Q: My husband slipped and fell on a wet floor at the hotel we were staying at. He broke his elbow.
When we asked the hotel for help paying the medical bills they said it wasn't their responsibility because they contract out for their cleaning and the cleaners weren't hotel employees. Is this true?
A: The hotel's wrong. It's potentially liable for anything that happens on its property. The cleaning service might be liable too. Whether there's a case against either depends upon the specific facts of your husband's fall. To investigate this further, you'd need to schedule a meeting with a premises liability/personal injury lawyer for a more in-depth review.
A: The hotel likely has insurance to cover medical bills. You may have to hire a lawyer to obtain the insurance information. But without the lawyer's help apparently the hotel does not want to provide this information. You're being reasonable and they aren't. It's that simple.
A: The hotel may or may not be liable for the accident; the hotel staff may or may not have been negligent, it depends on what was on the floor, how it got there and how long the floor was wet. This is not a case of strict liability, it is one of a defect in the property (which wetness may be) and how the hotel's staff reacted to it. If your husband was the one who caused the wetness then liability on the part of the hotel may not exist and your husband's negligence may be greater and thus there could be no claim that would be successful.
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