Summer is upon us, and it’s peak swimming pool season in the sunshine state. Although swimming is a great way to cool off and get some exercise, it can also be dangerous. Statistics show three children die every day from swimming pool accidents, and many more people sustain serious injuries. In many cases, these tragic [..]
Hurt on Spring Break in Florida Due to Negligence? Fight Back
For millions of people across the country, the months of March and April mean one thing more than any other: spring break. A vacation celebrating the coming of spring and – for many – the end of icy temperatures and seemingly endless snow.
The spring breakers of today are not just college kids either – or even high schoolers. They are families. Business people. Anyone who is trying to cure themselves of the doldrums associated with this part of the year and cut loose a bit.
Nowhere is spring break bigger than right here in Florida. In 2018, 2.9 million were expected to visit Orlando alone. Ft. Lauderdale and Miami also made the most recent AAA list of top 10 spring break destinations.
Many look forward to spring break all year long, which makes it even more unfortunate that so many spring break vacations end in disaster.
Just one telling statistic: from the last week of February through the first week of April (a timeframe that covers the vast majority of spring break vacations), traffic fatalities in the most popular spring break vacations increase by 9.1 percent.
Spring break injuries cost people millions every year in medical bills, lost work and school, and more. Worse, the experienced injury attorneys at The Injury Law Firm of South Florida have dealt with countless spring break accidents, and they can tell you from firsthand knowledge that the vast majority of injuries are completely preventable. In other words, they happen because someone behaves in a negligent manner that leads to another person getting hurt – or, in the worst scenarios, killed.
We believe that this is completely unacceptable. Life is hard enough without having to pay for the mistakes of others, and you should not have to do it. Everyone should be held accountable for their own actions.
Thankfully, the state of Florida has provisions in place that allow people to fight for that accountability. If you or someone you love is hurt on spring break due to another’s negligence, you can take them to court and ask for compensation for the damages you have suffered.
Why You Should Seek Compensation for a Florida Spring Break Injury
There is a strong sense of personal responsibility that defines our society, which can cause many people to feel like they should not seek compensation if they are hurt in an accident. After all, accidents are accidents. They happen. Is it fair to try to get someone else to pay for your injury?
Short answer: absolutely. It is not about getting paid for being hurt, but accountability, fairness and the betterment of society.
Let’s break it down. Why should you fight for compensation if you are hurt due to another’s negligence?
If negligence is involved, it is not just an “accident.”
Negligence means that someone had a duty to behave in a certain way. The accident occurred because they neglected that duty.
Pointing this out is sometimes the only way to get people to not only take responsibility but realize their responsibility in the first place.
If someone crashed their car into your house, you would expect them (or their insurance company) to pay for it, right?
After all, they caused the damage. It is their fault. So why should it be any different if another’s negligence results in you getting hurt?
Fighting for compensation to cover the cost of your damages is not about getting a paycheck because you got hurt. It is about fairness and justice and not letting yourself get dragged down because someone else made a mistake that negatively impacted you.
Many injuries caused by negligence occur due to bad behaviors and practices that have been in place for years – decades even.
Perhaps those engaging in the specific behaviors and practices have gotten lucky, and no one has been hurt until now. Or maybe others have been hurt, and they just have not done anything to fight for their rights.
The only way to get people to change dangerous practices is to make them realize that it is not worth it to continue them. One way to do that? Hit them in their pocketbook.
Your actions could end up preventing countless people just like you from suffering the same fate.
What If You’re Partially to Blame for Your Spring Break Injury in Florida?
One of the bigger reasons many people decide not to fight for compensation is because they blame themselves for getting hurt. Sometimes, this is just blatantly wrong. People feel too ashamed or embarrassed by what happened to fight back, so they take the “punishment” even when they do not deserve it.
But what if you know that you engaged in behavior that contributed to you getting hurt? There’s certainly plenty of that going around on spring break.
Let’s look at a hypothetical situation. You were partying with your friends at a club, and all of you were drinking. While dancing, you notice a huge spill where someone dropped their drink, so you avoid it. Later, though, when you were not paying attention, you slipped on the same spill.
You might blame yourself because you were drinking. But is that valid? What about the responsibility of the club owner to clean up dangers on their premises, especially ones that have been there for a while?
Under Florida law, it’s possible that both you and the owner bear some responsibility. It all depends on the specifics of the situation. What that means, though, is that you could potentially be found, say, 30 percent responsible for the accident, while the owner is 70 percent responsible. If you win damages of $100,000, that means you will receive 70 percent of that amount, or $70,000.
How do you know your level of responsibility? The best way to know is to consult with a skilled Florida injury attorney.
Let The Injury Law Firm of South Florida Get You Compensation for Your Spring Break Accident
Suffering an injury while in Florida on spring break is probably going to ruin your trip. There is not much you can do to get around that. However, if you are seriously hurt by another’s actions and you do not push for compensation, it is likely to ruin far more than just your vacation.
A serious injury can easily cost tens or even hundreds of thousands in medical bills. It costs you in the time you have to take off of work or school to recover and go to all of your doctor’s appointments. You pay in pain and suffering.
If the injury in question is permanent or debilitating, you might be unable to engage in certain activities for the rest of your life – another huge loss.
These are not costs that you should bear on your own if another is responsible, but you will likely have to fight for them to take accountability. At The Injury Law Firm of South Florida, we have helped countless people just like you to get the compensation they need and deserve to put their lives back together and move on. We can help you, too, but it starts with you getting in touch with us.
Set up a free initial consultation and case review today by filling out our easy online form or calling: