The Virgin Islands are one of the most beautiful places in the world. However, it is also a territory plagued with violent crime. In fact, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ranks the Virgin Islands as the fourth highest in the world for homicides. Unfortunately, some vacations to these Caribbean islands are ruined after a tourist is assaulted or otherwise personally injured during a criminal act. Being attacked by another person while visiting a place far from home can be one of the most terrifying experiences a person can endure. Often, these tourist attacks could have been prevented if the hotel, resort, retail store, or other establishment in which the attack occurred had better security. If you or a loved one were injured in the Virgin Islands due to inadequate security, a premises liability lawsuit can allow you to pursue compensation for your damages.
Negligence Can Result in Increased Criminal Activity
Premises liability claims are a specific type of personal injury claim that deals with faulty or unsafe conditions on another party’s property. Sometimes, the defective condition is something like broken stairs or icy walkways, while other times, the negligence is caused by a lack of appropriate security measures. Property owners and possessors have a legal obligation to ensure that their properties are reasonably safe for visitors. This often means employing security guards, installing security cameras, making sure that parking lots are well-lit, and taking other precautions to prevent foreseeable crime. When property owners fail to uphold this duty, they put visitors to the property in unnecessary danger. Through a personal injury lawsuit, you can hold these negligent parties accountable for their wrongdoing and pursue compensation for your damages. Premises liability claims can be brought against both residential and commercial property owners.
Pursuing Compensation for Medical Bills and Suffering
When you are the victim of an assault or similar attacks, you are left with much more than just a horrifying memory. You may have expensive medical bills, including ambulance fees, emergency room bills, prescription medication costs, and expenses related to surgery or a long-term hospital stay. In some cases, you may also be unable to work due to the severity of your injuries. By filing an injury lawsuit, you can pursue reimbursement for your lost wages due to missed work and the costs of your medical treatment. You may also be able to receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
Contact a U.S. Virgin Islands Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one were the victims of a crime in St. Thomas, St. Croix, or St. John, the experienced U.S. Virgin Islands premises liability attorneys at Colianni & Colianni, LLC can help determine if negligence played a role in your injuries. We will carefully review the details of your unique situation and then explore your legal options for compensation. Call us today at 340-719-1766 to schedule a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case.