Every year tens of thousands of Minnesotans escape the cold weather to visit Florida, or even to live in the Sunshine State, for a portion of the year. These tourists and snowbirds are fortunate to enjoy Florida’s beautiful beaches and seemingly endless attractions. Unfortunately, tourists and snowbirds are injured every year in Florida and face the challenge of attempting to recover their losses from afar. In these circumstances a Minnesota attorney, Florida attorney, or an attorney licensed in both Minnesota and Florida can help the injured to be made whole.
The following are common injuries suffered by Minnesota tourists and snowbirds while visiting Florida:
- Motor vehicle, motorcycle, boat, Jetski, or Waverunner accidents
- Slip and fall injuries
- Injuries that occur at amusement parks such as those arising from dangerous amusement park rides
- Medical malpractice
- Injuries from poor sidewalk, parking lot, stairway, or handrail, maintenance
- Dog bites or animal attacks
- Swimming pool injuries
- Injuries from assault or battery due to negligent security
- Injuries sustained while on a cruise ship
- Injuries from adventure sports
- Aviation accidents
- Nursing home abuse or neglect
These injuries can result in substantial medical bills, pain and suffering, wrongful death, and loss of consortium to a spouse or parent.
In the event of such an injury it will likely be necessary to negotiate with the negligent party, or their insurance company, using the services of a licensed attorney. Litigation is often necessary to achieve a satisfactory recovery. Therefore, it is important to understand where the litigation will occur.
Under Florida law:
[a]ctions shall be brought only in the county where the defendant resides, where the cause of action accrued, or where the property in litigation is located.
In other words, the Minnesotan’s case will likely take place in Florida. However, certain aspects of the case (such as depositions) may occur in Minnesota.
Certainly, it pays to be cautious when enjoying your home away from home, and if you do suffer the misfortune of being injured, it is advisable to retain experienced legal counsel who can advise you on navigating your lawsuit from afar.Mark C. Santi, Esq. Licensed to practice law in Minnesota, Florida, and New York.