August 24, 2019

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Injured at a Resort – Who Pays?

When you suffer a serious injury while on vacation, not only does it ruin your vacation, it can change your life. If you were injured at a resort, you may wonder if you have legal recourse and who can be held liable. In many cases, the resort will be liable for your injuries or the death of a loved one. An experienced personal injury attorney, in the state where the accident occurred can determine if you have a case and help you recover the compensation you need and deserve.

Resort Accidents and Injuries

Examples of common resort accidents and injuries include:

  • Slip and fall
  • Fires
  • Food poisoning
  • Faulty furniture
  • Burns due to faulty plumbing or electronics
  • Criminal assaults
  • Ride accidents
  • Swimming pool and hot tub accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Water skiing accidents
  • Snow skiing accidents
  • Shuttle and other transportation accidents


In order to receive compensation, you must prove that the resort’s negligence caused or contributed to your accident or injuries. Most resort injury cases fall under premises liability. Resort owners and operators have a duty to maintain safe conditions for their guests and employees.

For example, if your slip and fall accident was caused by a spill or leak that was not cleaned up in a timely fashion, the resort could be held liable. Similarly, if you were injured in a criminal assault due to negligent security, the resort would be responsible.

What about Waivers

If you were participating in an activity such as skiing, you may have signed a waiver. That could be an obstacle, but it may not be. Typically, these waivers include language that bars you from bringing a claim if you were injured as a result of the inherent risk involved in the activity. However, many conditions that lead to accidents are not inherent risks. For example, if you fell from a ski lift that malfunctioned because it was poorly maintained or due to operator negligence, the resort could be held responsible.

To learn more about resort injury compensation, and whether you have a good case, you should schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in the area where the injury occurred.

About Sandra Dalton

With a background as a paralegal, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights, Sandra Dalton launched her freelance writing career in 2000 with a weekly column on Freedom for Suite 101 and pro bono projects for individuals and organizations supporting causes close to her heart. One of her first projects was for the Police Compliant Center writing about police misconduct. Sandra’s legal writing quickly expanded to include personal injury, animal welfare, criminal defense, disability discrimination, family law and much more.

Sandra’s other writing around the web includes a broad range of topics such as food, pet health, feral cats, music and film. Sandra is also a fine art photographer, helps with animal rescue and TNR in her community, and volunteers as a DJ at her local radio station.