Tourism and agriculture are the two top industries in Florida. Their union gave rise to a new and prosperous industry - agritourism that brings a significant contribution to our state's economy, increasing farmers' revenues and exploits.
However, many accidents take place in agritourism and, if you work in this industry or benefit from its services, you should know your rights in case you get injured. Learn more about agritourism in Florida and your rights to file a personal injury claim if you suffer an accident caused by an agritourism operator.
Who is Responsible for a Work Accident in Agritourism?
In any field of activity including Florida's agritourism industry, accidents can always happen, and clients or employees may be exposed to the dangers related to agricultural practices. Therefore, agritourism operators have to be aware of the potential liability they face if people get injured while taking part in the activities their business provides or if their employees get hurt on the job. To this point, the law establishes certain boundaries and regulations that aim to protect people.
Thus, the laws ensure people's rights in case of injuries caused by animals, equipment, or land-related activities during agritourism practices. Since participating in these activities may cause injuries, for example, if a person gets hit or bitten by an animal, or injured by a machine, certain boundaries were necessary in order to establish when the operator might be held liable. It is, therefore, the operator's duty to diligently inform clients and employees of all the potential risks that may arise from participating in agritourism activities.
However, under no circumstances can an operator be found responsible for injury, damage, or death of a participant in an agritourism activity if a warning notice was previously posted on the land where the incident occurred. The said sign must be posted in a visible location, contain letters of at least one inch, and have a contrast that is strong enough to make it visible for visitors.
Yet, in cases dealing with gross negligence or deliberate actions that cause damage and injuries to those who take part in agritourism activities conducted at the operator's location, the operator is held liable and can be executed as per the civil law.
Florida Agritourism Industry Facts
- Florida's landscape and natural resources allow our state to exploit agritourism as a source of revenue.
- There are more than 47,000 farms in our state which produce around 300 commodities that represent a valuable source for the community.
- Agriculture, which is the second most prosperous industry in Florida after tourism, is a significant source of revenue that accounts for more than & 120 billion dollars each year.
- Around 2 million citizens in our state are employed in agriculture.
These numbers show the strong impact agriculture has on our economy and represent the basis of the natural development of the correlated agritourism industry that was born on this fertile land.
Some of the companies that provide agritourism services in Florida include:
- 12 Palms
- 31 Produce & Mining Co.
- Accipiter Enterprises
- Aunt Louise's Farm
- Bedner's Farm Fresh Market
- BerryStacks Hydroponic U-Pick Farm
- Marine Aqua Farms
- NatureWalk Ranch Boer Goats
- Sweet Blossom Alpaca Farm
- The Black Hammock
Who Can Be Sued?
If you are employed by or you benefit from an agritourism operator's services and you suffer an accident due to their negligence, lack of proper signage and information, or to a defective product or machinery you were allowed to use, you might be entitled to file a personal injury claim.
Different parties can be held responsible:
- The operator for failing to provide proper warning signage for customers or due training to its employees
- The manufacturer who produced the defective products that caused the injuries
For any loss, damage, or personal injury that you've suffered while taking part in an agritourism activity, you should contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary. Our experienced attorneys can provide a professional free case evaluation, help you understand if you have a potential claim and can fight aggressively for your compensatory rights in case you do.
We offer skillful legal assistance in personal injury cases resulting from various industry-related accidents across Florida. We do not serve any industries and do not represent companies, only injured individuals.