The Miami-based law firm of Waks and Barnett, P.A. has successfully represented passengers who have been seriously injured, hurt or medically impaired in accidents while on a cruise vacation.
We understand the pain and frustration our clients are going through. Our goal is to take that weight from you and provide you the trusted, legal representation you deserve.
Our lawyers fight the cruise lines and the insurance companies to help you and your family receive fair compensation for your injuries, your medical bills and wages for lost time at work.
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Read our latest blog post, February 11th 2015: Regal Princess Returns to Miami Due to Medical Emergency.
Our cruise ship injury attorneys will help you determine if you have a case. As part of a Free Consultation in the office or over the phone, we will ask you a series of questions to determine if your claim has merit.
Some of those questions would include:
Understanding the circumstances surrounding your injury will allow us to help you determine if you have a case against the cruise line. We will review your potential case thoroughly, investigate the facts surrounding your accident and create a plan of action for pursuing compensation for your injuries.
Our cruise ship accident lawyers have been helping injured passengers and crew members for more than 25 years. We help you understand your rights as a passenger or crew member and will assist you in filing an injury claim against the cruise line.
If you believe negligence played a role in your injury (whether on the cruise or on a cruise excursion), please contact our office. We've seen hundreds, if not thousands of injuries suffered on cruise ships - and many are eligible for legal action!
Good News for Passengers! In a new ruling from a Waks and Barnett, P.A. case, victims of medical malpractice and neglignce at the hands of the ship's doctors, nurses and medical staff can now sue the cruise line. Read more about the case (Franza v. Royal Caribbean) and it's significance.
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Many of our cases have resulted in settlements or monetary recovery for cruise ship injuries exceeding $1 million.
Working with a cruise line to file an injury claim can be a complicated and frustrating process, especially when you try to do it alone. The best results generally come when an injured passenger hires a lawyer to help with their case.
We help passengers by representing them, by using our knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding cruise injury claims and by utilizing our specific experience dealing with cruise ship accidents.
We are available for consultation regarding personal injury claims and will speak with you even if you are unsure about whether you have a valid claim or not. Many passengers don't even realize they can sue a cruise line until the talk with a lawyer.
Most importantly, we help injured passengers get:
Accidents can occur aboard the ship, in cabins or bathrooms, on stairways, on wet or slippery decks, because of defective equipment and as a result of assaults by crew members. They can also occur off the ship, on gangways, getting on or off tenders or even during shore excursions.
Common injuries include:
It is unfortunate, but with millions of passengers traveling on cruise ships each year, accidents and related injuries are bound to happen.
They happen on all cruise lines including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Celebrity, Disney, Princess and Holland America as well as other smaller cruise lines.
Lawyers who work for the cruise lines are continually dealing with claims from injured passengers. It's important to note that the cruise lines will work very hard to delay, avoid or minimize potential claims so they don't have to pay money and admit fault. And that is one of the main reasons why passengers and their families hire cruise ship injury lawyers to represent them.
Your case is not our first case. That's an important point to make.
Cruise ship injury law is different from other areas of the law and your local attorney is not likely to have experience dealing with the complexity of cruise injury claims. Our highly experienced lawyers have handled hundreds of cases and understand how to create effective strategies for successful representation of your case.
Crewmembers aboard cruise ships and other working vessels may also become severely injured, sick or unable to work. They may be fired without reason. They may treated unfairly. Remember, crewmembers are protected under the Jones Act and may be eligible for compensation, lost wages, medical bills and other benefits.
Our job is to provide legal advice and representation to crewmembers from around the world who need to file claims against their employer.
Cruise ship injury lawyers - also called Maritime Lawyers - work with special personal injury claims. We represent passengers who have been involved in recreational accidents (on cruises or boats) as well as crew members injured in a work related accident. Anyone who has been injured while aboard a vessel is likely to have many questions that they need answered. We can provide the answers.
The main purpose of the Jones Act is to aid seamen and crew who were injured while at work - no matter the type of commercial marine vessel. Our goal is to help our clients devise a legal plan for moving forward after their injury. This may include suing for damages, pain and suffering, future medical bills, future lost wages and more.