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Can I sue a resort for wrongful death?

While you were staying with a relative at a local resort in Florida, your family member slipped and fell in the shower, hit their head on the tub and died. Now you are wondering if you can sue the resort for their wrongful death. You may be able to file a claim against the hotel, resort or property owner if you can prove that they did not provide reasonable safety accommodations, such as bath mats and safety handrails to reduce the dangers of slips and falls in the bathroom, states Wrongful death cases are often challenging to prove. Because you are suing the resort, you have the burden of proof.

Medical errors second only to heart disease and cancer in cause of death

Heart disease kills over 600,000 Americans each year, while cancer kills almost 600,000. What may be shocking to many Americans is that disease is not the next in line when it comes to causing death. Medical errors have recently become the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing over 250,000 Americans each year. This dangerous statistic shows that too many people are dying from the treatment they receive rather than the condition they are being treated for.

Resorts and foodborne illnesses

Now that spring is in full swing; many tourists are flocking to Florida. One common concern that many tourists do not think about while they are vacationing is food poisoning. Most tourists spend their time visiting local attractions and restaurants to sample the food and amenities they offer. According to The Atlantic Media Company, each year, “food poisoning affects approximately 48 million people in the United States.”

Hotels, assaults and inadequate security

Florida is a popular destination for tourists all over the country. They make countless hotel reservations so they can relax and have fun, not realizing that their choice of accommodations may put them at a higher risk of assaults and criminal attacks. Most hotels and resorts have multiple security measures in place to ensure guest safety. However, despite their security systems, many people still become victims of hotel assaults. Guests should steer clear of hotels that have loitering people inside and outside of their properties, poor lighting, inattentive staff and little to no security surveillance cameras.

What to do after a resort slip and fall accident

Slip and fall accidents account for over one million visits to the emergency room each year. The National Floor Safety Institute reports that about 5 percent of people who fall experience a fracture, which is generally the most serious consequence of a fall. Slip and fall accidents are quite common in resorts and hotels each year.

Common causes of swimming pool accidents

Swimming pool accidents are becoming a common occurrence in Florida. As fun and exciting as the lure of taking a dip in the pool seems, the risk of accidents and injuries is great. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2005 to 2014, there were 3,536 unintentional drownings in the United States. The majority of these accidents were preventable.

Wrong-site surgery errors 100 percent preventable

Going into the hospital for a surgery always poses a risk to your health, just because it is an invasive procedure. It is not expected that the health care team would make a mistake, but sadly, mistakes happen. The Joint Commission found wrong-site surgeries to be the third-highest ranking sentinel event, as reported in the "Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses,".

Common cruise ship accidents

Thousands of people travel to Florida every year to go on cruises so they can enjoy the sea and many fun activities. However, there are hazards on cruise ships that can affect tourist safety. Anyone who plans to take a cruise should make themselves aware of some of the common cruise hazardous situations that can occur so they can stay safe.

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