Hotel and resort liability for signage usage.
Most hotels today use signage to warn guests about potential dangers, but this has become so commonplace that guests may not even realize the signs are there. It’s the hotel’s responsibility to keep guests informed about possible issues so that the chances of an accident are minimized. If the hotel doesn’t go far enough to protect guest interests and someone gets hurt, this could form the basis of a personal injury claim.
Hotels with pools may be facing additional liability risks in the event that someone is injured in an accident in the pool. However, this situation may be different depending on the postage of warning signs.
Although warning signs posted on their own are not a complete representation of a hotel's avoidance of liability for all personal injury incidents, if an individual is hurt after diving in and no diving area or swimming in an area with the sign posted 'at your own risk', the liability for the pool owner may be minimized depending on the age of the injured party as well as the circumstances.
Getting evidence together immediately after the accident is a clear way to help your personal injury lawyer determine whether or not the hotel or resort manager could have done more to minimize dangers. It’s hard to remember all the facts after the incident, and getting a fresh picture of how the scene looked at the time is a solid step to ensure that you remember it correctly.
In the event that the injury occurred as a result of an obvious or direct violation of a posted sign or warning and the individual was mature or old enough to recognize the dangers posted by the sign, then the injured party may also be somewhat responsible for the accident itself. In situations in which a child is injured, the actions will be judged based on the knowledge of children of similar age and experience and the general standard of care.
A court may also determine the child's capacity to avoid the danger and understand the danger for diving in a shallow pool. If a pool owner can illustrate that the injured party shares liability as a result of ignoring known dangers of warning signs, then the money that would otherwise be owned to a victim or a victim’s family could be reduced in accordance with the liability of an injured party. The contributing negligence of such an injured victim could impact an insurance claim more directly than a personal injury lawsuit regarding the pool accident.