Negligent Security Seminar | March 2015

Florida personal injury lawyers

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Most common travel injury locations in Florida

Imagine this scenario: you are on the Caribbean vacation of your dreams and are aboard a cruise ship for a week. You hear about parasailing being offered on the cruise line’s private island. After watching dozens of people fly in the sky you figure it’s safe and that you’d like to try. While in the air a gust of wind snaps the line of the parasail and you go flying into the side of a building. This is precisely what happened to Amber May in Pompano Beach.

The Leighton Law firm specializes in personal injury law. Any injury that occurs while on the property of a vacation resort, amusement park, or cruise ship (a longer list appears later in this post) is referred to as a Resort Tort. Leighton Law Firm has the knowledge to represent tourists, business travelers, and locals that are exposed to any sort of risk while traveling, vacationing, or engaging in any type of excursions or activities.

What locations are considered grounds for a Resort Tort case?

  • Hotel’s
  • Motel’s
  • Cruise Ship
  • Pleasure Boating/Jet Ski’s
  • Amusement/ Theme Parks
  • Casinos
  • Aviation (commercial and general)
  • Rental Car
  • moped rental
  • buses or guided tours

Residents of Florida are well aware of the state’s “we live where you vacation” mantra. Applying this to personal injury law gives it an entirely different point of view. Florida, being a resort and vacation destination, has a high frequency of resort tort cases. As a local business owner you should know your rights and understand how to properly deal with an emergency incident on your property.

It’s common for the law to assume that tourists are unfamiliar with the activity they are participating in (ex. parasailing) and leave the responsibility of communicating dangers to the proprietors. Whether you’re a traveler or a business owner, we can help make sure you are treated fairly and justly in any type of case.

Each year Florida welcomes 82 million visitors to 1,200 miles of beaches and over 8,000 lakes. It should come to no surprise that a few incidents are bound to occur with such a large influx of people visiting. One of those incidents, as mentioned earlier, left Amber May, a 15 year old in Pompano Beach, dead. The Leighton firm represented the May family and helped outline a cumulation of mistakes that the parasailing operators had executed.

John Leighton, founder of Leighton Law Group, helped the family request a regulation that would require parasailing locales to have insurance to cover accidents, hold a valid coast guard license, and only use safety rated towlines. This added effort shows you our altruistic approach to helping further visitors that have chosen Florida as their vacation destination.

If you have experienced an injury while on vacation contact the Leighton Law Firm. Our team of personal injury lawyers are ready to handle any type of case. Regardless of the act being negligent or criminal, you have rights!



John Leighton appears on CNN to comment on proposed parasailing safety regulations.

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John Leighton appears on NBC’s “Today” show as part of his representation of the family of Amber May White, who was killed in a parasailing tragedy.

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John Leighton featured on the vet of South Florida Legal Guide

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John Leighton’s 2 volume book Litigating Premises Security Cases.

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