Basic rules of probability statistics will always indicate that the more
active one is, one’s chances of getting injured increases. This
doesn’t mean that people should not lead active lives, nor does
it mean that all people with active lifestyles will become injured. However,
injuries can and will happen.
Experienced Kingston slip and fall accident attorneys know that some of these injuries will occur while people are vacationing.
Injuries happen at hotels, pools open to the public, and even at airports
when going to and coming from destination locations. Every
slip and fall victim should take specific actions after suffering from a fall.
Action Steps after Slipping and Falling:
First and foremost, a
slip and fall victim must stabilize the situation, seek help, and get medical treatment. Jumping
right up from the ground may be your first inclination, but you might
have a serious injury. Take a moment to assess the situation before getting
to your feet. Ask a passerby for help and don’t hesitate to use
your cell phone to call 911.
Always accept medical treatment immediately. You should do so even if you
feel “fine” because an injury could exist but without displaying
signs or symptoms right away.
If the accident happened at a commercial location, make sure that management
is notified and that the accident is documented. If at a residential location,
report the accident to the homeowner or landlord’s insurance carrier.
Make sure to document every detail of the incident, including the names
of people that you reported the accident to, as well as the names of witnesses
Lastly, contact an
experienced slip and fall accident attorney so that you can learn of your rights.
Hotel Slip and Fall Accidents:
Whether you are from the Hudson Valley Region and vacationed else ware,
or you made the Hudson Valley Region your travel destination, your rights
are no different when you have slipped and fell at a hotel.
Persons that own, operate, and or occupy a hotel must make sure that the
premises is safe for guests. If the owner and or operator did something,
or failed to do something that caused the accident to occur, then they
could be held liable for the victim’s injuries under a theory of
For example, if the floor was wet and hotel staff did not remediate the
danger, or if guests were not warned of the danger, and someone
slipped and fell the hotel can be liable for negligence. The same rules apply inside and outside of the hotel, even in the hotel
Public Pool Accidents:
Pools open to the public, like those operated by municipalities or run
by New York State in state parks are frequently the only place that some
people have to cool off and beat the heat of summer. State parks are also
a frequent tourist destination.
Even though swimmers are voluntarily taking part in the recreational sport
of swimming at local pools, they still have rights if
negligently injured by public pool owners and operators.
Public pools must be kept as safe as possible for guests. This means that
guests must be warned of dangers such as shallow water, and ladders in
pools must be kept in good repair. Of course, diving boards must be properly
maintained. Slick or slippery surfaces must carry a warning to swimmers as well.
Any area under the control by the pubic pool operators must be kept safe;
the pool itself, the walkways, locker rooms, changing areas, and even
The rules of premises liability are the
same as those that apply to hotels and public pools. The airport property must be kept and maintained in such a manner so
that guests are not harmed by preventable accidents. This applies to the
condition of the property itself and in regard to ensuring your safety
from nefarious characters.