Orlando is a world-famous tourist destination. Every year, millions of people from all over the world come here to enjoy Disney World and other attractions in the area. None of these individuals embark on vacations thinking they will be injured, but inevitably, some suffer injuries while they are here.
It can be more stressful to be injured while on vacation than it is at home because you are in an unfamiliar location, away from your familiar doctor, and unaware of the applicable laws. It is important that if you choose to file a personal injury claim after a vacation accident that you work with a lawyer who has experience handling personal injury claims in that area.
Examples of Tourist Injuries
Some of the accidents that can happen on vacation are the same as accidents that can occur at home, such as the following:
- Car accidents;
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents;
- Slips and falls; and
- Dog Bites.
You also could be at a higher risk of suffering in other types of accidents while on vacation, such as the following:
- Drowning and other pool accidents at your resort pool;
- Injuries due to amusement park ride malfunctions; and
- Food poisoning, because you cannot know how the food consumed in restaurants and other food vendors was handled or stored prior to serving.
What to Do if you are Injured on Vacation
Anytime you are injured, it is important that you seek medical attention for the injury as soon as possible. In a case of a fairly minor injury, seek first aid from the clinic in your resort. For an emergency, go to the nearest emergency room.
If you were injured on private property due to a feature of the property, such as an amusement park ride, a swimming pool, wildlife or plants on the property, or even something as simple as a walkway or staircase, the property’s owner or management may be liable for your damages. This type of personal injury claim is known as a premises liability claim and often, tourist injuries fall into this category.
Get as much evidence of your accident as you can in the moments after it occurs. This can be photographs 0f your injury or the conditions that caused it, contact information for witnesses to the accident, and a copy of the accident record filed with the resort. If you decide to pursue a personal injury claim, your lawyer can help you obtain other pieces of evidence to support it, such as video surveillance footage or testimony from an expert witness.
Work with an Experienced Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer
Nobody expects to be injured on vacation, but it happens all the time. When you are on vacation, you are in an unknown place and potentially inhibited by the alcohol you consume. After you have received the medical care you need for your injury, contact an experienced Orlando personal injury lawyer to discuss pursuing your claim in Florida. To learn more, schedule your initial consultation with The Benenati Law Firm.