By:   Michael A. Winkleman

The United States Premier Hotel, Resort & Vacation Accident Lawyers Help Injury Victims Nationwide

vacation-accident-lawyerThe attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have extensive knowledge and experience handling hotel, vacation, and resort accident claims. Our 16 full-time award-winning personal injury attorneys are seasoned veterans in maritime injury, cruise ship, and resort accident claims. Four of our attorneys have been named to “Best Lawyers” ® and our firm has been selected to “Best Law Firms” ® every year since 2016 by US News & World Report.

Our team has represented more than 3,000 clients since we opened our doors in 1971 and combined we have more than 200 years of litigation experience. We have successfully recovered $300 million and counting for our clients in trial verdicts and settlements over the last 50 years, and are available to help injury victims across the country easily at any one of our eight strategically placed office locations across the U.S.

When you or someone you love is critically injured or killed in a resort, hotel, or vacation accident, you need legal representation you can rely on. Our success rate is unmatched, with founder Charles Lipcon paving the way for how the United States handles personal injury and maritime cases in his representation of various landmark lawsuits. Several of our attorneys appear often as expert witnesses regarding personal injury and maritime laws on national talk shows and news programs. We are confident that our skills, experience, and legal knowledge can help you secure a favorable outcome in your case.

Read on to learn more about how our hotel, resort, and vacation accident attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve and hold liable parties accountable for their negligence. Contact us for a 100% free consultation so we can start working on your claim strategy as soon as today.

We Made Our Name Suing Cruise Lines – Hotel & Resort Accidents Are Surprisingly Similar

At Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., we’re famous for the results we’ve achieved over the past 50 years primarily for cruise line injury lawsuits, but that’s not all we do. Foreign hotel and resort lawsuits are quite similar to cruise ship lawsuits in many ways. If you think about it, a cruise ship is much like a gigantic floating hotel. There are plenty of activities to partake in, thousands of strangers to mingle with, and the commensurate levels of crime and mischief that go along with a population the size of a small city.

Whether you’re at sea or in a hotel lobby, being the victim of a crime or accident in a foreign country is scary and confusing, and many of the same complications and restrictions apply to each of these types of cases.

Virtually any cruise ship you vacation on will be sailing under the flag of a foreign country, where different laws may apply, and the situation is similar in a cruise ship at port, on a shore excursion, or staying at a foreign hotel or resort.

The team at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. is well-versed in these types of hotel accident cases, and our cruise ship experience is invaluable when dealing with a premises liability claim against a foreign resort. If you have suffered severe injuries in a hotel accident, we are here to help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve against the hotel property owners.

Lawsuits Against Foreign Resorts

If you’ve been injured in an incident at a resort in a foreign country, your case may be challenging and present many complications.

This is primarily because different countries naturally have different laws and legal systems. If you were to file a lawsuit in a foreign court, the country’s laws regarding personal injury claims might dictate that you are only eligible to receive very little financial redress for things such as hotel injuries and other premises liability issues.

Consequently, you will almost certainly want to file a lawsuit in a U.S. court, but this may present jurisdictional challenges.

To give a U.S. court jurisdiction over your hotel accident case, you must prove that the defendant (typically either the hotel owner or hotel property owner) is present in the jurisdiction in which you are filing, that the defendant lives or works in the jurisdiction, that the defendant maintains “minimum contact” with the jurisdiction, or that the defendant agrees to the chosen court being given jurisdiction. This is a legal battle we are extremely well versed in successfully fighting.

Minimum contact means that the defendant has a significant connection to the jurisdiction in which the lawsuit is being brought, such as doing business within the jurisdiction where your injury occurred.


Hotel and Resort Cases We Handle

Likewise, many resorts have a range of hazards that can cause trip and fall hotel accidents, even in your hotel room. Rugs that are not flat against the floor or various obstacles in hallways or stairwells may cause guests to trip and fall, potentially leading to serious injury.

If the staff at a hotel or resort allows obstacles or dangerous conditions such as bunched-up rugs in walking areas that should be safe and free of hazards that may cause a guest to trip and fall, the hotel or resort may be liable for resultant injuries.

Other risks include improper lighting, food poisoning, broken, faulty stairways, assaults or robberies due to inadequate security, and even elevator accidents, all of which your hotel accident lawyer will fight to ensure that the property owner is held liable for.

Pre-Ride Release and Waiver Forms


In some cases, guests are asked or required to sign a waiver releasing the hotel, resort, or activity operators from liability for common accidents caused on their property. You may think this means that if you signed something similar, you have given up your right to sue in case of an accident, but luckily, that is not necessarily the case.

Waivers and releases may impose some restrictions on what you can sue for, but you are still permitted to sue a company for negligence even after signing a waiver. A liability clause does not protect a company from all lawsuits or enable it to operate with impunity. Companies still must follow the same laws that everyone else is subject to and make an effort to keep guests on their property reasonably safe. Hotel negligence is not necessarily excusable because of a release.

The company uses forms such as these because they want you to think that signing away your rights via a waiver prohibits you from suing them if you suffer an injury, but such clauses are not universally enforceable. Even if you’ve signed a waiver before participating in a potentially dangerous activity, the company may still be held liable for your injuries if they acted negligently and did not take reasonable steps to protect your safety and prevent injury.

Working with a liability lawyer is the best way to make sense of these documents and determine how you can seek the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Hotels and Resorts that We’ve Successfully Sued

  1. Sandals

    Our lawyers have brought a class action lawsuit against Sandals Resorts, alleging that the company charged customers what was supposed to be a sales tax but was in fact never remitted to the government and was kept by Sandals as an additional profit, thus overcharging the customers fraudulently.

  2. Atlantis

    We’ve sued the Atlantis resort at Paradise Island, Bahamas for negligence relating to hygienic practices after a guest was given a room infested with bed bugs and suffered hundreds of bites.

  3. Marriott

    We’ve sued the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico after a client was injured in a parasailing accident due to the resort’s negligence.

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Here Are Some of the Hotel Chains We Can Help You With


Hilton Hotel and Resorts



Choice Hotels


InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

What You Should Do if You’ve Been Injured or Assaulted at a Hotel or Resort In Miami, in the US, or Internationally

If you’ve been the victim of an accident at a hotel or resort, you need to know the proper steps to take to protect your health, safety, and rights.

First and foremost, it is essential to get medical care for your injury. Even if you think it is not severe, you may have suffered hidden or long-lasting damage that only a medical professional can identify. If you want to file a lawsuit due to negligence on the part of the hotel or resort, you will need to be able to prove the extent and cause of your injuries with contemporaneous medical records.

Second, you should document the conditions at the location where you suffered your injury and try to get the contact information of any witnesses to the incident. These can be helpful later. You should also make a formal report of your injury to the hotel manager or security and ask for a copy. This proves that you suffered an injury at the hotel and made the hotel aware of it. Try to make a note of any security cameras that may have caught your accident.

Finally, if you have suffered a hotel or resort accident, you should contact an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to discuss the incident and explore your legal options. The attorneys of Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. are highly experienced and award-winning.

Call them today at 888-311-9929 or use the contact form on the website for a free consultation.


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Our International Hotel, Resort, and Accident Attorneys Help Injury Victims Demand the Compensation They Deserve

Our team of hotel, resort, and accident attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have more than 200 years of experience advocating for victim’s rights. Several of our attorneys have been named to “Best Lawyers” ® in America and the firm has been recognized as one of the “Best Law Firms” ® for almost 10 years by US News & World Report.

When you or someone you love has suffered devastating or fatal injuries in a resort or hotel accident, you need the legal advocacy of a respected personal injury firm. Our team is ready to help you access the financial compensation you deserve. Contact us immediately through our secured contact form or call our office at 877–233–1238 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation and connect with an experienced and knowledgeable accident lawyer.