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What to Do If You’re Injured While on Vacation in Florida


The state of Florida boasts some of the most popular tourism destinations in the country, hosting over 111 million US vacationers in 2018. For perspective, that is roughly 1 in 3 Americans who have discovered the magic of Walt Disney World, jet skied along the 800-plus miles of our beaches, boarded a cruise ship, or experienced nightlife on South Beach.

While we wish nothing but happy memories for tourists visiting the sunshine state, it is the unfortunate reality that sometimes accidents occur that go beyond a minor travel inconvenience and result in significant, life altering damages. Should something like this happen to you or a loved one, we want to make sure you know your legal options and rights.

If you are injured while on vacation in Florida, you are entitled to the same compensation as a local Florida resident.  Whether you’re from New York, Pennsylvania, Colombia, Mexico, or China, you have the same legal rights as a local Floridian when it comes to filing a personal injury lawsuit.  Compensation for a vacation accident or injury, just like an in-state personal injury claim, may include:

  • Medical costs (past and future)
  • Lost wages (past and future)
  • Pain and suffering (past and future)
  • Rehabilitative care costs
  • Disability costs
  • Vehicle damage
  • Rental car damage
  • Personal property damage
  • Wrongful death benefits
  • Punitive damages

It is important to know that as per Florida’s statute of limitations, personal injury cases for negligence against a person or entity must be filed within four years. Wrongful death cases must be filed within two years of the death or occurrence.  Finally, if you wish to file a lawsuit, it is highly recommended that you are represented by an attorney to practice law in the State of Florida.   The attorneys at Freidin Brown have over 100 years of combined experience handling personal injury cases. We’ve won multi-million dollar cases against Disney World, we’ve obtained millions in settlements in cases against cruise ship lines, and we’ve won against other establishments where negligence led to serious injury.

Below are some of the largest tourist attractions in Florida, and the types of accidents that may qualify for a lawsuit.

Florida Tourist Attractions

  • Busch Gardens
  • Disney World
  • Universal Studios
  • Sea World
  • Lego Land
  • Rapids water park
  • Carnival Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Silversea cruises

Examples of Attraction Accidents

  • Airplane Accidents
  • Jet ski accident
  • Boating accident
  • Motorcycle/ moped/ scooter accident
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Wrongful death
  • Cruise excursion accidents
  • Roller coaster ride accidents

If you or someone you know has experienced a life altering injury while vacationing to the sunshine state, contact us today so we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.  Our lawyers are standing by to answer all your questions.

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