Cruise Lines are accountable for your safety
Were You Hurt on a Cruise Ship Excursion?
Cruise line sponsored shore excursions offer ways to enjoy the island or port of call that you are visiting. You can swim with dolphins, go hiking, snorkel, dive and jet ski – the list of fun island events is almost limitless. These excursions can be relaxing or adventurous, but either way you’ll need to use caution. No one goes on a shore excursion with the thought of being injured, but it does happen.
We’ve represented numerous passengers who have been injured while on their shore excursion. And when you’re in a foreign environment, hurt and unable to get quality medical care, the entire experience can be frustrating. It can also lead to improper diagnosis, poor medical treatment and extended pain and agony.
Are the Cruise Lines Liable for Your Excursion Accident?
If you were hurt or injured in a shore excursion accident, filing an injury claim and litigating that claim can be very difficult without an knowledgeable and experienced law firm representing you. Determining the defendant can be tricky – is it the cruise line or the tour operator or both?
Jurisdiction must also be established as the incidents generally occur in foreign countries.
Suing for an injury can be a complex situation requiring experienced lawyers who have worked on similar cases against numerous cruise lines and excursion operators. Excursion operators can be related to the cruise line, either directly or indirectly. This means they, or the cruise line itself, may be liable for your injuries.
Yes — the cruise lines do have a responsibility for the safety and well being of their passengers — even once they’ve been let out in Mexico or a Caribbean Island.
However, the cruise lines are known to not accept blame for personal injuries that happened to their passengers who were hurt on an excursion.
Their reasoning? It wasn’t their fault the tour operator didn’t do something correctly, didn’t follow a rule or was operating a faulty vehicle. Their goal is to shift blame and limit the claims and lawsuits filed against the cruise line so that they don’t have to pay for bodily injury, doctor’s bills, missed time at work, pain and suffering, future medical bills, loss of life or other things that limit your ability to live life as you did before the cruise.
Were you injured on a cruise?
How Do Shore Excursion Accidents Occur?
Bus, taxi and transport vehicle accidents
Sailing and boating accidents
Jet ski accidents
Shuttle or tender boat accidents
Hiking and climbing accidents
Horseback riding accidents
Snorkeling and diving accidents
Call today for a free injury claim assessment at 1-305-271-8282.
Why Can These Shore Excursion Accidents be So Bad?In all fairness, most shore trips result in passengers having a good time and returning to their cruise ship safely. However, just because passengers returned safely, it doesn’t mean the tours, vehicles or tour operators were operating safely or within legal guidelines. So why can these accidents be so terrible? Tour operators may not be abiding by rules, regulations or laws (assuming there are any)! Equipment and vehicles may not be properly maintained or be equipped with the proper safety features one might expect in the United States. Simple things like brake light, seat belts and properly inflated tires could lead to accidents. Driver error, unsafe operation and inexperienced employees could lead to issues. Certainly, the emergency response and level of medical attention is nowhere near the level of what U.S. passengers are used to. Some or a mixture of all of these could create a tour bus accident, a boat collision, a scooter wreck — any number of accident scenarios can happen in a foreign country and as a passenger, you may have little help offered to you.
how did the accident happen?
Was it a Simple Accident or Negligence?
It’s unfortunate, but people get hurt on cruise ships each and every day. Many accidents are simply ‘just accidents’ while other accidents are due to the negligence of the cruise line, its employees or even other entities associated with and promoted by the cruise line (like onboard medical personnel or excursion operators).
If you feel your injury was not your fault and are seeking a settlement to pay for medical bills or last wages, we invite you to call us today at 1-305-271-8282 for a free consultation.
What Can You Expect From Our Cruise Ship Attorneys?
If you’ve been injured on a cruise vacation 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.
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.
If you or your family have questions about a cruise injury, accident or medical issue, please call us at this number, 1-305-271-8282.
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