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Tourists: what to know if you are injured on vacation in Florida

During this time of year, people from all over the globe flock to Florida to escape the cold and enjoy everything that the Sunshine State has to offer. Many people leave with a tan, pictures on their phones and good memories of a relaxing getaway.

Others, however, leave with serious health problems and financial concerns if they or their loved ones were injured while on vacation. If this sounds like something you are dealing with, it can be crucial to understand your rights and legal options going forward.

Vacationers often stay in hotels, visit landmarks, take boat tours and typically spend most of their time in places owned and maintained by other parties. In the event of an accident on these sites, injured people may have grounds to pursue a legal claim and compensation from the owner of that property.

For instance, if you are staying at a hotel and are hurt in a slip-and-fall accident near a pool or crushed by weights while using workout equipment in the hotel gym, the incident may have been caused by improperly maintained common areas.

Events like food poisoning, drowning, physical assaults and animal bites can also be linked to negligence on the part of a property owner. These incidences are typically consequences of non-compliance with food regulations, improper maintenance, inadequate security and failure to control dangerous animals, all of which can and should be addressed by the owners of a property.

If you have suffered an injury or your loved one was seriously hurt or killed while visiting Florida, it is crucial that you act fact and understand your options for taking legal action. Doing so can help you recover damages and uncover dangerous practices or behaviors that could put other people in danger.