Fire broke out early Thursday morning at the Morel 6 near Northern Avenue and the I-17. A 25-year old man was hospitalized with burns and smoke inhalation. A faulty air conditioning unit is thought to be the cause of the fire which is still under investigation.
While the law does not protect patrons of a motel from their own negligence, the hotel does have certain duties that it owes its guests. All patrons are entitled to assume that the business premises are safe. Business owners have an affirmative duty to keep and maintain their premises in a safe condition.
Air conditioners and electrical components in a hotel guest room will need periodic inspection and maintenance. Hotels have a common law duty that all businesses share, to provide a safe premise to those they invite on their property.
HOTELS AND MOTELS HAVE A DUTY TOWARDS THEIR GUESTS
- Hotels must exercise reasonable care for the safety of their guests.
- Hotels have a duty to actively look for and inspect hazards that might not be readily seen by the guests.
- Hotels and motels must take action to correct the problem, or to warn the guests about the hazard once it has been found.
- Hotels may be found negligent if reasonable inspection showed that there was a hazard, and the motel owner didn't correct the problem or warn the guests about it.
To be successful in a premise liability case and obtain financial compensation for the injuries suffered, the injured person must show that the property owner had notice of the dangerous condition that caused the injury prior to the time that it occurred.
If you have suffered an injury because of a property owner's negligence, the best thing to do is to contact an experienced premise liability and personal injury lawyer. There is no cost or obligation to talk to the Garrison Law Firm and find out if you have a case. Attorney Kevin Garrison will tell you upfront if he thinks you have a valid premise liability case.