The State of Florida, and the City of Orlando in particular, are popular destinations for tourists on holiday from the United Kingdom. Tourists flock to the city’s world-famous amusement parks knowing that beaches on both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean are within a short drive from Orlando. Most British tourists enjoy a carefree holiday while in Orlando; however, when a British tourist is injured while in Orlando, it can be a frightening experience. Knowing how UK tourists can get legal help when injured in Orlando on holiday is crucial to navigating unfamiliar healthcare and legal systems.
If you or a family member were injured while on holiday in Orlando, you undoubtedly do not know where to start if you are a citizen of the United Kingdom. Fortunately, the personal injury lawyers for British tourists at Bailey Fisher can help. We have the experience, compassion, and resources necessary to guide you through the American legal system to ensure that your injuries are properly treated and that you are fully compensated when another party or parties caused or contributed to the accident that resulted in your injury. Contact the team at Bailey Fisher today by calling 407-628-2929 or submit our online form to find out how we can help you.
What Steps Should I Take Following an Orlando Injury Accident?
To ensure that you receive the appropriate medical treatment and to preserve your right to pursue compensation for your injuries, there are some steps you should take if you are a British tourist who is injured in Orlando while on holiday, including:
- Make a report. Even if you believe you did not suffer severe injury, report the incident to the property owner if you are injured at a theme park, hotel, store, restaurant or other commercial property. If you are injured in a road traffic accident, contact the appropriate law enforcement agency, and make a report. This will help to document when and how the accident occurred.
- Go directly to a hospital or clinic for an evaluation. Always submit to a complete medical evaluation following an accident. Doing so ensures that serious injuries are diagnosed immediately, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that may not show symptoms until hours or even days after the injury. A medical evaluation also helps to connect your injuries with the accident for liability purposes.
- Document your injuries and the scene. Use your cell phone to take pictures of your injuries, the scene of the accident, and anything else that might be relevant. Also, make sure you ask for copies of the incident report or police report and hospital discharge paperwork.
- Get contact information. When possible, get the names and contact information of any witnesses, anyone directly involved, and/or the owner or manager of the property on which the accident occurred.
- Contact an experienced personal injury accident attorney. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident to ensure that your rights are protected and relieve you of the stress of trying to navigate an unfamiliar judicial system.
Who Is Liable If I Am Injured in an Accident?
One of the most overwhelming aspects of being injured while on holiday from the United Kingdom is that you are faced with trying to address your immediate medical needs as well as with understanding the American legal system. Only an experienced personal injury attorney can evaluate the unique circumstances surrounding your injuries and advise you on whether you have the basis for a compensable personal injury accident case; however, it may help to understand some basic concepts within the American tort system.
Torts is the area of the law that allows an injured victim to pursue compensation for injuries to his/her person or property. There are three types of torts: negligence, strict liability, and intentional. Most personal injury accident lawsuits are based on negligence. Negligence is based on the defendant breaching a duty of care owed to the victim. Common examples include a driver causing an automobile accident, an amusement park owner failing to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition, or a hotel, store, restaurant, or other commercial property owner failing to properly maintain their premises or provide adequate security.
Am I Entitled to Compensation for My Orlando Accident Injuries?
When you are injured in an accident, you may suffer emotional trauma and financial hardship along with physical injuries. As a British tourist on holiday in Orlando, the ramifications of an injury accident can be considerably worse given that you are thousands of miles away from home in a foreign country.
At Bailey Fisher, we understand what you are going through, and we are committed to ensuring that the proper party is held accountable and that you are fully compensated for all your injuries. The victim of a personal injury accident may be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages. That means you could receive compensation for your out-of-pocket expenses, including hospital bills, lost income, and travel costs, as well as for subjective injuries such as mental anguish, disfigurement, and pain and suffering.
Contact Us to Find Out How UK Tourists Can Get Legal Help When Injured in Orlando on Holiday
If you are a UK tourist who was injured, or lost a family member, in an accident while on holiday in Orlando, we can help. The experienced personal injury accident lawyers for British tourists at Bailey Fisher are dedicated to aggressively litigating on your behalf to make sure that the party (or parties) responsible for your injuries is held accountable and that you receive the maximum compensation available for all your injuries.
Call us at 407-628-2929 or submit our online form today. One of our experienced Orlando personal injury accident lawyers for British tourists will evaluate your case for free and advise you on the next steps.