Any California resident who has traveled and spent time in a resort setting knows that amenities at these types of vacation spots typically include a pool and/or beach. Inevitably, water from these areas will be tracked through common resort areas at times, and guests must exercise caution to avoid a slip-and-fall accident on wet surfaces. However, the resort also has a responsibility to ensure safety measures are in place, such as appropriate signage to warn of possible hazards.
In a recent example, a resort in another state allegedly failed to provide such safety measures and now faces a lawsuit. In March 2018, a woman filed a suit against the resort, in which she is claiming negligence after she slipped and fell on a tile floor in the resort's outdoor lounge area. According to the lawsuit, she claims that water had accumulated on the tile, but that it had not been there prior to her accident.
In response to the lawsuit, the resort owner claims safety measures were in place at the time of the woman's fall, stating that a sign at the entrance to the outside lounge area instructs guests to towel off before walking on the tile. In addition, the resort claims a civil/structural engineer has determined the tile is not inherently dangerous when wet, although the material is not classified as non-slip. The resort owners had requested a summary judgment, but recently, a U.S. District Court judge denied the motion, noting that the resort's choice of tile in the lounge area could be viewed by a jury as a breach of its duty to maintain safety on its premises. He also pointed to the absence, on the day of the accident, of the wet floor sign that the resort usually displayed in the area.
Many people who slip and fall on wet surfaces while visiting a vacation spot, retail outlet, restaurant or other public space suffer injuries from the incident, sometimes resulting in long-term damage. Victims of such accidents in California may benefit from a consultation with a personal injury lawyer. He or she can review individual case details and establish the viability of pursuing a civil lawsuit. A successfully litigated claim could help mitigate financial losses that victims tend to encounter at these times.