At our law firm, we work with passengers and crew who are are seeking compensation for injuries they suffered while traveling or working on cruise ships.
Each day, we receive phone calls, emails and referrals from other personal injury lawyers. Each inquiry highlights some sort of accident, incident or form of negligence that can be directly attributed to an injury — a broken leg, a mistreated patient in the ship’s doctor’s office or sexual assault for example.
Not every inquiry results in a lawsuit against a cruise line. Some accidents are simply ‘just accidents’ and there really is not claim to be made or compensation to be pursued.
Yet, many inquiries do showcase the negligence or the ineptitude of the cruise lines, their policies, mismanagement or oversight. In these cases, there are grounds for moving forward with a lawsuit to seek a financial result — one that would help our injured client with mounting medical bills, missed opportunities at work or money for a injury that may have lifelong impact on their day to day lives.
In January 2018, we received many inquiries from passengers and crew, some of them listed below:
Cruise water slide disabling injury…
This passenger was hurt on the water slide. The pool, the areas around the pools, water slides, hot tubs — these are areas on a cruise ship that can be hazardous. The pool surface is generally wet. There are a lot of people around with items like bags, towels, toys and more. The cruise ship itself is rolling on the waves. There are many opportunities for ‘something to happen.’
Norwegian cruise line/island injury claim question
Not all accidents happen on the cruise ship itself. Sometimes people are injured while on an excursion trip or on the beach of an island stopover.
Was hurt on a cruise when a group was fighting
Occasionally, fights break out on cruise ships (like this Carnival Legend cruise recently near Australia which was labeled the ‘cruise from hell‘ by passengers).
Injured on carnival excursion due to a malfunction on their part!
Hurt on the Disney Dream
Not all Disney cruises are ‘a dream’ as, like other cruise lines, sometimes things just don’t go like they are expected. While Disney tends to see less personal injury claims than Carnival or Royal Caribbean, passengers who are hurt on these cruises still have rights and need access to proper legal guidance.
Question about suing Royal Caribbean cruises
We receive many ‘questions about suing’ — passengers really have no idea what their recourse is after an injury occurs. They have lots of questions and that’s the reason cruise injury law firms like ours exist — to help passengers determine the answers to their questions and outline a plan for moving forward with a lawsuit if warranted.
Waks and Barnett, P.A. | Admiralty and Maritime Law
Waks & Barnett attorneys practice in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, with a focus on Cruise Ship Injury and Accidents, Admiralty and Maritime cases. For more information, please call our office in Miami — our number is 1-800-905-2891. All initial consultations are free of charge.
Cruise ship accidents are not uncommon, with many leading to personal injury and wrongful death suits filed against the cruise lines. Waks and Barnett, P.A. has successfully handled many of these cases over the past 25 years.