Just imagine – you’re on a Carnival Cruise vacation, sitting on deck with your wife. You head back to your cabin to grab the novel you’ve been reading, but as you navigate the stairs back to your room, you stumble and trip because of ripped carpeting or a handrail that was broken.
You wrench your back and end up in the ship’s medical office where and examination and X-rays show you have done some real damage!
You’re laid up for the remainder of the cruise. Your relaxing vacation is over and now you’re dealing with a painful, slow healing back injury and the uncertainty of what to do next.
Was it just an accident? Or was Carnival Cruise Line at fault? Or were Carnival’s crew members at fault?
After an Back Injury on a Cruise Ship, What Should You Do?
Initially, your concern is getting treatment for your back injury (and it should be). Getting medical treatment is the most important thing to do in the wake of an accident.
But after a few hours or a few days when you’re back at home after the cruise (or even after a few months) you begin to wonder if you might be able to get compensation for your injuries to help pay for medical bills or missed time at work (much less the pain and inconvenience of it all).
Should you speak with an attorney who represents passengers against the cruise lines?
YES – injuries are much more common on cruise ships than you might imagine! Though the cruise industry does not report injury statistics, our law firm answers numerous calls every single week from passengers who have been injured. Often they are confused as to what actions to take.
They want to know:
- Can I file a lawsuit?
- Will the cruise line reimburse me because of the accident?
- Will the cruise line pay for bills or lost wages?
- Do I need an attorney?
- Can I file a claim without a lawyer?
- How do I do all of this?
*NOTE: each case is different – it’s best to speak with an attorney who can help you understand the specific details of your potential case – and create a plan of action.
You may also not know that by filing a claim (assuming it can be proven the cruise line did something wrong) you can get a settlement or verdict against the cruise line that will help pay for medical bills, missed time at work and other compensatory and punitive damages.
Finding a Cruise Ship Lawyer is a Smart Choice – and the Right Choice
If you believe you have a claim against the cruise line – or even if you’re unsure about your options – you should speak with cruise ship injury lawyers who have years of experience representing passengers and crewmembers.
Call Waks and Barnett, P.A. at 1-800-905-2891 for a free consultation. We can help with the frustration and confusion you and your family may be experiencing.
Some of our recent injured passenger inquiries include:
- Lower back injuries, making it hard to go to work
- A passenger who suffered a fall with ongoing injuries on a Carnival Cruise
- Busted knee and back problems from a fall on Carnival Elation
Have Questions for a Cruise Ship Personal Injury Attorney?
We’d enjoy speaking to you. Don’t let your questions go unanswered. Time is often a consideration when determining whether you should file a claim for an injury you’ve suffered.
How can we help? Call the Cruise Injury Lawyers at Waks and Barnett, P.A. in Miami, Florida at 800-905-2891.