Early reports indicate it is going to be a record-breaking year for Spring Break visitors in Southwest Florida.
The Miami Herald reports throngs of beach goers are already challenging safety personnel; a weekend shooting that sent three to the hospital is the latest warning of the risks when large groups of young people gather to let off steam.
What many see as the end of COVID restrictions, after two years of quarantines, is adding to the volatile mix this year. While Southwest Florida is known as the “quiet coast,” we are also expecting to see a record number of teenagers and young adults on our beaches and at our resorts through Easter weekend.
Spring Break Injuries in Southwest Florida
Our injury lawyers in Fort Myers know the risks for young people are well known. Large crowds, little supervision, and copious amounts of alcohol fuel the risks every year. But this year could prove to be particularly volatile. However, it’s important to note that businesses are not absolved of their responsibility and liability when serious or fatal injury occurs, even when part of the blame can be placed on immaturity, underage alcohol consumption, or other dangerous victim behavior.
Businesses that cater to such patrons are well aware of the risks and must take necessary action to prevent known or foreseeable risks. Under Florida premises liability laws, public invitees (such as those at beaches and parks) and business licensees are both afforded the greatest degree of protection from property owners. and managers. The law requires owners to correct or warn of dangers about which the owner knows or should know by reasonable use of care. Property owners also have a duty to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition. Courts have ruled that includes guarding against foreseeable third-party crimes, including physical and sexual assault.
Common Spring Break Injuries
Among the most common spring break injuries seen by our Fort Myers injury lawyers are:
- Injuries at overcrowded bars and nightclubs
- Physical assault and sexual assault at clubs or hotels
- Fall injuries
- Rental injuries involving personal watercraft
- Parasailing or injuries involving other beach attractions
- Swimming pool injuries
- Hotel and resort injuries
- Bicycle injuries
- Pedestrian injuries
- Alcohol poisoning
In many cases, young people do not contact an attorney, either because they want to put an incident behind them, or because they think they are at fault. However, under Florida’s comparative fault law (F.S. 768.81), even victims who are partially at fault can collect damages. It is a mistake to not consult experienced legal help. We provide confidential consultations at no charge and can move to protect your rights in the event that an injury proves more serious than initially believed. Coming forward can also prevent others from suffering a similar fate.
In most cases, we can move to protect your rights with minimal disruption after you return home. Often, you will never have to return to Southwest Florida to make your claim.
If you or a loved one is injured, call Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, at 1-800-646-1210.