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Accident at Key West resort leaves tourist paralyzed

Hotels and resorts in Florida have a duty to protect their guests from foreseeable harm and dangerous conditions. However, even when appropriate measures are taken, resort accidents can still happen. Property owners can also be held liable for any incidents that occur on their property, especially those that stem from hazards that they should have known about.

According to a lawsuit that was filed against Key West Interval Management, the Sunset Tiki Bar and Grille and the Galleon Resort and Marina, an out-of-state male tourist jumped off a pier into shallow water and sustained severe injuries to his spinal cord that has made it impossible for him to breathe on his own without assistance.

His actions and injuries were allegedly caused by a local resort’s failure to warn him about the dangers of diving into shallow water on their property. It is unknown if any warning signs and barriers have been put up to warn and prevent future resort guests from making the same mistake. At the time of the incident, the 40-year-old married man was vacationing in Key West to celebrate his birthday with friends.

There are a variety of factors that can lead to resort accidents, especially if no warning or notice is given to guests. The consequences of these incidents can range from minor injuries to life-altering ones. Since dealing with resort accidents can be challenging, especially if they occur in another state, many people find that it is easier for them to work with an attorney about their situation.

Source:, “Tourist sues Key West resort after accident leaves him paralyzed,” Gwen Filosa, Aug. 3, 2016