Spring break is in full force as schools around the country are letting out for a week or two of vacation. For many people, especially young, college-age adults, this means taking a vacation to our warm shores with friends for activities such as festivals and parties. While the frivolity may be enjoyable for many, there’s also a significantly elevated risk of injury: the care-free atmosphere often encourages people to do things they wouldn’t normally do, and a lack of care or attention to their surroundings could lead to an accident that hurts someone.
Fortunately, you have rights as an injury victim if you are hurt while visiting Florida to celebrate spring break. On this blog, we’ll discuss them and give you valuable information you need to know to successfully pursue an injury claim. Here are a few of the most common types of injuries we see from vacationers here for spring break.
Cruise Ship Injuries
Florida is home to some of the largest cruise ship terminals in the world, servicing millions of passengers on various voyages throughout the year. Naturally, injuries can happen on board a ship, especially one packed with fellow cruisers, many of whom are also in the same celebratory mood (and who have likely consumed a decent amount of alcohol). If you’re injured while out at sea, you’ll want to speak to a Martin County personal injury attorney who has experience handling maritime law, which is a type of injury law that handles cases where the incident occurred in international waters. These cases are considerably more complex than your average auto accident or other type of injury, so you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out to legal counsel.
Events, Parties & More
Events require a lot of coordination, and much of this is because both premises owners and event organizers have a duty to keep their guests and patrons safe. For starters, premises owners will often mandate the use of extensive security because they could be held responsible for injuries through premises liability claims. Whether it’s an active night at a local bar or a major music festival, security is responsible for ensuring that everyone acts in a way that isn’t a danger to guests around them, and that anyone who does is removed immediately.
Additionally, if you’re injured due to someone else’s negligence while at a house party, you may be able to hold the person who injured you accountable, provided you can demonstrate that their actions were negligent. For example, anyone who knowingly gets behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated and proceeds to crash and cause injuries could be sued by those who are injured for their negligent conduct.
We’ve heard stories of people getting a little too crazy during spring break and waking up the following morning with a tattoo they can either vaguely remember getting, or perhaps not remember at all. While you don’t really have any legal recourse for your poor taste in artwork, you could be able to hold the parlor accountable if the tattoo becomes infected, resulting in illnesses and serious necessary medical treatment. While most artists take extremely delicate care of their equipment to make sure it’s safe and sanitary, there’s no guarantee you’ll select a reputable one every time, especially if you’re intoxicated.
Visiting from Out of State
So you’ve traveled to Florida from elsewhere and suffered an injury. What should you do? Fortunately, you do still have rights, but they may be a little tougher to enforce since you’ll likely need to file your suit here in the Sunshine State. For this reason, you should not delay in retaining an attorney in Florida who can represent you and work with you, even in the event you have to return home. They can often make sure that the proper paperwork is filed in the right Florida courts, provide you with knowledge of Florida’s injury laws, and much more.
If you’ve been injured while celebrating spring break,call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC at (866) 675-4427 to request a case evaluation and let us review your legal options with you!