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Personal Injury or Wrongful Death While Visiting the Dominican Republic

by | Jun 18, 2019 | Firm News, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death |

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Each year, over 2 million United States citizens visit the Dominican Republic, along with over 250,000 German citizens, over 170,000 United Kingdom citizens, and hundreds of thousands from other countries. The vast majority of these visitors have a safe and memorable stay, enjoying the beautiful weather, friendly hospitality, and world class beaches.  Unfortunately for others, their experience in the Dominican Republic results in life altering injuries, permanent disability, or even death.

If you are seriously injured, or have a loved one who dies, while vacationing in the Dominican Republic, our experienced personal injury attorneys at Urban Thier & Federer can help you.  We have established relationships and have handled many cases with our Dominican Republic-based attorney colleagues.

Most cases are handled on a contingency/No Win No Fee basis.  This means that if we agree to accept your case (which is done via a written Legal Representation Agreement), we will advance all case-related costs and our team is only paid from any actual recovery we achieve on your behalf.  In other words, our compensation is based purely on a percentage of funds actually recovered on your behalf.  If we fail to recover funds, we are paid nothing and we write off the costs we advance.  As a result, you can rest assured that our legal team’s interests and goals are the same as yours – to ensure the maximum compensation for your injuries and loss.

Why is it so important to hire an international legal team if my case involves an injury or death in the Dominican Republic?

We are not aware of any other law firm with offices in the United States and Europe which has handled as many international injury or death cases as Urban Thier & Federer.  In our experience, most United States-based firms will try to force a strategy, often unsuccessfully, that seeks to hold some American-based entity responsible or liable for the injury or death.  We have also seen individuals try to locate and work with a Dominican Republic or other foreign law firm directly only to be frustrated by, at best, cultural, language, and legal system differences, and, at worst, corruption, exploitation and incompetence.

Urban Thier & Federer’s team ensures that our trusted and proven Dominican Republic attorney colleagues advance your case through the Dominican Republic Courts.  At the same time, we provide a local presence to ensure accountability and accessibility to our clients, to handle client communications, evidence collection, medical records, translations, apostilles, recording custodian affidavits, expert reports, and other support to ensure that damages (the economic and non-economic losses caused by the injury or death) are compiled, analyzed and properly authenticated to ensure admissibility in the Dominican Republic Courts.

Actual examples of personal injury and death cases suffered by United States resident tourists visiting the Dominican Republic:

  • Negligent security incidents such as assaults, robberies, murders, rapes, and other violent crimes committed on hotel and resort premises against guests and other business invitees
  • Poorly designed and/or maintained premises such as slippery surfaces resulting in falls, balcony collapse, malfunctioning automatic doors, unsafe amusement park rides, and many other avoidable injuries caused by a defect in the premises
  • Poisoning cases such as tainted unregulated alcohol, unsafe pesticides, and other substances that can cause death or exacerbate an existing condition to the point of causing death

What do I do if I am injured or a loved one dies in the Dominican Republic?

If you are injured, or a loved one is killed, while a guest at one of the many Dominican Republic resorts or hotels, Urban Thier & Federer can help you.  If you are injured while a paying guest, patron, or business invitee, at an amusement park, night club, or other activity, we can help you.  The first step is to immediately contact us via our Contact Us form, Chat Assistant, or by calling our office.

We will immediately start gathering data about your specific matter to promptly determine if we can be of assistance.  We make every effort to file every personal injury and wrongful death case in the Dominican Republic Courts within 6 months of the date of the incident.  Under the applicable Dominican Republic law, time bars/prescription periods for bringing a lawsuit can arguably run as short as 6 months and are no more than 2 years from the date of the incident.  This means that it is critically important to act promptly.

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