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Texans work hard, so when it comes time for a break, we take our vacations very seriously; we like to play hard sometimes. When spending time with family and friends and enjoying some sort of travel and recreational activity, the last thing you want to think about is the possibility of an accident. On vacation, we depend on airlines, hotels, theme parks, cruise ships and the companies that run them to fulfill their duty to create a safe environment for everyone involved. However, as is the case with almost everything in life, bad things can happen, even on vacation, and those who have not lived up to their responsibilities should be held accountable.
Anyone who has been injured while on vacation anywhere should realize that they always have rights, regardless of where an accident occurs, especially when the injuries occur due to the negligence of someone else. Cases based on injuries related to vacation accidents can be difficult to resolve, but not impossible. One thing that can make them more difficult is that they often involve laws from multiple states and possibly other countries and, in many cases, there are contractual issues involved; when you signed that paper you didn’t read before going on your cruise, you may have actually agreed to certain conditions that may affect your case.
Each state has its own set of laws regarding personal injuries and contracts that can have an effect on whether and how you can hold a responsible party accountable for your injury. For example, a state that relies heavily on tourism for its economy can sometimes have laws that protect their tourism industry and that can make it more difficult for a plaintiff to bring suit and collect a recovery.
Not only that, but the specific circumstances surrounding vacation arrangements and where the injury actually occurred may affect where you can file suit and recover. For example, if you booked a vacation to Florida through a Florida travel website or travel agent and you were injured in a hotel in South Beach, you will probably have to file suit in Florida, but if they sent a coupon or flier to your Texas mailbox, you may be able to file suit in a Texas court.
If you are from a state other than Texas and vacationing here when you were injured, you may be able to recover for your injuries in a Texas court, which may mean consulting with an attorney in your home state first and letting them handle the details. On the other hand, if you are from Texas and you were injured in another state, you may have a greater chance to recover in Texas courts.
If you or a loved one has been injured while on vacation anywhere, it is essential that you contact the right attorney as quickly as possible, and the Texas vacation accident lawyers at Adame Garza LLP are a great choice. We have the knowledge and experience you need to understand the ins and outs of Texas law, and we have the resources to reach out to attorneys in the other state, or even the foreign country where the accident occurred, to make sure you mount the strongest case possible.