Florida is a world-renowned vacation spot, with famous beaches and resorts located across the state. South Florida boasts near-endless vacation opportunities, including swimming, boating, snorkeling, diving, golf, and more. Go further north in the state to Orlando and the resort destinations are almost too many to count. Vacations are intended to be a time to relax, have fun, enjoy time with family and loved ones – and above all else – to leave daily life behind for a short while. Resorts should be, and usually are, a place to achieve all those goals for a great vacation.
Unfortunately, hundreds of people suffer injuries in Florida resorts every year. The causes of such injuries range from ordinary slips and falls to serious accidents during dangerous recreational activities. Resort companies have a duty to provide a safe environment for their guests, so people injured in a resort accident may have a legal right to compensation for their damages. Contact a Florida resort accident attorney for assistance in assessing your damages and liability, and fighting for your just compensation.
Resort Accident Liability
Under the legal doctrine of premises liability, property owners who invite people onto their property have a responsibility to provide a safe environment. A property owner must make reasonable efforts to repair dangerous conditions, or to prevent dangerous conditions from occurring. They also have a duty to warn guests of hazards on the property that could cause injury. A property owner or manager who fails to fulfill any of these responsibilities may be liable for a guest’s injuries.
Because resorts often feature “attractions” that might draw uninvited guest, resort owners may also have liability to certain types of trespassers, if they fail to properly secure the premises. The “attractive nuisance” doctrine holds a property owner liable for failing to prevent young children from accessing premises that would normally attract kids, resulting in injury. Florida has an abundance of swimming pools and theme park rides that clearly fit the definition of an “attractive nuisance.”
Resort owners may also be liable for negligent actions of their employees, if the action is part of the employee’s usual job duties. A boating accident due to the negligence of a resort employee, for example, may allow an injured guest to recover damages from the resort.
Visitors to resorts often participate in activities that they would not ordinarily do, since they are on vacation. This can lead to particularly severe injuries in some cases. Resorts may ask guests to sign agreements to release the resort from liability for injuries, but this may not cover the resort in cases of particularly gross negligence. Resort accidents and injuries may include:
- Ordinary slip and fall;
- Falls from diving or other activities, resulting in brain or spinal cord injuries; or
- Boating or swimming accidents causing injury or drowning.
The Deerfield Beach injury attorneys at Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. represent people in Palm Beach and Broward County who have been injured by dangerous conditions on someone’s property. Contact the firm through this website or at 954-428-9333 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.