Miami Cruise ship inury Lawyers
Over 35 Years of Cruise Injury Experience
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 it’s served our clients well.
If you’ve been hurt in a cruise ship accident or because of the actions of the cruise line, it’s policies or employees, don’t hesitate to call us. We’d like to help you. When you call, we’ll provide a complete and thorough case review at no cost to you.
Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers, Miami FL
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.
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If you’ve been hurt as the result of a cruise ship accident or any other accident while at sea, our attorneys should be able to help you.
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, we can help you resolve your case in the most effective manner possible.
Cruise Ship Injury Lawyers in Miami, Florida
With Miami’s close proximity to the Caribbean and the ports of call within, the Port of Miami has long been the busiest cruise ship departure point in the United States. In fact, there were more than 6.8 million cruise passengers embarking on shorter round-trip cruises as well as longer island hopping vacations in 2019.
PortMiami is home to the headquarters and terminals of two cruise lines – MSC Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL). Other cruise lines with Miami terminals or home ports of call are Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises and Virgin Voyages.
Most passengers will begin and end their cruise in Miami. And most of them will have enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing vacation. But some passengers will arrive back in Miami, the victims of serious accidents and with terrible injuries. It’s not unusual for hurt passengers to go directly from PortMiami to a hospital for further treatment. It’s at this point when accident victims are hurt, confused and unsure of what options they have if they were hurt through no fault of their own and believe the cruise line’s negligent actions may have played a role in their injuries.
We’re regularly contacted by cruise ship accident victims while they are still on the cruise – or while they’re in a local hosptial. They want a Miami cruise accident attorney to advise them what to do while they’re still on the boat and what to do as soon as they leave the boat. Our advice is to always seek proper medical care first and to seriously consider visiting a doctor soon after leaving the ship, whether in Miami or after returning home. Medical care on cruise ships can be less thorough and the care below standards of most U.S. hospitals.
Miami or Florida Venues for Cruise Injury Claims
Regardless of where you live and potentially where you sailed from or returned to, if you are filing an injury claim or suing a cruise line, you and your attorney will need to abide by the specifics of the individual cruise line’s passenger ticket. You were required to sign this document prior to your cruise and it outlines ‘what happens’ if you are injured and intend to bring a lawsuit against the cruise line. Ticket contracts can be confusing and generally require an experienced maritime injury lawyer to help you determine what steps need to be taken to successfully file an injury claim.
Carnival Cruise Line: You must file injury claims and lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, Florida. Carnival Corporation will work to limit it’s liability for accidents and injuries. Read the full passenger ticket contract here.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line: You must file injury claims and lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, Florida. Royal Caribbean (RCCL) will work to limit it’s liability for accidents and injuries. Read the full passenger ticket contract here.
Celebrity Cruises: You must file injury claims and lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, Florida. Celebrity Cruises will work to limit it’s liability for accidents and injuries. Read the full passenger ticket contract here.
Other cruise lines will require lawsuits be filed in different locations. For example, Holland America injury claims must be made in Seattle, Washington while Princess Cruises must be made in Los Angeles County, California. While those courts are outside of Florida, our cruise ship injury lawyers can help you with those claims as well.
Don’t Leave Your Case to a Local Attorney — Make Sure to Find a Miami Cruise Ship Injury Law Firm
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. Attorneys like those at Waks and Barnett are experienced and knowledgeable regarding the correct procedures involved in bringing a lawsuit against the various cruise lines. Not only are we just 20 miles from PortMiami and the cruise ship terminals, we’re also just 20 miles from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami.
That experience comes from working with thousands of clients for more than 35 years. Being located in Miami allows our firm to provide the support and resources our clients need. It’s why you’ll find so many personal injury law firms in Florida who are focused on representing cruise ship victims.
Am I Required to Find a Miami Cruise Lawyer to Help Me?
No. You are not required to use the services of a Miami or Florida based lawyer to help with your injury claim or lawsuit. However, most injured passengers will eventually work with someone in Miami. Either they’ve found them online through a Google search for ‘Miami Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer’ or their local attorney has referred them. A lawyer or law firm who has the experience and intimate understanding of maritime law will give their client more opportunity for success against the cruise lines and their attorneys.
Will I Need to Travel to Miami After My Cruise Accident?
Most injury claims filed against the cruise lines will not require the victim to travel to Miami. This is a great benefit to our clients who may be recovering from serious injuries after their cruise ship accident and whose injuries and trauma may prevent them from traveling. Our Miami based cruise lawyers will represent you throughout the entire process and will communicate with you by phone, email and the mail services as needed.
That being said, all cruise ship lawsuits are different. If you are required to travel to Miami, we will advise you of this far in advance. Additionally, upon first hearing about your specific case during our free case review, we should be able to let you know if travel will be required and when.
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Don’t Wait to Call a Cruise Ship Attorney in Miami, FL
Waiting means potentially losing out on financial compensation for your injuries.
Cruise lines rely on the fact that many passengers will take a long time to contact an attorney and file and injury claim against them. But when passengers wait, it can make it very difficult or even impossible to make an injury claim.
Why is that? The cruise lines — in the passenger ticket contract that you signed before embarking on your cruise vacation — specified the time frames in which injured passengers and their lawyers can file a lawsuit. For most major cruise lines — Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean and others — notice of a claim must come within about 6 months of the injury’s occurrence and lawsuit filed within 1 year.
While 6 months or a year seems like a long time, for many passengers who were severely injured, the first few months are spent recovering from their injuries, dealing with surgeries and medical visits and beginning the long road to recovery.
The idea of filing a lawsuit (or even how to go about doing so) is more than they can handle. And when passengers reach out to the cruise lines for help, it’s not unusual for them to be stalled, stonewalled, mislead and misdirected. The cruise lines are very much aware that if they can push you past the time frame for filing an injury claim against them, they’ve essentially won…there is no fault accepted or compensation provided…even if the cruise lines were completely negligent and that negligence was responsible for your pain and suffering.
Some passengers are not even aware that a cruise line can be legally and financially responsible for their injuries! It often take the prodding of friends and family (or mounting medical bills) for them to contact an attorney.
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Thank You for Considering Our Firm
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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