A Twisted Ankle While on Vacation

by admin on September 10, 2010


I was staying at the Best Western in Savanah GA and got hurt. I was walking towards the AC inorder to lower it when the floor around the AC caved in. The carpet held and I rolled my ankle under the AC I immediately called the desk clerk to see what happened. All she could say was file a report in the morning and we are going to move you into another room. This was at midnight and she didnt even help me move or offer first aid or an ambulance. When i called to see if there was an ace bandage all I got was attitude. there was a incident report done the next day. is there anything I can do? My ankle still huts and my vacation was ruined for me and my kids!!


David, I am an accident injury attorney in Florida specializing in car accident, trip and slip/falls,and work related injury claims.  I am not licensed to practice in Georgia.  The laws in Georgia may be different than in Florida, so it is always best to speak with somebody in that area to get more information.

I’m not sure if I completely understand how your accident happened.  Your email says the floor caved in, but also says the carpet was somehow involved.  If the injury occurred due to the floor caving in, the hotel is definitely responsible for damages that you incurred.  The hotel owes a duty to its customers to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition, and warn its guests of dangerous conditions which it knew about, or should have known about.  A floor that caves in is type dangerous condition that the hotel should have known about, and taken steps to correct the problem.

In Florida, there are different types of damages you can recover. These include money damages for any injuries you may have suffered, medical bills in the past and future, lost wages – past and future,and pain and suffering. The value of your claim depends on the severity of the injury, and the extent of your expenses and lost wages.

The best advice I can give you is to speak with a Georgia attorney specializing in premises liability accidents to see whether you should pursue a claim.  An experienced accident and injury lawyer is going to know the laws which apply and how best to proceed.  Most accident injury lawyers handle cases on a contingent basis which means if the lawyer does not recover any money for your claim, there is no charge for costs or attorney’s fees.  Most Florida accident injury lawyers will also offer a free, no-obligation consultation, so you have nothing to lose by meeting to discuss your claim.

An experienced accident injury lawyer will also know how to assist you in getting, and paying for, medical care.  You can use your health insurance if you have it, the insurance company for the property owner may have medical payments coverage which would pay for some of your bills, or the lawyer may be able to arrange for your medical care to be reimbursed out of the proceeds of any settlement you receive.

It is best to explore making a claim soon after the accident occurred.  In Florida, you have four years from the date of the accident to bring a claim. However, you don’t want to wait that long as witnesses disappear and their memories fade, employee witnesses move on to different jobs, and evidence can be lost.  Your attorney will also want to get pictures of the area where you fell before any repairs are made to it, although if the floor caved in, the hotel has most likely fixed it by now.

About the Author:
South Florida Attorney Joseph M. Maus and Associates has been helping victims of injuries and accidents for close to 18 years. The firm prides itself on having the resources and experience of the largest state-wide law firms, yet providing individualized attention to each and every client.
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