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Yes – You Can Sue A Cruise Line After An Accident or Injury

If you were the victim of a cruise ship accident, excursion accident or even medical negligence, you may be able to sue the cruise line that was responsible. Sadly, thousands of passengers a year are severely injured each year, often through no fault of their own. It’s important to know that hurt passengers can file injury claims and lawsuits against the cruise line that they sailed with.

With more than 35 years of experience litigating cruise ship accident and injury cases, the attorneys at Waks and Barnett, P.A. have found that passengers and their family are often frustrated and confused about what to do after an accident  – especially as it relates to their legal options and ability to hold the cruise lines accountable. But don’t worry, our law firm is here to help!

Can the cruise lines be held accountable for Your Injuries?

We Help Passengers Sue Cruise Lines So They Can Be Compensated For:

  • Hospital and doctor bills
  • Lost pay and wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Long-term or lifelong disability
  • Any and all costs related to passenger’s injuries

Call today for a free injury claim assessment at 1-800-905-2891.

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Our Lawyers File Injury Claim Lawsuits Against the Cruise Lines

Our lawyers have considerable professional experience in all areas of maritime law and cruise ship injury law. We’re here to help you with the legal advice and representation you deserve. If your injuries require a claim to be made or a lawsuit filed, we can sue for compensation.

 

Questions we’re asked about cruise ship lawsuits are:

Can I sue Carnival Cruise Line?

Can I sue Royal Caribbean after an accident?

Can I sue Disney cruise line for medical negligence?

Is Holland America able to be sued if I get hurt on their cruise ship?

How do I file a lawsuit against Princess cruises?

file cruise ship lawsuitNeed to Sue a Cruise Line or File a Cruise Injury Lawsuit After an 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 a 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 a cruise line – or even if you’re unsure about your options – you should speak with an attorney who sues cruise lines and who has experience working with a variety of cruise ship injury cases and complicated lawsuits.

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 the cruise line yourself or a ‘home-town’ attorney who does not understand how cruise ship accident cases are substantially different than traditional personal injury cases like car wrecks or grocery store slip and fall cases).

Our attorneys can also provide answers to common questions including do I have a case, do I really need a lawyer, how much will it cost to file a lawsuit and what is my case worth?

Other frequently asked questions related to cruise ship lawsuits include:

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.

OUR LAWYERS KNOW WHAT TO DO

You Can Sue for All Types of Cruise Ship Injuries

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Slip and Fall Lawsuits on Cruises

Injuries related to slip and fall accidents are the most common and happen every day on cruises.

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Cruise Ship Medical Negligence Lawsuits

Doctors and medical staff on cruise ship can make critical mistakes and can be held accountable.

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Sue Cruise Line for Excursion Accidents

The cruise lines can be found liable for injuries that happen while passengers are enjoying excursions.

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Tender Boat Accident Lawsuits

Leaving the cruise ship? Getting on and off unsteady shuttle boats can lead to severe injuries.

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Rape and Sexual Assault Lawsuits

The cruise industry's dirty secret – sexual abuse on cruises is more common than people know.

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Crewmember Accident Lawsuits

We also represent cruise ship crewmembers who have been injured while working.

How Do I File a Cruise Ship Lawsuit – And Where?

It’s important to know that cruise ship lawsuits begin with filing an injury claim against the cruise line.

But who files those injury claims and where do you file those cruise lawsuits? The cruise line actually tell you exactly how to do that in the Ticket Contract that you signed before going on your cruise. However, most passengers never even read this contract.

The Ticket Contract tells you how, when and where lawsuits against the cruise line can be filed. They can be scary to read if you’re not an attorney and include phrases like “legal notice” and “legally binding contract” and “read carefully.”

For example, passengers who were injured on Carnival Cruise Line must agree to the Terms and Conditions outlined in their Ticket Contract Terms. You can read that here.

Before you set foot on a Carnival cruise, you’re potentially giving up rights to sue the cruise company. Carnival’s terms include forum selection, choice of law, time limitations of filing a claim or bringing a lawsuit, how arbitration works, waiving rights to class actions and much more.

Carnival Cruise’s ticket contract says that if you’re hurt on their ship, you must provide:

  • Details of the accident must be in writing and delivered within 185 days of the injury or death
  • The lawsuit must be filed within one year of the accident
  • Cases must be filed in The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County.

Carnival Corporation owns Carnival Cruise Line as well as other lines including Holland America, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Seabourn, Winstar, AIDA cruises and more.

As most cruise ship injury lawyers will tell you, the terms and conditions are written by cruise ship company lawyers with one main purpose – to protect the cruise line from lawsuits. They make it really difficult to sue them. Cruise lines are very good at getting you to spend money with them and are just as good at minimizing their responsibility to pay hurt passengers after an accident.

If you or an attorney you’ve hired to manage your case does not abide by the terms and conditions of the cruise line, your case could be dismissed and you risk not being able collect much-needed compensation for injuries related to your accident.

Don’t let that happen. Please call us at this toll-free number, 1-800-905-2891 so we can help you.

Injury Claim Lawsuits Against Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean Cruises is owned by Royal Caribbean International (which also owns Celebrity Cruises, Azamara, Silversea Cruises and others). Passengers who were injured on a Royal Caribbean ship must agree to the Terms and Conditions outlined in their Ticket Contract Terms. You can read that here.

$225,000 settlement for broken ankle from fall on wet stairs:  Wet floors and staircases cause many accidents on cruise ships. Our client, a  58 year old woman who fractured her ankle from fall on wet stairs received a $225,000 settlement.

Royal Caribbean’s ticket contract says that if you’re hurt on their ship, you must provide:

  • Details of the accident must be in writing and delivered within 6 months of the injury or death
  • The lawsuit must be filed within one year of the accident
  • Cases must be filed in The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County.
  • Contact our firm today for more information.

Injury Claim Lawsuits Against Norwegian Cruises

Norwegian Cruise Line is the third largest cruise line, operating 17 vessels and generating over $6 Billion dollars in revenue each year. Passengers who were injured on a Norwegian cruise ship must agree to the Terms and Conditions outlined in their Ticket Contract Terms. You can read that here.

$2 Million for our client, a Norwegian passenger who suffered heart muscle damage after a heart attack: A federal jury awarded more than $2,000,000 in damages to a 47 year old passenger when the Norwegian Cruise Line medical staff failed to properly treat him after a heart attack.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s ticket contract says that if you’re hurt on their ship, you must provide:

  • Details of the accident must be in writing and delivered within 185 days of the injury or death
  • The lawsuit must be filed within one year of the accident
  • Cases must be filed in The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami-Dade County.
  • Contact our cruise lawyers for more information.

Injury Claim Lawsuits Against Disney Cruises

The Disney Cruise Line operates under Magical Cruise Company Limited and sails with 4 ships – Disney Magic, Disney Dream, Disney Wonder and Disney Fantasy. Passengers who were injured on a Disney cruise ship must agree to the Terms and Conditions outlined in their Ticket Contract Terms. You can read that here.

Disney Cruise Line’s ticket contract says that if you’re hurt on their ship, you must provide:

  • Details of the accident must be in writing and delivered within 6 months of the injury or death
  • The lawsuit must be filed within one year of the accident
  • Cases must be filed in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida Orlando Division in Brevard County.
  • Contact our cruise lawyers for more information.

Injury Claim Lawsuits Against Holland America

Holland America, a Carnival subsidiary, operates 14 ships – many departing from the United States West Coast – Anchorage, Seattle and Los Angeles. Passengers who were injured on a Holland America cruise ship must agree to the Terms and Conditions outlined in their Ticket Contract Terms. You can read that here.

$125,000 settlement for hallway clutter: Our client, a 65 year old woman received a $125,000 settlement after she broke her arm from trip over food tray that had been left in a hallway.

Holland America’s ticket contract says that if you’re hurt on their ship, you must provide:

  • Details of the accident must be in writing and delivered within 185 days of the injury or death
  • The lawsuit must be filed within one year of the accident
  • Cases must be filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle, WA.
  • Contact our cruise lawyers for more information.

Injury Claim Lawsuits Against Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises, another Carnival Corporation subsidiary, operates 17 ships and generates over $4 Billion in annual revenues. Passengers who were injured on a Princess Cruises vessel must agree to the Terms and Conditions outlined in their Ticket Contract Terms. You can read that here.

$375,000 settlement won because of pool slide injury: Our client, a 49 year old man, suffered a back injury on a pool slide when struck from behind by another passenger.

Holland America’s ticket contract says that if you’re hurt on their ship, you must provide:

  • Details of the accident must be in writing and delivered within 6 months of the injury or death
  • The lawsuit must be filed within one year of the accident
  • Cases must be filed in the United States District Courts for the Central District of California in Los Angeles.
  • Contact Waks and Barnett for more information.

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What's the Benefit of a Cruise Ship Lawsuit?

How Long Will it Take to Sue the Cruise Line?

This is a common question – hurt passengers want to know how long a cruise ship lawsuit will take, what involved in suing a cruise and what kind of compensation they might be awarded if they win their case.

How long will a lawsuit against the cruise company take? The length of a lawsuit depends on a lot of factors. From the first phone call to our office until a check is delivered to an injured passenger can take a month or two – or longer – a year or more. It often depends on the severity of the injuries suffered. If a passenger has to go through a series of surgeries and extended rehabilitation, it can impact how how quickly a case can proceed. Our attorneys however, are efficient at moving the process along where we can, especially as it relates to doing our work and managing the response of the cruise line attorneys and others affiliated with the case.

What is involved in a cruise ship injury case – and what do you have to do? Once you’ve hired an attorney to represent you in your lawsuit against the cruise line, the attorneys and their staff will do most of the work. Your focus is to get better and recover from your injuries. You will be asked to answer questions about the accident (a deposition) and provide paperwork related to hospital and doctor visits.

Injured passengers also want to know what kind of settlement or money they can expect from the cruise line after a case is over (assuming they won the case or were provided a settlement). Note: not every injury claim will result in a lawsuit. And those that do may not always results in a successful settlement or verdict against the cruise line.

This is why it’s so important to contact an experienced cruise ship injury lawyer. Their background with maritime law and cruise ship injury cases will ensure you have the most successful change fighting the cruise lines.

Remember, cruise ship lawsuits must be filed at the right time (within the statute of limitations), in the correct way (based on the terms and conditions in your cruise ticket contract that you signed) and in the right location (the correct venue…most often in Miami, Florida courts).

What is an average cruise ship lawsuit settlement? While there is no average settlement amount, most cases will payout between $75,000 to $500,000. More severe cases can easily result in the cruise line companies paying millions of dollars. Note: each case is unique and will depend on the specific facts related to the case. You can review our firms cruise ship lawsuit results here.

What would a cruise ship lawsuit settlement cover? The goal of a lawsuit against the cruise line is to ensure compensation is recovered for:

  • permanent bodily injury, pain and disability
  • loss of the ability to enjoy life
  • mental suffering
  • all medical expenses
  • aggravation of pre-existing condition
  • loss of the ability to earn money
  • loss of the pleasure of the complete cruise
  • any and all other damages

If you or your family have questions about a cruise injury, accident or medical issue, please call us at this toll-free number, 1-800-905-2891.

What Can You Expect From Lawyers Who Sue Cruise Lines?

If you’ve been injured on a cruise vacation 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.

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.

How to File an Injury Claim Against a Cruise Line

Working with the cruise lines 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. We can help you with the entire process of filing and injury claim and lawsuit against a cruise line.

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 thousands of injured 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

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