Florida is one of the biggest vacation destinations in the United States. There are a variety of hotels, resorts, and spas for visitors, and many cruise ships leave from Florida ports. But when you’re a victim of negligence at one of these vacation spots or on a cruise ship, you can hold the negligent parties responsible for your injuries.
Resort and Hotel Injuries
Property owners have a duty of care to ensure that guests won’t get hurt on their property. In general, all property owners, caretakers, and staff should:
- Place signs around spills, slippery floors, or other trip hazards
- Provide handrails for staircases that are narrow, steep, or as required by law
- Repair any dangerous condition on the property such as broken concrete, or notify visitors with appropriate signs and warnings
- Maintain electrical or other equipment to ensure it functions properly
- Provide appropriate lighting in dark spaces for safety and security
- Provide adequate security against criminal acts such as violence, theft, or sexual assault
Slippery swimming pool areas, unsecured and dangerous equipment, frayed or worn carpeting, insect or pest infestations, and other unsafe conditions can all lead to devastating injuries for unsuspecting guests.
Cruise Ship Injuries
Cruise ships are considered floating resorts, and those responsible for passenger safety must obey many of the same rules about hazardous or unsafe conditions. There are unique situations on these ships that can lead to injuries, and if you’re far out at sea, the right kind of medical help may not be available. Some of the most common causes of injuries on cruise ships include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Crime, including robbery assaults, sexual assault, or other violent acts by the crew or other passengers
- Defective equipment aboard the ship
- Drownings or near-drownings—either in a shipboard swimming pool or off-ship while passengers swim at private islands or other locations while the ship is docked
- Medical malpractice from poor shipboard treatment and care
For most boating accident injury lawsuits in Florida, you have up to four years from the date of injury to make a claim, although it’s best to start the legal process as soon as possible. However, in the case of cruise ship injuries, the time frame can be significantly different. A variety of factors impact the statute of limitations, including what you agreed to in your “contract of carriage” when purchasing a ticket. For your case to have the best chance of success, it is extremely important to seek legal advice right away.
Recovering Damages After Your Injury
In any personal injury or premises liability lawsuit, your compensation may include expenses related to the injury, such as:
- Emergency medical treatment and follow-up care
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Long-term care needs, including medication and support
- Skilled nursing assistance, home care, or nursing home expenses
- Repair or replacement of your personal property lost in the accident
- Lost wages while you recover
- Loss of future income if you can no longer work
You may also be able to receive compensation for the pain and suffering or mental anguish. Speak to a personal injury attorney to determine your eligibility for these types of damages.
Have You Been Injured In A Boating Accident?
If you've been hurt in a boating accident you need to speak with an experienced Florida boat accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Coral Springs office directly at 954.755.7803 to schedule your free consultation. We proudly serve Florida residents including all of Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County and all points in between.