The winter season can be gruelling in Canada. For that reason, many local residents enjoy warm and sunny getaways to the Caribbean starting this time of year. Although Caribbean resorts can provide a fun and exciting holiday at a reasonable price, when an accident occurs the ensuing medical and other costs can be enormous.
Injuries while boating, golfing, parasailing, scuba diving, swimming, or even just walking in the resort can occur if the property is not maintaining proper standards of cleanliness, training, or supervision. When accidents do happen, obtaining appropriate compensation can be very complicated. Many Caribbean resorts require guests to sign waivers and other documents upon check-in. These waivers may reduce or eliminate any right to sue the resort, in the event of an accident.
In addition, some guest registration packages contain a “forum selection clause” requiring any legal action to be brought in a specific jurisdiction or country chosen by the resort. Depending on the jurisdiction, this can effectively block any potential lawsuit against the resort, as not all countries recognize the right to claim compensation for injuries caused by negligence.
In the event of an injury at a Caribbean resort, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible, to ensure that your rights are protected.