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Overview of Notable Injury Claims

If you’re considering hiring an attorney or a law firm to help you sue a cruise line, you’ll want to feel confidant that they can help you be successful throughout the entire process — from your initial conversation with an attorney until your case is complete.
The following cases show what we’ve done for other clients and what we may be able to do for you. For more information, please call our firm at 1-800-905-2891 or fill out the contact form on this page. Your consultation is free and our firm is only paid for our services if there is a monetary recovery of funds on your behalf.

trip and fall injury

Bimini SuperFast Passenger Trips on Threshold

Attorneys Andrew Waks and Jennifer Thompson obtained a favorable verdict for a 61 year old Michigan woman who tripped and fell over a threshold in a ship’s doorway while on a 2 day cruise to Bimini.

Because of the fall, the passenger fractured her wrist and had to undergo surgery to repair the damage.

The critical issue in the case was whether there were signs on the door warning of the presence of the threshold.

Fortunately, the incident was captured on video. Our firm presented the testimony of a forensic video expert who broke down the videotape frame by frame and told the jury that at least some of the signs the cruise company claimed were on the door probably were not.

The jury found the cruise company 65% at fault and awarded damages of $361,000, which resulted in a 235,000 net verdict to the Plaintiff after reduction for comparative negligence.

The highest offer made by the cruise company was $15,000. Read more here:

cruise excursion injury

Carnival Passenger Claims She Was Injured From Fall During Excursion

The plaintiff alleges that on April 8, 2016, she slipped and fell due to the wet and slippery floor on the defendant’s ship Breeze. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to put up warning signs to warn the plaintiff of the slippery floor and failed to maintain the deck in a reasonably safe condition. Read the complete article from April 21, 2017 here:

slip and fall injury

Carnival Passenger Accuses Cruise Line of Negligence After Fall

According to the complaint, the plaintiff and her husband were passengers on the Carnival ship Valor and purchased a boating excursion with Ocean Vibes. The plaintiff alleges that on Dec. 15, 2015, she sustained serious physical injuries as the result of falling because the defendants’ employees did not safely assist her from getting to the vessel to the dock. Read the complete article from December 29, 2016 here:

Important information for clients

Providing Help When You Need

As someone who was hurt on a cruise ship vacation and is seeking answers, you and your family will have many questions. Our goal is to help you through the process of determining if you have a case against the cruise line and, if so, developing a legal plan of action for the successful settlement of your injury claim.
We’ve provided the following resources to help inform and educate you. If you want answers to your questions quickly, please contact our office today to speak directly with an attorney. We will answer your questions and are happy to provide a free and confidential review of your injury claim.

passenger injured in cabin

Carnival Cruise Passenger Alleges Ladder in Cabin Caused Injuries

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in October 2015, she sustained physical injuries on the defendant’s ship Magic when the ladder for the bunk bed in her cabin caused her to fall. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to warn the plaintiff regarding the hazardous condition of the ladder and failed to maintain the ladder. Read the complete article December 13, 2016 here:

child injured in cabin

Mother Alleges Child Was Injured on Metal Strip In Carnival Ship’s Cabin

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 23, 2015, Leah Johnson sustained physical injuries and permanent scarring when she tripped and fell onto a metal strip while on the defendant’s ship. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to properly warn its passengers regarding the hazardous condition aboard its vessel. Read the complete article December 6, 2016 here:

carpet cause passenger to trip

Carnival Passenger Claims He Was Injured Because of Ship’s Frayed Carpet

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 16, 2015, he sustained physical injuries from tripping on a frayed carpeted floor while traveling on the defendant’s ship Imagination. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to properly warn the plaintiff regarding the hazardous condition and for allowing the condition to exist. Read the complete article November 29, 2016 here:

luggage causes passenger injury

Carnival Cruise Sued Due to Luggage Falling on Passenger

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, on Nov. 1, 2015, she sustained physical injuries when the luggage in front of her fell toward her. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide adequate personnel to assist plaintiff with her luggage. Read the complete article October 28, 2016 here:

EXPERIENCE YOU NEED. RESULTS YOU WANT.

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.

shuttle boat accident

Michigan Cruise Passenger Alleges She Was Injured While Traveling on Carnival Tender

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 30, 2015, she suffered physical injuries from being thrown to the deck of the tender due to harsh weather conditions from Tropical Storm/Hurricane Joaquin. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corp., Blue Illusions and/or Admiralty Marine & Port Services and Carib Resorts Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide adequate assistance or safety features in order to make sure that plaintiff was safe while standing inside the tender. Read the complete article September 30, 2016 here:

knee injury from fall

Florida Cruise Passenger Accuses Carnival Cruise Line of Negligence After Knee Injury

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in May 20, 2015, she suffered physical injuries when she slipped and fell due to a substance left on the floor in the dining room of the ship Paradise. She alleges the incident caused a torn meniscus in her knee. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide adequate warning regarding the hazardous condition of the floor and allowing the condition to exist. Read the complete article September 2, 2016 here:

massage causes back injury

Man Claims Carnival Cruise Ship Massage Caused Herniated Disc

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in July 2015, he experienced pain after getting a hot rock massage by Steiner on the Carnival cruise ship, which was later determined to be caused by a herniated disc that needed surgery to fix. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corp. and Steiner Leisure LTD responsible because the defendants’ employee was too aggressive with the manipulations of the plaintiff’s neck during the massage and that negligence caused the plaintiff’s injuries. Read the complete article August 30, 2016 here:

"Do I have a case?" – It is a question we’re asked every day. Our experienced attorneys will help you quickly determine if you have a case and how best to proceed if you do.

A common question is, can I sue the cruise line on my own — or should I hire an attorney to represent me? We walk you through our thoughts on this.

Accident victims who have incurred medical bills or who have lost money by not being able to work after an injury want to know how much compensation they can get for their injuries.

Child injured on carnival cruise ship

Carnival Cruise Accused of Negligence After Child Injured

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that on Aug. 8, 2015, Michael MacDonald sustained injuries when he slipped and fell while aboard the defendant’s cruise ship Breeze’s Sky Course. The plaintiffs hold Carnival Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide adequate warning and supervision for minors using the Sky Course aboard its vessel. Read the complete article August 16, 2016 here:

waterslide injury

Royal Caribbean Cruise Passenger Alleges Injuries on Waterslide

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on May 25, 2015, he sustained physical injuries when another rider on the slide ran into him. The plaintiff holds Royal Caribbean responsible, because the defendant allegedly failed to control people going down the slide or provide adequate warning to the plaintiff. Read the complete article August 11, 2016 here:

Passenger trips over suitcases

Norwegian Passenger Claims Suitcase Caused Injuries

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on July 26, 2015, she sustained physical injuries when she tripped over a suitcase that was left at the bottom of a staircase on the Norwegian Jewel. The plaintiff holds NCL (Bahamas) LTD responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to properly train its employees and failed to maintain the ship in a safe condition for passengers. Read the complete article July 27, 2016 here:

raised metal causes passenger to trip

Passenger Filed Suite Against Carnival for Alleged Trip and Fall Injuries

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on May 11, 2015, she sustained physical injuries when she tripped and fell due to a raised piece of metal on the floor of the vessel Miracle. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to maintain the floor of the deck or provide adequate warning to passengers regarding the condition of the walkway. Read the complete article July 12, 2016 here:

EXPERIENCE YOU NEED. RESULTS YOU WANT.

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.

accident boarding boat shuttle

Norwegian Cruise Ship Passenger Alleges Injuries From Fall While Boarding Tender

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Feb. 5, 2015, she sustained physical injuries from falling when she was attempting to board a tender from the dock. The plaintiff holds NCL (Bahamas) LTD responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide adequate assistance to plaintiff and its passengers that were attempting to board the tender. Read the complete article July 11, 2016 here:

passenger injured on cruise ship excursion

UK Citizen Alleges Injury From Wave Runner Tour

According to the complaint, the plaintiff and the defendant were passengers on the cruise ship Freedom of the Seas. The plaintiff alleges that on March 4, while the ship was docked at Labadee, Haiti, she was broadsided by the defendant while on a wave runner tour, causing serious injuries. The plaintiff holds Hunter responsible because the defendant allegedly negligently operated his wave runner. Read the complete article April 12, 2016 here:

hot tub causes passenger to slip, break leg

Cruise Ship Passenger Sues for Damages After Breaking Leg

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, on Jan. 10, she slipped and fell on the steps as she was exiting the hot tub on Deck 10 on the ship Dream, resulting in a fractured femur in her left leg. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to warn her of the dangerous condition of the surface and failed to remedy such condition, despite prior knowledge of same. Read the complete article March 19, 2016 here:

passenger injured in casino

Carnival Cruise Ship Passenger Sues for Alleged Injury

The plaintiff alleges that, on Jan. 18, 2015, she was struck from behind by a poker machine that was being moved by a crew member. The plaintiff holds Carnival Corporation responsible because the defendant’s crew member allegedly failed to properly secure the poker machine to the cart while being transported, allegedly failed to have an assistant to prevent the poker machine from falling off, and allegedly moved the machine at a time when it had to be maneuvered around passengers in the casino. Read the complete article March 9, 2016 here:

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