We stay at a resort for a simple reason: a vacation and we generally expect resorts to be 100% safe to guarantee a stress-free and relaxing stay.
In particular, Caribbean resorts are known for providing a fun and exciting holiday at a reasonable price, but when we get into accidents, the ensuing medical and other costs can be very high.
Many resorts, even those that are considered five stars with a solid reputation, fail to exercise reasonable care, putting guests at high risk of accidents.
Injuries incurred while just walking in the resort or engaging in activities like boating, golfing, parasailing, scuba diving, and swimming may be the result of the resort not maintaining proper standards of safety, cleanliness, training, or supervision.
When accidents do happen, obtaining appropriate financial compensation can be complicated. Many Caribbean resorts require guests to sign waivers and other documents upon check-in. These waivers may have the role to reduce or eliminate any right to sue the resort, in the event of an accident.
Most resorts, especially the five-star ones, are equipped with a team of legal experts and insurers who will work to minimize the cost of your complaint or even deny your compensation altogether. When an injury happens at a Caribbean resort, it's important to contact an attorney without delay, to ensure that your rights are protected.
Aruba Resort Dock Collapse Injury
Daniel D. was vacationing in Aruba when a dock collapse sent him to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The railing of the dock collapsed while he was standing on the dock, and he fell into the water. As a result, he broke his clavicle and his shoulder, requiring corrective surgery, and also damaged his back. When structures are not built code compliant or properly maintained, they can collapse resulting in serious injuries and even death. Defective construction materials, improper maintenance, and design are typical causes of dock collapse accidents.
For example, property owners and construction companies didn't use materials that can withstand the humidity and the salty air when building a dock. If codes are not followed, materials succumb to erosion much faster, leading to weaker platforms, railings, joists and other integral parts.
The law requires resorts to ensure the safety of their guests, making owners and management responsible for any accidents caused by defective property conditions. In other words, if you were on vacation at a resort, and you were injured, you may have a personal injury claim.
Other types of Resort Accidents
Here are some examples of other resort accidents:
- 25 people were hurt after an explosion ripped through a ferry as it unloaded passengers in the Caribbean beach city of Playa del Carmen.
- At least 10 people were injured after a ski lift at a resort in Georgia malfunctioned.
- A man filed a lawsuit against a hotel, alleging that he tripped and fell on metal piping in the parking garage, sustaining serious injuries.
- Because the stairs of the main staircase were very dusty due to construction in the building and there were no safety grip strips to prevent or slow a slip, a man slid on the slippery marble floor of a resort, falling down 3 steps.
- A boy's foot was sucked into the space between the sidewall and the step of a resort escalator, becoming badly entangled. Once he was freed, the boy spent two days at the hospital.
- A four-year-old boy died after he was discovered in a hot tub at a Lake Tahoe resort.
- While she was sitting in the resort lobby, a rusty blade of the large ceiling fan fell down suddenly on a woman and struck her, resulting in a head injury.
- A man was thrown off his inner tube in the cannon bowl ride at a water park resort. As he was being flushed out, the inner tube was stuck on top of him. The force of the water instantly began to drown him. He blacked out and was thrown down the exit tube striking his head numerous times.
How to Hold the Resort Liable for Your Injuries?
The owner of the resort and its management has a duty to prevent injuries and minimize risks associated with dangerous conditions. For example, to clean the floor when its surface becomes wet and slippery to prevent slip and fall accidents.
Liability for resort accidents extends beyond the premises of a hotel building, as the owner of the resort may also be held liable for your injuries and damages if the accident took place on the dock, at the parking lot, garage, resort-owned shuttle bus, on-site restaurant, guest room, SPA room, swimming pool, and fitness facility.
Consult our skilled resort accident attorney at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary to launch an unbiased investigation into your claim. We represent people and families who have suffered catastrophic injuries or wrongful death due to the negligence of others. Call our Miami office at 305.416.9805 or complete this contact form.