability holds that all property owners are responsible for maintaining safe premises.A hotel can often be held liable for accidents that occur in lobbies and walkways where tripping hazards are present. These accidents only result in liability for the hotel if its staff was aware or should have been aware that there was a hazard. The hotel must be found to have breached a duty of care that led to the injury. Successful negligence claims prove duty, breach, causation and harm. In a standard hotel liability case, plaintiffs can sue a hotel for accidents that could have easily been prevented. By failing to prevent a foreseeable accident, the hotel breached the duty of care it is required to show all patrons. Wet floors are a common example of breaches in the duty of care as hotel staff should always monitor the floor until it dries to prevent patrons from slipping. A failure to monitor the floor that leads to a slip and fall accident would be a clear breach of duty in most cases.Victims of hotel negligence who sustain serious injuries may be eligible for compensation. Personal injury lawyers can provide guidance when determining whether or not a lawsuit against a hotel is worth pursuing. If so, a lawyer can also help the injured victim prove that his or her injuries were a direct result of an accident on hotel premises that could reasonably have been prevented.