Florida is one of the states with the highest population of workers involved in the tourism industry. These workers face many hazards during the course of their jobs. Some are involved with adventure travel, while others have unique working experiences on cruise boats.
There are several laws that govern workplace safety, and each industry is different. For example, incidents arising from demonstrating zip line safety and problems from working on a cruise ship could necessitate different legal actions when it comes to seeking compensation for injuries.
One of the first things to consider for those who are injured during work in a tourism occupation is whether or not the employer was negligent. As described on FindLaw, negligence may occur when someone fails to protect against a foreseeable risk. For example, poor maintenance on an adventure course could lead to instructor injury while demonstrating the course. The owners may be liable for more than worker's compensation in this case, as their actions directly contributed to the situation in which the injury arose.
Another common issue is cruise ship workers slipping or falling on deck. These types of injuries may have a premises claim, similar to the previous example. There is another concern: they would also probably be governed by a special area of the law. As explained by the Federal Bar Association, seafarers, such as oil rig workers, cruise ship staff or cargo crew, may have special legal protections.
It is important for anyone pursuing a claim against their employer to use the correct branch of the law and to explore all possible liabilities the organization may have. Worker's compensation may not be enough by itself. Personal injury claims may be necessary to cover the extreme cost of medical bills, suffering and lost future work.