People go on vacation to get away from it all and to unwind. They don’t expect to suffer an injury, yet each year thousands of people suffer serious harm while traveling. Common injuries include:
- Cruise ship injuries. Understaffing, poor security, and cost cutting measures can lead to slip and fall accidents, food poisoning, exposure to illnesses, and even incidents of people going overboard. Because cruise ship companies are often incorporated overseas, and incidents can happen in international waters or in other countries’ waters, it requires an experienced attorney to get compensation after this type of injury.
- Taxi injuries. Many travelers rely on taxis, shuttles, rideshare services, and other forms of transit to get from the airport to their hotel or to get around town. When drivers are inexperienced, poorly trained, or reckless, they can get into traffic accidents which can leave travelers shaken and seriously injured.
- Car rental injuries. Car rentals are a convenient way to get around on your vacation. However, some companies have been accused of being negligent in maintaining their fleets. In addition, travelers may not be familiar with local roads, so when these roads are not correctly designed or have poor signage, serious collisions can occur. Being in a car collision far from home is terrifying, which is why working with a good local attorney can help.
- Amusement park injuries. Amusement parks and theme parks are a major draw for travelers coming to Florida. Each year, amusement parks unveil new rides which are more extreme than those of previous years. These companies have an obligation to make sure that no matter how thrilling the ride, visitors are safe. Despite this, amusement park injuries happen each year. They can include roller coaster ride injuries, drownings, trip and fall accidents, food poisoning, and other injuries which can be quite serious.
- Tour injuries. With so many waterways, Florida’s a popular place for boat tours. In addition, there are other adventures that can take you gliding, sailing, diving, and can help you experience many other different types of activities. Tour operators have an obligation to make sure that you are safe when trying something new. If they fail to take care of your safety, they can be held liable.
- Hotel and accommodation injuries. Whether you’re staying at a motel, hotel, vacation rental, or any other accommodation, the owners of the property are expected to properly maintain the premises and offer security features that keep you safe. If they don’t and you’re injured as a result, you may have a claim.
What To Do After a Vacation Injury
If you’re injured while traveling, first get medical attention if you need it. There are many local emergency rooms and urgent care centers that can help you if you have sustained a serious injury. You will also want to document your injury, including taking pictures of the surrounding area where the injury happened.
You will want to report the injury and take steps to protect your rights to pursue compensation. Since you may not be familiar with local laws, a good resource in this situation is to contact a personal injury attorney who can help you through the steps and who can keep pursuing your claim, even when you return home.
If you have been injured on vacation and need an attorney, call Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 or contact us online. Our team has used our more than 60 years of combined experience to recover over $100 million for our clients. If you’ve been injured, our offices in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood are here for you. We’d be happy to offer a free, no obligation consultation so we can review your potential claim.