If hurt, the cruise lines are not your friend

Do I Need a Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer?

The fact is, you’re not required to have a lawyer to represent you when you file an injury claim against the cruise line. You can work directly with the cruise line’s lawyers and representatives of the insurance companies.

The reality, however, is that by hiring a lawyer to represent you, you’re far more likely to be successful in correctly filing a claim, managing the legal process and gaining the appropriate financial compensation you deserve for your injury.

And the entire process will be much easier and much less frustrating for you and your family when you have a lawyer working on your behalf. That can offer you a tremendous amount of relief as our clients are generally focused on “getting better” after their injury by visiting their doctors, undergoing treatment, and working through rehab and physical therapy.

Our attorneys will handle all of the other issues for you. With a simple phone call, we can provide answers to all of your questions, determine if you do have the ability to file an injury claim, and if you do, what the ‘next steps’ should be. Contact our office today.

35 Years of cruise law experience on your side

We Represent You Throughout the Entire Process

From your first phone call and free consultation with our firm and until a financial settlement or lawsuit verdict is reached, we will represent you throughout the entire process.
It’s what we’ve done for thousands of clients for over 35 years. We fully understand that the people we represent are often dealing with life altering injuries and are more focused on recovery than on trying to represent themselves.
Cruise ship injury law can be cloudy and confusing, especially for someone not experienced with ‘how the process works.’ We take that burden from you, protect your legal rights and work toward getting you the money you deserve to pay for pain and suffering, medical bills and lost time at work.


We're Ready to Help After Your Cruise Ship Injury

At Waks and Barnett, P.A., we make it a point to devote our full attention and resources to each of our clients. That begins with the first phone call and carries through until your case is resolved. This is the approach we’ve taken for over 35 years and across thousands of personal injury cases.

Our clients, who are often the victims of terrible accidents or utter negligence by the cruise lines, benefit from our dedication to their cases and the compassion and understanding we provide to them.

With our meticulous approach to casework and extensive experience dealing with personal injury claims – especially as it relates to maritime and cruise injury law – we can help you resolve your case in the most effective manner possible.

Paying Money to Hurt Passengers Isn't Good for the bottom line

The Cruise Lines Will Do Their Best to Avoid Claims and Payment

The lawyers and representatives of the cruise lines will do what they can to avoid, delay or minimize the injury claims and lawsuits that are directed at them. They will also do their best to minimize payment settlements.
The truth is that it’s not in the best interest of the cruise line to admit fault and pay out damages to injured passengers. The cruise lines are ‘for profit’ businesses and lawsuit settlements negatively impact their bottom line. It’s not uncommon for the cruise line to offer you a quick settlement, throw some free tickets your way and end the claim. And while it may be good to money quickly, you’re likely to get far less than you deserve.
You don’t need to be pressured into taking a lower dollar amount quicker. You’ll want to consider future medical bills, potential lost earnings if you’re still working and any residual emotional and physical issues that may arise in the coming months and years ahead. Remember, the cruise lines and insurance companies know what they are doing and are working for their benefit, not yours. It’s why it is so important to have an attorney representing your best interests.

Paying Money to Hurt Passengers Isn't Good for the bottom line

Should I Just Hire My Hometown Attorney?

It’s not uncommon for injured passengers to reach out to a local attorney first. However, most lawyers are not admiralty or maritime lawyers and are not experienced with cruise ship injury law.
The cruise lines dictate within their ticket contract (which is the contract you signed before boarding the cruise ship) where injury claims must be filed. This clause is called the forum selection and for cruise lines like Carnival, Royal Caribbean and many other larger lines, the location is in Miami.

Your hometown attorney may not know enough to file the claim within the correct court, within the correct city and within the time frame that is also dictated by the cruise lines. And most likely, once they realize that cruise injury law is outside their expertise, they’ll refer you to an experienced cruise injury law firm like ours.


Thank You for Considering Our Firm

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

Many passengers don’t even realize they can sue a cruise line until the talk with a lawyer. 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.

Thank you for considering Waks and Barnett, P.A. We’re here to help when you need.

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