Category Archives: Resort and Hotel Premises Liability

Resort and hotel premises liability claims for slip and fall accidents, elevator accidents and injuries caused by dangerous and unmaintained property.

Are You Safe At Daytona International Speedway?

In 2001 Dale Earnhardt died in a crash at Daytona International Speedway, and the racing world mourned the loss of one of its greatest drivers. Almost immediately after, the Hans device was incorporated into NASCAR and other forms of racing to prevent drivers from experiencing the same injuries that took the legendary racer’s life. Racing has always been about entertaining fans with the danger of speed combined with metal and rubber, but are they really doing enough? During the Daytona 500 this year, Austin Dillion’s number 3 car, the same number as Dale Earnhardt’s, flew into the air and bounced off the safety fence during a race crash. Dillion’s car landed in pieces. The driver was okay, but five people were injured by the debris shorn from the car. One victim and her son are already preparing a lawsuit against the Daytona racetrack and NASCAR. “Stuff just flew like a…
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13-Year-Old Plummets to His Death While on Vacation with Family

According to CBSNews.com, a 13-year-old boy from Indiana fell from a 15-story balcony to his death while vacationing in Panama City Beach on April 5. Police officials say the boy was checking out of the Palazzo Condominiums in Panama City with his family when he realized he had left his phone in their room on the 15th floor. The 13 year old and his grandmother went back into the room to look for his phone but the boy somehow fell to the pool deck below. His grandmother called out to him from another room, but there was no response. “She waited for a few seconds, started calling his name [and received] no answer, that’s when she realized he fell off the balcony,” Panama City Beach Police Chief Drew Whitman told reporters. The accident is currently under investigation and an autopsy is being performed. Panama City’s The New Herald reported that…
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Three Cruise Ship Norovirus Outbreaks Sickens Hundreds of Passengers and Crew

Three separate outbreaks of norovirus that affected more than 100 people each have been reported aboard two cruise liners, Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Two of the ill-fated cruises struck Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas. During the ship’s April 5-12 cruise, over 100 of the nearly 3,000 passengers and crew were sickened, primarily by vomit and diarrhea. During the ship’s cruise the prior week, 117 passengers and crew were also sickened by norovirus, according to the CDC. The third outbreak affected Princess Cruise’s Crown Princess during a week-long cruise that ended on April 11; in all, 152 of the more-than 4,000 passengers and crew were sickened. Norovirus is a highly-infectious virus that can be picked up through contaminated food or water or by touching contaminated surfaces. It causes inflammation of the stomach, intestines or both, often leading to stomach…
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Woman Says She was Mentally Scarred from Being Stranded on Carnival Triumph

One year after the Carnival Triumph cruise ship caught fire and lost power in the Gulf of Mexico, one woman that was on the disastrous cruise says she was “mentally injured” from what happened to her while on the vessel. According to CNN, the 54-year-old mother of two and grandmother of three was very emotional during her testimony before a US federal judge in Miami, during the first civil trial about the February 2013 voyage. The woman is among 31 passengers who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Carnival, alleging the company’s responsibility for the ill-fated voyage. During her testimony, the 54 year old described in explicit detail what it was like on the ship as it sat disabled for days in the Gulf of Mexico. She described terrified passengers huddled on decks, with filthy toilets overflowing into hallways, no power, almost total darkness, long lines for rationed water and…
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UK Man Killed After Wave Broke Window of Cruise Ship

According to The Independent, a passenger on a cruise ship was killed in the English Channel and another airlifted to shore after their vessel was hit by a wave on February 14. This fatal accident happened aboard the British cruise ship Marco Polo, which is operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages, as it headed for its home port following a 42-night voyage. Water broke through a window of the ship, injuring several of the 735 passengers and 349 crew members. An 85-year-old passenger died after being airlifted off the ship. A woman in her 70s was severely injured and was taken to shore for medical treatment. A number of other passengers received minor injuries and were treated on board. What are My Rights If I Was Injured on a Cruise Ship? You have legal rights following a serious cruise ship injury. When a cruise line fails to maintain a room,…
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CDC Says Royal Caribbean Norovirus Outbreak One of the Worst in 20 Years

We recently blogged about the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Majesty of the Seas, that left dozens of passengers sick with norovirus; now the cruise line is in the media spotlight again for what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls the worst virus outbreak on a cruise ship in 20 years. On January 29, the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Explorer of the Seas, on which hundreds of passengers and crew members fell ill, returned to port in New Jersey, with health officials recommending those still showing symptoms check in to hotels and seek medical care before returning home. The CDC reported that 630 passengers and 54 crew members became ill on the vessel. The ship, on a 10-day cruise, was carrying 3,050 passengers. Health investigators said norovirus is to blame, making this one of the largest outbreaks of the stomach illness in 20 years. In 2006, a norovirus…
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