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On a recent trip to Cozumel Mexico I severely injured both my knees at the resort I was staying at. I fell on an outside stairway that was not lit.Is there anyway I can recoup my out of pocket expenses from the resort

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a Mexican lawyer about this?

No I have not made contact with any

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

Really at this time none other than talked to a South Carolina injury lawyer but they are only licensed in SC

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Just if anyone can help in this matter

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Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 4 months ago

This to me sounds like a classic case of negligence. Negligence simply means that there was a duty that the other party owed and they breached that duty in some way. What is most important is that it is proven that the defendant breached their duty of care because that is what mostly determines whether there is a cause of action. Basically, the question is, “Did the defendant’s actions fall below the standard of care for a reasonable person in a similar situation?” If the answer to that question is yes, then there is negligence and you are entitled to damages. Damages can be difficult to calculate, but if you click here you can use a calculator help you understand.

In your case, if a reasonable hotel would have lit the stairwell, then the fact that they didn't would likely point to negligence by the hotel. You may be able to recover your medical expenses and pain and suffering. The only downside is that because the defendant and the cause of action happened in MX, a U.S. court would not have jurisdiction.

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