By Michael R. Jackson, Shareholder
You planned your vacation to the United States with tremendous care. You were excited when your feet touched American soil. However, your much anticipated trip was ruined through no fault of your own because you were injured on vacation. Now what do you do?
The United States has a significant tourism industry. Statistics for 2012 tell us that the top 10 international markets in terms of international visitor spending in the United States are as follows:
- United Kingdom;
- France; and
For international travelers from these countries, and many more, when they are injured on vacation and sustain personal injuries in the United States, the question of what to do next sometimes remains an unanswered question because they simply do not know where to turn. Instead, they return home and take little to no further action because they do not know what legal options exist for them. The attorneys at Jackson Law International pride themselves in having represented many such foreign travelers when they are injured on vacation. We take the time to explain the United States legal system, and we work closely with our clients to achieve a just result on their behalf.
When you come to us for help, we will take the time to examine and discuss with you at length the facts that may have led to your injury. You may have multiple claims against very different individuals or entities. For example, it is possible that you were injured in a motor vehicle accident through no fault of your own – and you should be able to recover for your injuries – but, perhaps, you also received substandard medical care at the hospital in treatment of your injuries. If so, you may be entitled to bring claims against the medical providers. Or, you may have been visiting at a local theme park and were injured. We will discuss thoroughly with you the extent of your injuries, and will evaluate who may be responsible for your injuries.
The most common injuries occur in the following manner or settings:
- Automobile Accident Injuries;
- Bus Travel Injuries or those from travel by Subway, Streetcar or other local public transportation;
- Train Injuries;
- Boat or Cruise Ship Injuries and Illness;
- Airplane Travel Injuries;
- Water-based Accidents, including at Swimming Pools or at Beaches;
- Water Sports Accidents, including Water-Skiing, Jet Skis, Scuba Diving, Sailing, Parasailing, White-Water Rafting;
- Amusement Park Injuries;
- Winter Sports Accidents, including Skiing, Snowmobiling, Snowboarding;
- Parachuting, Paragliding, Hang Gliding, Rock Climbing;
- Victims of Assault, Rape, or other Criminal Activity;
- Food Poisoning, Allergic Reactions, and Related Illnesses; and
- Inadequate / Negligent Medical Care for any of these or similar injuries.
You will need an experienced attorney to evaluate, for example, your injuries, damages, and/or loss; parties to be sued; and jurisdictional issues (place where the lawsuit is to be brought). We will compile your medical records in order to determine the full extent of your injuries, so that we can advise you about the potential value of your injuries. We will advise you every step of the way in order to achieve a result with which, at the end of the day, you can be more than satisfied that you received the appropriate compensation to address your injuries, pain and suffering, and any damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and travel expenses, you may have sustained.
Please be aware that Jackson Law International represents clients throughout the United States and Germany. With respect to litigation within the United States, the attorneys of Jackson Law International are licensed to practice law in a number of jurisdictions – Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C. However, Jackson Law International often handles lawsuits in additional states based upon judicial admission of the attorneys under the doctrine of Pro Hac Vice, which is a mechanism whereby an attorney can be authorized by a court to appear in a jurisdiction for a particular case. Moreover, we work with a broad network of local attorneys throughout the country who assist us in our cases and who serve as our local counsel, allowing our firm to provide you with comprehensive legal representation. However, and importantly, Jackson Law International always remains primary counsel in such matters.
Regardless of your needs, feel free to contact one of our offices to further discuss the details of your case. We also encourage you to become informed of your rights and options. You should also ensure that any law firm you consult or retain to represent you has the experience, resources and ability to take your case through trial and appellate courts, if necessary. Often U.S.-based attorneys do not have the experience to deal with cross-border issues that arise in cases involving foreign travelers. You should be careful to always ask about an attorney’s experience in this regard.
International Litigation typically presents the courts, attorneys, and parties with unique challenges that fall outside of the general experience of law firms that have not routinely handled such matters. Our international experience allows us to assist clients and other law firms in international matters, and the firm looks forward to the opportunity to put that experience to work for its clients.
Feel free to contact us.
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