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5 Common Spring Break Injuries and Your Legal Rights

By George Khoury, Esq. | Last updated on

Spring break can be an unforgettable experience for college kids across the country. Unfortunately, for many, those memories include getting injured while partying.

When a person is injured while on vacation, or on spring break, they may not know what to do. Below, you find a list of five common spring break injuries and legal remedies.

1. Victims of Violent Crime Have Injury Claims Too

While calling the police is critical if you are the victim of crime while on vacation, you may also have legal rights depending on what happened. Not too long ago, Coca-Cola and a nearby hotel were both sued after a spring break party goer was stabbed at a sponsored event by gang members also in attendance. However, the perpetrators can also be held liable for monetary damages.

2. Events, Parties, and Places

Event operators have a duty to keep their attendees safe, and failing to provide adequate security can make up the basis of a premises liability claim, like the stabbing claim above. Additionally, if you were injured due to an accident at a house party, or on a business or public entity's property, you may have a legal claim for negligence, if the property was not properly maintained.

3. Cruise Ship Injuries: What Are Your Rights?

In addition to injuries that occur while on land, if you are injured while on a cruise, you have legal rights. However, injuries on the open sea, and likely while at port too, will be governed by maritime law, and you'll definitely want a qualified maritime injury lawyer to help as these claims are much more complex than an auto accident injury.

4. Permanent Reminder of a Bad Decision

Despite the wide availability of tattoo artists on college campuses, getting a tattoo on spring break is a time honored tradition. But what happens if your tattoo gets infected, or results in a more serious injury? You may have legal rights, even if you signed a waiver or release form before getting inked. However, your legal rights probably won't be able to remedy your poor choice of art.

If you are injured in a different state than the one you live in, or even in a foreign country, you still have rights. Unfortunately, your rights may be more difficult to enforce, and will likely require retaining legal help in the state you were injured, particularly if you want to file a lawsuit. If you're injured abroad, it may be even more difficult, as unless your trip, and injury, resulted from a US tour group's, or business's, negligence, you may have to seek legal relief abroad.

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