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Injured Away from Home on Vacation

Suffering an injury away from home while on vacation can be very difficult and intimidating. It is important for a tourist who is injured in Florida to contact a Florida personal injury attorney to determine if he or she has a case, what his or her rights are in Florida, and to determine what to do when they return to their home state or country. Contact our tourist injury law department today.

Tourist Injuries

Many injuries while on a Florida vacation occur on another person’s property or at a place of business, such as an amusement park, hotel, grocery store, department store, recreational facility, restaurant, sports stadium, bar, or nightclub. These injuries can include

  • Slip and fall accident
  • Being hit by falling merchandise
  • Unsafe amusement park rides
  • Complications from tattoos or piercings, cosmetic treatments, or athletic injuries
  • Assault at a place of business due to negligent security
  • Poor parking lot or sidewalk maintenance
  • Unsafe stairways or handrails
  • Accidents at construction sites
  • Injuries or wrongful death occurring in or around swimming pools
  • Dog bites or animal attacks
Injuries resulting from these types of tourist injuries may give rise to a premises liability claim. Some claims a visitor to Florida may have against the owner or person in possession of the property include the following:

  • Negligently maintaining the property
  • Inadequate or negligent security
  • Failure to warn of a dangerous condition
  • Wrongful death for a death occurring on another’s property or place of business
  • Strict liability for dog bites/animal attacks
  • Spouse’s Loss of Consortium Claim (depending on the circumstances)
  • Parent’s Filial Consortium Claim (depending on the circumstances)
For additional information, review our list of Frequent Asked Questions regarding Tourist Injuries.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Some injuries on a Florida vacation occur while travelling on Florida roads. Numerous tourists are injured each year as the result of motor vehicle accidents, which can include:

  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents (including Semi-tractor trailer accidents)
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
Several claims can arise as the result of a tourist sustaining an injury in a motor vehicle accident occurring in Florida. Some of these include:

  • Personal injury claims
  • Property damage claims
  • Wrongful death claims (if a fatality is involved)
  • Spouse’s Loss of Consortium Claim (depending on the circumstances)
  • Parent’s Filial Consortium Claim (depending on the circumstances)
If you and your spouse are injured on Florida's roads, it may be important for you to know whether or not your home state allows for spousal litigation or has laws regarding spousal immunity . You may be able to reclaim the costs of medical care for personal injury even if your insurance policy has a family exclusion.

Injured while Visiting Florida

If you are visiting Florida and are injured due to the negligence or intentional act of another, it is vital that you seek medical attention for your injuries immediately. It is important that you continue to receive all necessary medical attention and care while your case is pending.

It is also important that you speak with a Florida tourist attorney regarding your medical care. If you are visiting Florida from out of state, it is important that you receive your initial care in Florida and follow up with a doctor in your home state. If you are visiting Florida from another country, it is important you receive your initial care in Florida and speak with a lawyer regarding your follow up medical care. Sometimes doctors in other countries do not have the same paperwork requirements as doctors in the United States. This could result in certain aspects of your condition or treatment not being documented to the extent the court requires.

A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

It is vital that you speak with a Florida injury attorney regarding your medical care. There is the possibility the doctor providing your care will have to be videotaped or required to come to Florida to testify, so it is important to communicate with the attorney what might be needed of you and what you may need.

A claim can be filed on your behalf without you being present in the state. However, if suit is filed, you may be required to return to Florida. An experienced Florida tourist lawyer will be able to discuss this possibility with you.

If you areon vacation from another state or country and were injured in Florida as a result of someone else’s negligence or intentional act, contact the experienced attorneys at the Coye Law Firm, who can assess your situation and help you determine if you have a claim and how to proceed. Our attorneys are experienced in assistance with the unique aspects of a tourist injury case.

The Coye Law Firm has offices in Orlando, Clermont, Kissimmee and Melbourne to handle peronsal injury cases from anywhere in Florida. If you have been injured while visiting Florida from another state or country, contact one of our attorneys today.