In Florida and other states, hotels and motels are everywhere. Many parents do not realize it but there dangers at hotels and motels where there are balconies. Children typically like balconies as they give a view of the rest of the hotel, the pool, the beach, and other fun areas to watch. Children have poor safety awareness and judgment. As such, there are reports of children falling from balconies or out of windows. In Daytona Beach, Florida, it was reported that an 8 year old girl fell off a Comfort Inn and Suites balcony. She was complained of back pain after falling from the first floor balcony. ( See 8 Year Old Falls from Hotel Balcony in Daytona Beach, Florida).
When staying a a hotel, parents should check for the following:
*safety bars and locks on sliding doors / doors to the balcony;
*proper railing around the sides of the balcony; and
*furniture on the balcony (when possible, keep furniture a distance from the railing).
In addition, parents should supervise children on or near balconies to insure the safety of children.
If a child has been injured as a result of an improperly maintained hotel or motel or the negligence of others, contact a Florida Child Injury Lawyer for advice, consultation, and representation.