Carnival Cruise Injury Lawyers
Can I sue Carnival Cruise Line After an Accident?
It’s unfortunate, but accidents and injuries happen every day on Carnival Cruise Ships. Our office receives calls and emails on a weekly basis from passengers who have been seriously hurt on their Carnival cruise vacation and need to speak with an experienced attorney about their legal options. Most want to know if they can file a lawsuit against Carnival after an accident.
If you’ve suffered a personal injury while sailing with Carnival and believe that your injury was sustained due to the negligence of the crew, the cruise line or even a fellow passenger, you may have a potential claim and can sue the Carnival Cruise Corporation for damages related to your injuries.
Is Carnival Cruise liable for Your Injuries?
We Can Help You Sue Carnival Cruise Line and Get Compensation For:
- Your personal pain and suffering
- Hospital, doctor and medical bills
- Missed time at work, lost pay and wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Long-term or lifelong disability
Call today for a free injury claim assessment at 1-305-271-8282.
Passenger Lawsuits Against Carnival Cruise Line
In 2019 Carnival sailed with over 12 million passengers on their cruise ships around the world resulting in over $20 billion dollars in revenue. Yet, the company also faced thousands of passenger injury claims – many from passengers who suffered life-changing injuries and health problems. We expect the same in 2020 and beyond, whether through Coronavirus litigation or other personal injuries and medical negligence claims.
What we’ve found over the years is that with so many passengers traveling on Carnival ships – when combined with an intense focus on profits – it equates to a company that treats passenger safety as a cost of doing business…and not a primary concern as they may lead their passengers to believe. That leads to thousands of severely injured Carnival Cruise accident victims each year who need legal help.
When hurt while vacationing with Carnival Cruise Line, many passengers don’t even realize that the cruise line might be liable for injuries sustained while on the cruise. You may also not know that by filing a claim (assuming it can be proven the cruise line or its employees were negligent in their actions or policies) you may be able to get a settlement or verdict against Carnival Cruise Line that will help pay for medical bills, missed time at work and other compensatory and punitive damages.
If you believe you have a claim against Carnival Cruise Lines – or even if you’re unsure about your options – you should speak with an attorney.
Quite frankly, most people don’t know what to do if they’ve been involved in an accident. At first, most people focus their attention on getting proper medical treatment and going through rehab and recovery for their injuries. And you should.
It’s generally only when the medical bills start to pile up that passengers think about filing an injury claim or begin to seek the help of an attorney. This is when it’s time to contact a lawyer. We can help you file a claim (or take over if you’ve been frustrated with the process of filing an injury claim against Carnival Cruises yourself).
Most accident victims are confused about what their rights are – and how to pursue legal action against the cruise line. Was it a simple accident or was the cruise line at fault? What were the circumstances of the accident? Our attorneys can help you determine who was at fault, if the cruise line or its employees were negligent in their actions and if that negligence led to your injuries.
Frequently asked questions about suing Carnival Corporation?
- Do I really need a lawyer to bring a lawsuit against Carnival for an accident?
- How long do I have to file an injury claim against Carnival?
- Where do I have to file a lawsuit against Carnival?
- How do I prove that Carnival was responsible for my injury?
- What kind of settlement (money) can I expect to receive after suing Carnival Cruises?
- How long will a Carnival Cruise lawsuit take?
- What do I do about medical bills related to my Carnival accident?
Our attorneys can quickly answer those questions and also provide answers to other common questions including do I have a case, do I really need a lawyer, how much will it cost to file a lawsuit and what is my case worth? Call Waks and Barnett, P.A. at 1-305-271-8282 for a free consultation. We can help with the frustration and confusion you and your family may be experiencing.
Meet Our Carnival Cruise Accident Lawyers
Our lawyers have considerable professional experience in all areas of maritime law and personal injury. We’re here to help you with the legal advice and representation you deserve.
Decades of Experience
Andrew Waks and Joel Barnett have over 70 years of combined maritime law and cruise ship injury claim experience, bringing proven success to each and every lawsuit we manage.
From the first phone call until the case is complete, you can expect our lawyers and support staff will be working hard to get you the financial compensation you deserve.
Proven Success for Clients
We know that hurt passengers want to hire cruise ship injury lawyers who win. For more than 35 years, we’ve fought hard, recovering over $100 million dollars on behalf our clients.
How Do I File a Lawsuit Against Carnival – And Where?
It’s important to know that Carnival cruise ship lawsuits begin with filing an injury claim against the cruise line.
The question for our firm when passengers report injuries to our firm are:
- What role did Carnival’s actions play (if any) in this accident?
- Was Carnival or its employees negligent in their actions or policies?
- Was the cruise line at fault?
- Could the cruise line be held liable for the passenger’s injury, healthcare and loss of wages?
A potential case sparks many questions and requires the collection of facts, documentation and other information so we can help determine “what happened” and “why it happened.” The case is also no different than other potential cases that cross our desks each day. Our goal is to help each cruise ship injury victim to prove their case and get the compensation they deserve.
But who files those injury claims and where do you file those Carnival cruise lawsuits? The cruise line actually tell you exactly how to do that in the Ticket Contract that you signed before going on your cruise. However, most passengers never even read this contract.
The Carnival Ticket Contract tells you how, when and where lawsuits against the cruise line can be filed. They can be scary to read if you’re not an attorney and include phrases like “legal notice” and “legally binding contract” and “read carefully.”
Before you set foot on a Carnival cruise, you’re potentially giving up rights to sue the cruise company for any personal injuries you receive while on board their ships and potentially on any excursions you may have taken while on your vacation. Carnival’s terms include forum selection, choice of law, time limitations of filing a claim or bringing a lawsuit, how arbitration works, waiving rights to class actions and much more.
Carnival Cruise’s ticket contract says that if you’re hurt on their ship, you must provide:
- Details of the accident must be in writing and delivered within 185 days of the injury or death
- The lawsuit must be filed within one year of the accident
- Cases must be filed in The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County.
Carnival Corporation owns Carnival Cruise Line as well as other lines including Holland America, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Seabourn, Winstar, AIDA cruises and more.
As most cruise ship injury lawyers will tell you, the terms and conditions are written by cruise ship company lawyers with one main purpose – to protect the cruise line from lawsuits. They make it really difficult to sue them. Cruise lines are very good at getting you to spend money with them and are just as good at minimizing their responsibility to pay hurt passengers after an accident.
If you or an attorney you’ve hired to manage your case does not abide by the terms and conditions of the cruise line, your case could be dismissed and you risk not being able collect much-needed compensation for injuries related to your accident.
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What Should You Do If You Were Hurt in an Accident on a Carnival Cruise Ship?
If you were hurt while on a Carnival cruise vacation – whether on the ship itself, a tender boat that was transporting you to an island or on an excursion off of the ship – the very first thing you want to do is to seek medical attention.
During or after the accident, and if possible, it is extremely important to gather information about the incident. Memories can fade quickly or become hazy. Write down what happened. Get statements from any witnesses, passengers or crew members and take photographs of the scene.
Now it’s time to report what happened. You’ll want to have the cruise line document what happened and have a record that you contacted the ship’s authorities. You may be questioned by the ship’s security team or others investigating the accident. Be sure to get a full report and names of any crew you spoke with.
As soon as you arrive back in port, contact an attorney who brings lawsuits against Carnival. We even have clients who directly from the ship! The reason is that a cruise lawyer will have special knowledge of cruise injury claims and can properly advise you what steps you need to take. Remember, the clock is ticking after an accident. You’ll only have 185 days to notify Carnival of your injury claim. That time can go by quickly if you’re dealing with hospital visits, surgeries and recovery.
What type of injuries do passengers suffer from in Carnival accidents? We see all types of injuries including broken bones, internal organ damage, neck and spinal injuries, knee and ankle damage, back injuries, concussion and brain injuries as well as mental anguish and emotional distress.
While Carnival Cruise advertisements show everyone having fun, the reality is that their ships are floating cities where anything can happen. In 35 years, we’ve seen every type of injury imaginable. Our job is to hold Carnival accountable for their role in your accident and help you get money to pay for your injuries.
Examples of Settlements We've Won for Our Clients
With 35 years of experience representing injured cruise ship passengers, we’ve successfully gained settlements and verdicts against Carnival Cruise Line and many other cruise lines including:
Head injury settlement: $5,500,000 for 14 year old boy who suffered a head injury in a fall on a stairway.
Broken ankle in cruise ship bathroom: $410,000 for 43 year old man who broke his ankle from slip and fall on wet bathroom floor.
Broken wrist on wet deck: $192,500 for 74 year old woman who broke her wrist from slip and fall on wet deck.
Settlement for broken ankle on wet deck: Cruise lawsuit settlement of $210,000 for 47 year old man who broke his ankle from fall on wet deck.
Injuries sustained during a fall: $2.4 Million for two passengers seriously injured in separate accidents when they fell over a stair railing.
Settlement for herniated disk injury: $1.2 Million recovery for hair stylist on cruise ship who suffered a herniated disc from fall on negligently
Stairway injury: $950,000 for 11 year old who suffered a mild head injury in a fall on a stairway.
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Hurt? The Carnival Corporation is not your friend
You Won't Have Long to File an Injury Claim Against Carnival
If your goal is to file an injury claim against Carnival Cruise Lines, you must read and abide by the terms and conditions laid out in their Ticket Contract – and act quickly. You’ll have:
- Just 6 months to file a claim
- 12 months to file a lawsuit
- Must be filed in Miami, Florida
Read the Carnival Cruise Line Ticket Contract here.
Call today for a free injury claim assessment at 1-305-271-8282.
What Can You Expect From Our Carnival Cruise Accident Attorneys?
If you’ve been injured on a Carnival Cruise vacation — or any other cruise line, you want someone to fight for you against the cruise line attorneys, the insurance companies and other parties.
That is what we do for you – that is what you can expect from our firm and our attorneys. And while we can not guarantee results in the courtroom – no attorney can – we do guarantee that we will work diligently to achieve the best possible result for you.
We will thoroughly review your potential case, investigate the facts surrounding your accident and create a plan of action for pursuing compensation for your injuries.
If you choose to have us represent you, we’ll send a retainer package. From there, we’ll represent you and work toward resolution, either through a settlement with the cruise line or through a decision made by the court.
Hiring attorneys to sue Carnival? Remember, there is no fee charged to you for our services. We work on a ‘contingency fee‘ basis which means there is no charge for our services unless you receive compensation from the cruise line.
Our clients need help! It’s why they turn to us investigate their injury claims and file lawsuits on their behalf against the cruise lines for slip and fall accidents, swimming pool accidents, cases of medical negligence, rape and sexual assault and crew member injury claims.
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File an Injury Claim Against Carnival Cruise Line
Working with the Carnival Corporation 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. Because we’ve been handling cruise injury cases for so long, we know exactly which steps to take in order to properly and efficiently handle your claim.
Our deep understanding of the law, the courts and the cruise lines means better results for you. We will thoroughly review your potential case, investigate the facts surrounding your accident and create a plan of action for pursuing the appropriate compensation for your injuries.
Help for Carnival Cruise Accident Victims on all Carnival ShipsIn over 35 years of representing injured Carnival passengers, we’ve seen accidents and injuries occur on just about every ship in the Carnival fleet. The average boat carries thousands of passengers and crewmembers on each voyage – and personal injury due to negligence, medical mistakes, sexual assaults and passenger deaths are more common than most passengers would believe. Regardless of which boat you sailed on and which port it sailed from or returned to in the United States or around the world, our attorneys can help.
- Carnival Breeze Accidents
- Carnival Conquest Accidents
- Carnival Dream Accidents
- Carnival Ecstasy Accidents
- Carnival Elation Accidents
- Carnival Fantasy Accidents
- Carnival Fascination Accidents
- Carnival Freedom Accidents
- Carnival Glory Accidents
- Carnival Horizon Accidents
- Carnival Imagination Accidents
- Carnival Inspiration Accidents
- Carnival Legend Accidents
- Carnival Liberty Accidents
- Carnival Magic Accidents
- Carnival Mardi Gras Accidents
- Carnival Miracle Accidents
- Carnival Panorama Accidents
- Carnival Paradise Accidents
- Carnival Pride Accidents
- Carnival Radiance Accidents
- Carnival Sensation Accidents
- Carnival Spirit Accidents
- Carnival Sunrise Accidents
- Carnival Sunshine Accidents
- Carnival Valor Accidents
- Carnival Victory Accidents
- Carnival Vista Accidents
Our Experience Benefits You
Cruise injury law is a specialty within maritime and admiralty law – and is an area of the law that most attorneys are not familiar with. Our attorneys have over 70+ years of combined experience successfully representing hundreds of injured Carnival cruise ship passengers from around the world.
- State of Florida and United States Federal court systems
- The litigation tactics of the cruise lines
- The special requirements and limitations of maritime law
- How to deal with insurance companies
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