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What to do if you have a personal injury or wrongful death issue while visiting The Bahamas

On Behalf of | Sep 27, 2023 | Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, Santo Domingo |

Each year, millions of United States citizens visit the islands of The Bahamas, along with many thousands of United Kingdom citizens, German citizens, and thousands from other countries. These visitors arrive primarily via cruise ship stopovers and also via international flight arrivals with overnight stays at one of the many Bahamian resorts and hotels. The vast majority of these visitors have a safe and memorable stay, enjoying the beautiful weather, friendly hospitality, bountiful excursions, and world class beaches. Unfortunately for others, their experience in The Bahamas 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 Bahamas, our experienced personal injury attorneys at Urban Thier & Federer can help you. We have established relationships with our Bahamas-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 case-related costs and our team is paid from any actual recovery we achieve on your behalf.  In other words, our compensation is based 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 Bahamas?

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 Bahamian or other foreign law firm directly only to be frustrated by, at best, cultural and legal system differences, and, at worst, exploitation and incompetence.

Urban Thier & Federer’s team ensures that our trusted and proven Bahamian attorney colleagues advance your case through the Bahamian 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, apostilles, record 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 Bahamian Courts.

Examples of personal injury and death cases suffered by United States resident tourists visiting The Bahamas

  • 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, electrocutions, malfunctioning automatic doors, unsafe amusement park rides, and many other avoidable injuries caused by a defect in the premises
  • Accidents suffered while on a resort or cruise line excursion such as while horseback riding, ziplining, attending amusement and water parks, and other excursions usually marketed by resorts, cruise lines and tour operators

What do I do if I am injured or a loved one dies in The Bahamas?

If you are injured, or a loved one is killed, while a guest at one of the many Bahamian resorts or hotels, or while participating in an excursion , 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 gather all supporting information, pictures, videos, medical records and other evidence that supports your case. We encourage anyone who is injured, or has a loved one die, while in The Bahamas to make every effort to take pictures and videos of the scene and all injuries, to collect and keep copies of all relevant documents (medical records, accident reports, receipts, tickets, etc.), and otherwise document the who, what, where, when and how relevant to your case. This information can be critically important to building a strong case.