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Florida is one of the top tourism destinations in the world. In one recent year, Florida drew 94.7 million visitors and generated $76 billion in tourism dollars, according to the state’s tourism marketing agency.
The many vacation and resort companies in Florida work hard to draw visitors. These companies owe a duty of safety to each one of those visitors. If conditions at a resort property are unsafe due to neglect or faulty design, and a visitor is injured as a result, the visitor has a right to pursue just compensation.
At Frank M. Eidson, P.A., our legal team has the skill, experience and resources to represent resort property injury victims in premises liability claims in Orlando, Winter Park and throughout Florida. We work with both in-state and out-of-state clients. If you have suffered a personal injury at a Florida vacation property, contact us today to receive a free review of your case.
A resort property personal injury claim may involve such accidents as:
You may be surprised to know that there is virtually no governmental oversight of the operations at Disney World, Epcot, Universal Studios, Sea World and similar large amusement and theme parks. Florida allows them to inspect and regulate themselves. They are not even required to report accidents such as those that happen on rides that are caused by operator error or mechanical failure.
Thousands of cruises carrying hundreds of thousands of passengers depart ports in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, Jacksonville and Tampa every year. Passengers on cruise ships are easily and often injured due to collisions, groundings and sinking as well as fires, slip-and-falls, foodborne illnesses and assaults.
It’s important to note that, once away from shore, cruise lines are governed by two complicated areas of laws – personal injury and maritime law. Furthermore, there are special laws that apply only to cruise ships.
Vacationers rent accommodations at hotels, motels, condos and campgrounds throughout Florida, expecting to relax and recuperate. They should not be subject to injuries because of lax facility maintenance, poor security or hazards such as unguarded pools or other water features that attract children. Many accidents at vacation properties are caused by staff that are negligent or not properly trained or equipped.
Activities like jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, motocross, horseback riding, Segway tours and other outdoor sports and recreational activities have inherent risks. Participants must be made aware of those risks. Additionally, guides must be properly trained, and equipment should be in safe, working order.
Guides are responsible for ensuring weather and other conditions are safe. They must also instruct participants in the use of equipment, judge prospective participants’ abilities and adequately advise those who may be at increased risk of accident and injury.
Accidents involving motorized vehicles are common occurrences and can involve tour vehicles or rented vehicles, including buses, vans, jeeps, boats, hydrofoils and helicopters. Tour and rental operators have a responsibility to maintain vehicles and ensure employees who operate tour vehicles are not negligent or reckless.
Resort and vacation property owners and amusement companies owe a duty of safety to their customers. They cannot simply open their doors to the public and pay little attention to safety precautions. They should be held responsible when someone is hurt due to their negligence.
In many cases, a resort property owner is a large corporation with deep pockets that allows them to fight claims. This is why you need an attorney who will aggressively protect your rights and fight for the compensation you are due.
If you have been injured on resort property in Orlando or elsewhere in Florida, whether as an in-state or out-of-state visitor, contact Frank M. Eidson, P.A. We can discuss your case in a free and confidential consultation.