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Injured While Vacationing in Florida? We Can Help You Fight Back
Imagine your perfect vacation. Does it include warm, sandy beaches? Family-friendly amusement parks? Amazing night life? Romantic strolls? Great food from around the world? Arts? Culture?
For all of these reasons and more, over 88 million people visited the State of Florida in 2017 – a new record. No two people come here for the same reason, and there is something here for absolutely everyone.
While everyone wants something slightly different out of their Florida vacation though, there are a number of things that absolutely no one wants. Accidents. Injuries. Illnesses. Time spent in doctor’s offices and hospitals instead of sipping daquiris.
As experienced Florida personal injury lawyers who have helped many tourists over the years, this is something that we can say with absolute certainty. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happens to a surprisingly high percentage of people when they travel.
Many of these accidents are just that – accidents – but sometimes there is something darker at work. In some cases, it is the negligent acts of others that causes people to suffer accident and injury.
That is where The Injury Law Firm of South Florida comes in. We wholeheartedly believe that no one should ever have to pay for the mistake of another. If someone’s negligence led to damages for you or a loved one, we will do everything in our power to help you hold them accountable and recover the compensation you need and deserve.
Why Should You File a Florida Personal Injury Suit If You’re Hurt on Vacation?
Most people do not really understand what it means to suffer serious injury due to the actions of someone else. They do not know what victims have to endure. The pain and suffering. The long hours, days, or weeks spent getting medical care. The high cost of that medical care. The days you take off work or school while recovering. The list goes on and on.
The idea that another party did this to you can be infuriating and saddening.
Why should you file a personal injury lawsuit? So many reasons.
To hold them accountable. If someone hurts you, it’s natural and reasonable to want justice. Often, the only way to get justice is to file a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the outcome, you may be able to get them to admit responsibility and even issue an apology.
To change practices. If another party’s negligence or recklessness caused you to get hurt, that means they were behaving in a way that led to the incident. Often, those behaviors are not just a one-time thing. Whether you are talking about a person who drives drunk and hits you or a company that puts off maintenance, it is probably something that has happened before – and may have been going on for a while.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit gives you the chance to shine a light on an issue and convince those responsible that they need to change. When injury claims are successful in this way, they can save lives.
To recover lost money. Society at large often grumbles or jokes about the big payouts that some accident victims get, but they miss the point. It is not about getting paid because you got hurt. It is about recovering lost money and being compensated for everything you have gone through. Those things we listed above – medical bills, lost work, and so on – all cost money. Many people who suffer severe injuries also require ongoing care, so the compensation you receive must take that into account as well.
Bottom line? Getting hurt can put a huge dent in your finances. Compensation is a way of buffing that dent out and putting things back to normal.
Types of Florida Vacation Injuries Our Lawyers Can Help You With
In many ways, the types of injuries you might suffer while on vacation are not that different than those you could endure at home. A slip or a fall. Pool accidents. Car crashes. Injuries due to defective products. Incidents where your children suffer injury.
Some of the most common types of cases we help tourists deal with include:
- Abuse from resort staff members
- Amusement park injuries
- Attacks from animals
- Bar fight or other night club injuries due to poor security
- Bicycle accidents that occur on resorts
- Burn injuries
- Campground accidents
- Charter boat abandonment or negligence
- Daycare/childcare negligence
- Helicopter crashes
- Horseback riding accidents
- Hotel elevator injuries
- Infections from hot tubs or swimming pools that were not properly maintained
- Lifeguard truck accidents
- Parasailing injuries
- Parking lot injuries
- Poor hotel conditions (particularly in Miami Beach and South Beach)
- Robbery or sexual assault resulting from poor security
- Roller coaster injuries
- Sports injury (including injuries on golf courses)
- Swimming and pool accidents
- Tour bus accidents
- Waterslide injury at water parks
What often makes vacation injuries different is who you face on the other side of the aisle. Many popular tourist destinations are owned by large corporations with deep pockets and an army of aggressive lawyers who want nothing more than to squash your lawsuit quickly and quietly.
To fight back against that kind of foe, you need attorneys who not only understand how these types of cases work, but who have a strong track record of success in handling them. There is a reason our lawyers get such glowing testimonials – we get results for our clients.
Why You Should Contact The Injury Law Firm of South Florida to Handle Your Vacation Injury Claim
If you were injured while vacationing in Florida, chances are good you are not local. That may mean you are from another state, or it could mean you traveled here from somewhere else in the world.
Whatever your situation, if you want to file an injury lawsuit in Florida, the law requires you to work with a lawyer who is licensed in the state. Even if that were not the case, it would be in your best interest to hire someone local, so they can properly investigate. Our attorneys not only know the area well but are well-versed in the best ways to gather and preserve evidence.
The final reason you should contact us? Time is limited. Florida’s statute of limitations for most types of personal injury cases is four years. If you miss that deadline, you will most likely have your case thrown out.
Really, though, the sooner you start putting together your case, the better. We are happy to talk about why and go over the facts of your case in more detail as soon as you are ready. Get in touch with our office and we will set up a free initial consultation to let you know what options are available.