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Are Florida Resorts Safe? Ways to Hold Resorts Liable for Accidents

Posted on by in Personal Injury


We stay at a resort for a simple reason: a vacation. Accordingly, we expect resorts to be 100% safe and guarantee a stress-free and relaxing stay.

Unfortunately, many resorts, even those considered to be "five stars", with a solid reputation, may fail to exercise reasonable care, putting guests at high risk of accidents.

Florida resorts are known for providing a fun and exciting holiday at a reasonable price. Yet, when accidents do happen, we may find ourselves overwhelmed by the ensuing costs.

Injuries incurred while just walking in the resort or engaging in activities such as boating, golfing, parasailing, scuba diving, and swimming may be the result of the establishment not maintaining proper standards of safety, cleanliness, training, or supervision.

When accidents do happen, obtaining just amounts of financial compensation can be complicated. Many Florida 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 retreats, especially the five-star ones, are equipped with a team of legal experts and insurers who will work to minimize the cost of your claim or even deny your compensation altogether. When an injury happens at a Miami resort, it's important to contact an attorney without delay, to ensure that your rights are protected.

Resort Dock Collapse Injury

Daniel D. was vacationing at a resort 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, accidents happened when 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 Florida Resort Accidents

Here are some other examples of resort accidents:

  • A diving accident at a Key West resort left a man quadriplegic. He sued the resort's owners for not having posted signs warning of shallow water.
  • A nurse on vacation slipped and fell outside a major resort hotel in Orlando on a painted walkway covered in rainwater. She fractured a kneecap that required a surgical repair. The flooring was not non-skid and no signs or cones were warning that this was a dangerous area.
  • A woman sustained permanent, life-changing injuries after a slip-and-fall accident at a Key West resort when using a swimming pier with entry into the see. She suffered a broken arm.
  • A Kentucky woman was injured after falling in the pool area of a Miami resort and filed a negligence lawsuit against the resort.
  • A man filed a slip and fall lawsuit against Disney World for an accident that occurred when he visited the theme park in Orlando, Florida.
  • A Tampa man working in an elevator shaft at a resort in St Pete Beach was killed when the elevator fell on him and crushed him.

How Can You Hold the Florida Resort Liable for Your Injuries?

The owner of the resort and its management have 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 a fitness facility.

Consult our skilled Florida 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 or complete this contact form and we'll be in touch shortly.

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