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Were you injured on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship? Do you need to hire a Royal Caribbean Accident Lawyer? If so, our firm can help. It’s unfortunate, but accidents and injuries happen every day on Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships. Our office receives calls and emails on a weekly basis from passengers who have been seriously hurt on their Royal Caribbean cruise vacation and need to speak with an experienced attorney about their legal options.

If you’ve suffered a personal injury while sailing with Royal Caribbean and believe that your injury was sustained due to the negligence of the crew, the cruise line or even a fellow passenger, you may have a potential injury claim and can sue the Royal Caribbean Corporation. Get your free case review today.

Is Royal Caribbean liable for Your Injuries?

You May be Able to Sue Royal Caribbean and Get Compensation For:

Your hospital and doctor bills
Lost pay and wages
Pain and suffering
Loss of future earnings
Long-term or lifelong disability

Other bills related to your injury and recuperation

Call today for a free injury claim assessment at 1-305-271-8282.

Were you injured on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship?

With over 6.5 million passengers traveling on a Royal Caribbean cruise in 2019, the cruise line is one of the most popular in the world. After experiencing reduced travel in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Royal Caribbean is poised to ramp up its sailing schedule in 2022.

While most Royal Caribbean travelers enjoy their vacation, some do not. Some Royal Caribbean passengers become victims of negligence on part of the cruise line, suffering from a wide variety of mishaps including broken bones, medical mistakes and sexual assault. 

Were you hurt while on a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation? Did you slip by the pool? Were you hurt in your cabin? Did you suffer an injury while on a Royal Caribbean tender boat or an excursion planned by the cruise line? 

If so, Royal Caribbean might be responsible for your injuries.

What happens after a Royal Caribbean accident?

Many passengers don’t even realize that the cruise line might be liable for injuries sustained while on the cruise. 

You may also not know that by filing a claim (assuming it can be proven the cruise line or its employees were negligent in their actions or policies) you may be able to get a settlement or verdict against Royal Caribbean Cruise Line that will help pay for medical bills, missed time at work and other compensatory and punitive damages.

If you believe you have a claim against Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines – or even if you’re unsure about your options – you should speak with an attorney.

Quite frankly, most people don’t know what to do if they’ve been involved in an accident. At first, most people focus their attention on getting proper medical treatment and going through rehab and recovery for their injuries. And you should.

It’s generally only when the medical bills start to pile up that passengers think about filing an injury claim or begin to seek the help of an attorney. This is when it’s time to contact a lawyer. We can help you file a claim (or take over if you’ve been frustrated with the process of filing an injury claim against Royal Caribbean yourself).

How much is a Royal Caribbean injury lawsuit worth?

This is an important question asked by cruise ship accident victims. “If I sue Royal Caribbean, how much money can I get?” 
The simple answer is – it depends. Each and every cruise accident or injury is different. And, until an attorney knows the details of your specific case and begins to investigate your claims, there is no easy answer.
Our experienced attorneys will help you navigate the injury claim and lawsuit, any settlement negotiations that occur and will advise you on your chances of success in the courtroom for a injury verdict if a settlement offer is not desirable to you. Cruise ship injury settlement amounts can range from just a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars or even millions of dollars depending on the severity of your injuries and the factors involved with your case.
Our lawyers are absolutely determined to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Over the past 35 years, we’ve achieved numerous, positive settlements and verdicts after cruise ship accidents for the benefit our clients, including:
  • $192,500 for a broken wrist due to a slip and fall on a wet deck.
  • $410,000 for 43 year old man who broke his ankle from a slip and fall on wet bathroom floor.
  • $450,000 for brain damage related to misdiagnosis by the ship’s doctor after a stroke.
  • $1.2 million in recovery after a fall from a poorly maintained stairway.

Confused about your legal rights after a Royal Caribbean accident?

Most Royal Caribbean accident victims are confused about what their rights are – and how to pursue legal action against the cruise line. Was it a simple accident or was the cruise line at fault? What were the circumstances of the accident?

Our experienced Royal Caribbean attorneys can help you determine who was at fault, if the cruise line or its employees were negligent in their actions and if that negligence led to your injuries.

Call Waks and Barnett, P.A. at 1-305-271-8282 for a free consultation. We can help with the frustration and confusion you and your family may be experiencing.

How do I file an injury claim against Royal Caribbean?

Going up against a big cruise line like the Royal Caribbean Corporation by yourself may not end the way you want.

All personal injury cases are complex, but those involving the cruise lines and maritime laws can be even more complex. It’s why there are only a handful of attorneys and law firms that handle cruise ship injury cases.

While some people will try to file an injury claim directly with Royal Caribbean, the best way to protect your rights is with help from an experienced cruise injury law firm.

If your goal is to file an injury claim against Royal Caribbean Cruises, you must read and abide by the terms and conditions laid out in the Ticket Contract that you signed and accepted prior to boarding the cruise ship.

Our attorneys can help you understand whether you have grounds for a claim, where to file the claim (what city and which court), and how best to negotiate a settlement with a cruise line or insurance company – or whether to go to trial.

Where do I file an injury claim against Royal Caribbean?

The Royal Caribbean Cruise Ticket Contract is important as it outlines where injury claims must be filed (the proper court of law and location of the court / forum selection clause) – and the time frame in which the claims must be brought.

Injury claims against Royal Caribbean must be filed in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, specifically in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. 

Ticket contracts from the cruise lines are notoriously difficult to understand. Even attorneys can struggle with the language, terms and conditions of cruise line ticket contracts if they are not experienced with cruise ship injury law and the particulars of maritime law. Remember – the cruise lines will make it as difficult as possible for passengers to file injury lawsuits against them. It’s why hiring experienced cruise ship injury lawyers is so important to the success of your case. 

You can read the Royal Caribbean Ticket Contract here. The opening statements of the ticket contract are below:

YOUR CRUISE/CRUISETOUR TICKET CONTRACT CONTAINS IMPORTANT LIMITATIONS ON THE RIGHTS OF PASSENGERS.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CAREFULLY READ ALL TERMS OF THIS CONTRACT.
YOU ARE ESPECIALLY DIRECTED TO CAREFULLY READ AND UNDERSTAND SECTIONS 3, AND 10 THROUGH 12, AS THEY CONTAIN SIGNIFICANT LIMITATIONS ON YOUR RIGHTS TO ASSERT CLAIMS FOR PERSONAL INJURIES, ILLNESS OR DEATH, AND BAGGAGE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY LOSS OR DAMAGE, AGAINST CARRIER, THE VESSEL, RELATED ENTITIES AND THEIR OFFICERS, AGENTS AND EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING TIME LIMITS AND FORUM FOR CLAIMS AND SUITS, APPLICABLE LAW, ARBITRATION, AND WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL, CLASS ACTIONS AND IN REM PROCEEDINGS.

The United States Supreme Court has previously upheld the limitation of forum clauses printed with or on the back of passenger tickets in Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. v. Shute. This court decision affects all cruise lines including Royal Caribbean.

This concept of Venue Selection that is dictated by Royal Caribbean can be confusing to passengers who are attempting to sue the cruise line? If you live in Ohio, and your Caribbean cruise to Mexico departed from Los Angeles, California – why does a law suit have to filed in Miam-Dade County in Florida? The simple answer is that Royal Caribbean is headquartered there, they chose a local venue – and you agreed to it when you signed the Ticket Contract before boarding. Importantly, in many cases, you would not have to travel to Florida during the lawsuit. Our attorneys can work with you virtually, over the phone, by email and by regular mail. If you would be required to travel to Florida for any reason, our attorneys would advise as to why.

Royal Caribbean passengers from around the world leave from ports across the United States and Canada – not just from Florida, including:

  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Miami, Florida
  • Seward, Alaska
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Oahu (Honolulu, Hawaii, 
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Galveston, Texas
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Cape Liberty, New Jersey
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Seattle, Washington

What are the Statute of Limitations when filing a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean?

Royal Caribbean’s ticket contract also tells when injury claims and lawsuit need to be filed. Abiding by these dates are important and missing them could very well impact your ability to sue the cruise line. Courts have continually upheld this statute of limitations against Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines and have dismissed injury claim cases leaving injured passengers without an ability to sue for damages even if the cruise line was at fault.

Royal Caribbean must receive notice of injury claims within 6 months of the injury occurring and lawsuits must be filed within 1 year.

TIME LIMITS FOR PERSONAL INJURY/ILLNESS/DEATH CLAIMS: NO SUIT SHALL BE MAINTAINABLE AGAINST CARRIER, THE VESSEL OR THE TRANSPORT FOR PERSONAL INJURY, ILLNESS OR DEATH OF ANY PASSENGER UNLESS WRITTEN NOTICE OF THE CLAIM, WITH FULL PARTICULARS, SHALL BE DELIVERED TO CARRIER AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS, C/O ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD., 1050 CARIBBEAN WAY, MIAMI, FL 33132, WITHIN SIX (6) MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF THE INJURY, ILLNESS OR DEATH AND SUIT IS COMMENCED (FILED) WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR FROM THE DATE OF SUCH INJURY, ILLNESS OR DEATH AND PROCESS SERVED WITHIN 120 DAYS AFTER FILING, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW OF ANY STATE OR COUNTRY TO THE CONTRARY

Again, experienced Royal Caribbean accident lawyers will be fully aware of these requirements and can help you collect the information needed to file a lawsuit. However, it’s imperative that cruise ship accident victims don’t wait to speak with an attorney if they believe the cruise line was responsible for their injuries. 

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    You Won't Have Long to File an Injury Claim

    If your goal is to file an injury claim against Royal Caribbean Cruises, you must read and abide by the terms and conditions laid out in their Ticket Contract – and act quickly. 

     

    You’ll have:

    – Just 6 months to file a claim
    – 12 months to file a lawsuit
    – Lawsuit must be filed in Miami, Florida

    Call today for a free injury claim assessment at 1-305-271-8282.

    What can you expect from our Royal Caribbean injury law firm?

    If you’ve been injured on a Royal Caribbean Cruise vacation — or any other cruise, 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.

    Decades of Experience

    Andrew Waks and Joel Barnett have over 70 years of combined maritime law and cruise ship injury claim experience, bringing proven success to each and every lawsuit we manage.

    Complete Representation

    From the first phone call until the case is complete, you can expect our lawyers and support staff will be working hard to get you the financial compensation you deserve.

    Proven Success for Clients

    We know that hurt passengers want to hire cruise ship injury lawyers who win. For more than 35 years, we’ve fought hard, recovering over $100 million dollars on behalf our clients.

    Sue for slip and fall accidents on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

    Royal Caribbean is obligated to keep areas of the boat free from hazards and alert passengers as well as employees about dangerous conditions. When the cruise line or its crew members fail to perform their duties to passengers correctly, the responsibility of the slip and fall injury may fall on the cruise line operating the ship.

    Slipping, tripping and falling is the most common reason for passengers inquiries to our law firm. These types of accidents lead to broken arms and legs, broken hips, cracked ribs, concussions, lacerations and internal injuries. While some accident victims sustain minor injuries, the pain, inconvenience and associated medical bills can still be substantial. And certainly, passengers suffer from more severe injuries that may impact their quality of life.

    Passengers want to know if the accident is their fault – or is the fault due to negligence? Was Royal Caribbean might be responsible for your injuries?

    The details of your accident are very important and will help determine who was at fault and what a potential financial compensation from the cruise line could be.

    Our firm has been able to recover substantial amounts for our clients who were hurt in slip and fall accidents while traveling with Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines, including:

    • $225,000 for 58 year old woman who fractured her ankle from fall on wet stairs.
    • $210,000 for 47 year old man who broke his ankle from fall on wet deck.
    • $212,500 for 39 year old woman who tore ligaments in her knee from fall on wet deck.
    • $5,500,000 for 14 year old boy who suffered a head injury in a fall on a stairway.

    Medical negligence and misdiagnosis by Royal Caribbean doctors

    We’ve represented many Royal Caribbean passengers who were victims of medical malpractice, misdiagnosis and negligence by the cruise ship’s doctors, nurses and medical staff. When Royal Caribbean doctors make mistakes, they and the cruise line can be held accountable and a financial recovery can be made.

    Injuries caused by medical negligence – or made worse by – are often complex and difficult to prove without the help of an attorney. 

    It’s why experience matters greatly in these types of cases. Our cruise ship medical negligence lawyers understand how the cruise lines operate and how to best move a potential medical malpractice case forward, from initial claims to eventual settlement.

    Hurt on a Royal Caribbean shore excursion or tour?

    Yes — Royal Caribbean can have a responsibility for the safety and well-being of their passengers — even once they’ve been let out in Alaska, 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. Yet, Royal Caribbean actively promotes dozens and dozens of tours around the world.

    Were you hurt in a tour bus accident? Injured while parasailing? Suffer from injuries during a diving excursion or while horseback riding? Contact our Royal Caribbean excursion lawyers today.

    Hurt on Royal Caribbean's Flowrider wave machine?

    The FlowRider, one of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines most popular on-board activities, is a “surfing simulator” – riders can enjoy machine made waves while surfing or boogie boarding. It’s also a notoriously dangerous activity that has resulted in seriouse and painful injuries.

    Did the ride malfunction? Were instructors or crew members not present or not doing their job correctly? Was the surfboard or boogie board broken or improperly maintained? There could be any number of reasons why a FlowRider accident occurred, many of which could be related to negligence on part of the cruise line or its employees.

    You can file an injury claim after a Flowrider accident. And you can receive compensation for those injuries. Our Flowrider lawyers can help.

    Royal Caribbean tender accident lawyers

    Tender vessels are much smaller than the cruise ship and with the movement of the ocean, the tender can bang up against the cruise ship causing injuries to occur. The same thing can happen as the tender navigates around other boats in a busy port or attempts to dock. The experience of the crew piloting the tender can also play a role in the safety of the passengers. If you were involved in an accident while aboard a cruise ship tender, please contact us to talk about your injury. Our phone number is 1-305-271-8282.

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    If you were a victim of a sex crime while on a Royal Caribbean cruise, we’d like to hear your story. Our attorneys will speak with you confidentially and will work to help you build a successful case against the person who abused you as well as the cruise line.

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      File and injury claim against Royal Caribbean Cruises

      Working with Royal Caribbean 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. Because we’ve been handling cruise injury cases for so long, we know exactly which steps to take in order to properly and efficiently handle your claim. Our deep understanding of the law, the courts and the cruise lines means better results for you. We will thoroughly review your potential case, investigate the facts surrounding your accident and create a plan of action for pursuing the appropriate compensation for your injuries.

      Our Experience Benefits You

      Cruise injury law is a specialty within maritime and admiralty law – and is an area of the law that most attorneys are not familiar with. Our attorneys have over 70+ years of combined experience successfully representing hundreds of injured Royal Caribbean cruise ship passengers from around the world.

      We know:

      • The Miami and Florida court systems
      • The litigation tactics of the cruise lines
      • The special requirements and limitations of maritime law
      • How to deal with insurance companies

      Help for Royal Caribbean accident victims on all ships

      In over 35 years of representing injured Royal Caribbean passengers, we’ve seen accidents and injuries occur on just about every ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. The average boat carries thousands of passengers and crewmembers on each voyage – and personal injury due to negligence, medical mistakes, sexual assaults and passenger deaths are more common than most passengers would believe. Regardless of which boat you sailed on and which port it sailed from or returned to in the United States or around the world, our attorneys can help.

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