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Our experienced trip and fall lawyers find these accidents are the most common type of accident to occur aboard cruise ships.  The slick surfaces that abound on cruise ships, when combined with the motion of the boat and often crowded conditions, creates many opportunities for slip and fall accidents to occur.  Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries that will impact the victim for some time to come.

The Miami slip and fall lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano. have assisted numerous slip and fall accident victims who were injured aboard a cruise ship.  We understand the complexities involving this sort of accident and offer the experience you need to obtain the compensation you deserve.  The following is a look at cruise line slip, trip, and falls and the cruise ship’s potential liability of these incidents. Continue reading →

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Our legal team report that a 30 year old male passenger had disappeared from the cruise ship SuperStar Gemini, operated by Star Cruises, while traveling in the Strait of Malacca.  The business man was traveling with his extended family when he suddenly disappeared.  He was last seen around midnight on October 6.  The family did not realize their loved one was missing until the next day.  For some time afterward, the family claims it was left in the dark.  The cruise ship later claimed that the man committed suicide and they have a video showing him leap from the ship.  The family countered that the man was happy and showed no signs of committing suicide.

Now, Star Cruises has agreed to release the CCTV video of the passenger going overboard.  The family is awaiting this piece of evidence and has stated that the passenger was roughed up by a crew member aboard the ship prior to his disappearance.  No search and rescue efforts were made to retrieve the man, which has been another point of contention by the family.

The Miami cruise ship accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano are saddened to hear of this recent accident involving a promising businessman. We hope that a full investigation into the matter will give the family peace and resolve any questions as to liability.  Like any overboard accident, this one is complex and requires a complete investigation into every aspect of the incident.

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While booking your cruise, you are often given the opportunity to sign up for a variety of shore excursions.  These excursions are also often available during the cruise.  On the ship, staff may provide lectures about the availability of tours that may include scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, archeological sites, catamaran rides, helicopter or plane rides, and much more.  Cruise ships may generate considerable income from these tours, which are often conducted by independent contractors who are not subject to the jurisdiction of United States courts. Our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers find that many of these independent contractors are uninsured or underinsured or even unlicensed and irresponsible.

The cruise ship accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano recognize the many complex legal issues surrounding shore excursions.  We have fought for our injured clients to obtain the compensation they deserve due to the actions of negligent excursion companies endorsed by the cruise lines.  The following is an examination of the cruise line’s liability for shore excursions.

Cruise Ships Can be Held Accountable for the Negligence of Cruise Lines

Several major lawsuits have arisen after cruise ship passengers were injured while performing shore excursions.  Recently, eight passengers aboard a Holland America cruise line were killed in a plane crash booked through the cruise line.  The plane ride was offered as a flight seeing tour of Alaska.  The plane apparently took off during poor weather in an area of limited visibility.  Cruise ship passengers apparently had no option to cancel without penalty.  Investigations are ongoing into the accident.

This is just one incidence of many involving shore excursions.  A bus accident carrying cruise ship passengers crashed, resulting in the injury of many and leaving passengers without recourse against the bus company itself, which was uninsured.  Passengers sought compensation from the cruise line itself.

Courts have held that cruise lines must perform due diligence when selecting shore excursion operators.  This includes investigating whether the company is insured, what its safety record is, and much more.  Under Florida law, cruise ships that fail to exercise reasonable care to employ a competent contractor can be held liable for injuries inflicted upon cruise ship passengers.  The question of liability will rest on whether the cruise ship knew or should have known that the independent contractor was unfit or incompetent.

Cases involving shore excursion injuries are rarely clear cut and will require the assistance of an experienced professional.  Your cruise ship accident attorney will investigate the accident and the cruise line’s hiring method to uncover signs of negligence or a lack of reasonable care.  It is important that accident victims contact an attorney as soon as possible after the crash as crucial evidence must be gathered right away.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano:  Put Our Over 130 Collective Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!

While shore excursions can be fun, the lack of regulation over these activities makes them potentially dangerous.  If you have been injured while on a cruise, contact the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano.  We have over 130 collective years of experience representing those injured aboard cruise ships in South Florida.  From the moment you contact our firm, we will fight to see that your case receives the care, dedication, and hard work it deserves.  We are honored to have received a coveted AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and the Miami Herald’s ranking as a top firm in South Florida.  Put our outstanding cruise ship accident lawyers to work on your case.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.


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In recent years, our cruise ship accident attorneys have noted a trend of several large wave accidents that have resulted in the deaths of cruise ship passengers.  In February of 2014, a passenger aboard a British-based cruise ship was killed after being hit by a large wave during rough seas.  The elderly passenger died on the ship while another passenger was airlifted to shore for emergency medical assistance.  Officials report that a large wave hit the side of the ship while most passengers were dining in the ship’s restaurants.  The windows in the restaurant burst upon impact and several were injured.  Passengers were asked to go to their rooms, but for the deceased passenger, it was too late.

The Miami cruise ship accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, believe that cruise ships must take appropriate action in the face of rough seas that could result in turbulent waves and injuries to passengers.  When cruise ship passengers are injured due to sea conditions, the cruise ship could be held accountable.  If you have been injured in a cruise ship accident, contact our office as soon as possible.  With prompt action, you could recover for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering as a result of the accident. Continue reading →

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As experienced cruise ship accident attorneys, we realize that medical emergencies can happen anywhere, and at times, even occur on cruise ships.  Recently, a woman was rushed by helicopter off a cruise ship after she experienced chest pains.  She was traveling aboard a Princess Cruise ship when she began to report alarming symptoms.  A Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended that the woman be medically evacuated to a local hospital.  She is reportedly in stable condition at this time.

While this medical emergency had a positive outcome, sadly not all do.  The Miami cruise ship accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, have assisted clients who suffered or died as a result of inadequate medical treatment aboard a cruise ship.  Our cruise ship accident attorneys fight for the recovery of our injured clients, which may include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  The following is a look at the cruise line’s liability in the event of their failure to provide reasonable medical care. Continue reading →

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Cruise ships are known for relaxation, lots of food, and, for many, drinking.  Cruise ship passengers will often use their vacation to indulge in some alcoholic beverages.  The cruise industry tends to feed into their passenger’s desire to drink, with many ships offering all you can drink packages and pushing beverages on passengers from the moment they walk on the ship.  While usually a few drinks do not hurt anyone, at times excessive alcohol consumption can lead to serious accidents.  Our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers have previously reported on several high profile overboard accidents have resulted due to the intoxication of passengers, raising an interesting issue—should cruise lines be held accountable when drunken passengers fall overboard?

At Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A., our Miami cruise ship accident attorneys have over 130 years of collective experience representing cruise ship accident victims.  We understand the intricacies surrounding cruise ship law and will represent your interests to the fullest extent.  If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, we are here to fight for your full recovery.  The following is a look at the cruise line’s responsibility for overboard accidents resulting from excessive alcohol consumption. Continue reading →

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In just a few short months, flu season will be upon us and your risk of becoming ill on a cruise ship will increase drastically.  Cruise ships bring together thousands of people from all parts of the country. Passengers stay in close quarters and touch many common surfaces, increasing the risk of the spread of germs.

In recent years, there have been a number of serious outbreaks of illnesses aboard cruise ships.  Norovirus, which also tends to peak in the winter months, is a highly contagious stomach bug that causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Last year, several cruise ships were bombarded by the illness.  It sickened thousands of cruise ship passengers and forced some cruise ships to actually head back to shore early.

Complications Stemming from Cruise Ship Illnesses        

The flu, norovirus, and like illnesses can seriously sicken cruise ship passengers.  These illnesses may cause dehydration, weight loss, dangerously high fevers, and more.  While the majority of passengers who become ill will recover rapidly with some assistance from the cruise line physician, others could experience serious complications.  The flu can lead to pneumonia, heart problems, ear or sinus infections, and can worsen underlying conditions such as asthma, congestive heart failure, or diabetes.  The flu kills somewhere between 3,300 and 48,000 people, many of them children or elderly individuals.  Norovirus kills close to 800 people each year.  Continue reading →

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Hundreds of cruise ship accidents will occur each year and many other passengers will take seriously ill while cruising.  Some cruise ship accidents include slip and falls, assaults, and overboard accidents.  If you are injured in a cruise ship related accident, you will likely find yourself asking how a cruise ship accident lawyer can help you.  There are several vital reasons why you will benefit greatly from seeking the assistance of a cruise ship accident attorney.

Cruise Ship Accidents Are Complex

Cruise ship accidents are governed by maritime laws and regulations.  This is a unique area of law that people without intimate knowledge and training cannot handle themselves.  Cruise lines are armed with powerful attorney teams who will defend any claims brought against them fiercely.  Anyone injured on a cruise line will require the assistance of an experienced attorney who will strongly mount their case against the powerful cruise line.  Your attorney will use his or her experience in the field and understanding of maritime law to seek the best possible outcome for your case. Continue reading →

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For many, cruise ships have become synonymous with relaxation, plentiful food, and equally plentiful alcohol.  Several cruise lines have started offering all you can drink beverage programs, where cruise passengers can pay a set fee in order to enjoy unlimited drinks throughout their cruise.  Alcohol consumption on cruise ships is high, as almost anyone who has cruised will agree, and it could become even more prominent with expanding all you can drink options.  Will having a few cocktails while you enjoy your cruise is hardly a problem, the excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to serious accidents.

Increasing and unchecked alcohol consumption among passengers increases the risk of cruise ship accidents such as:

  • Slip and falls
  • Overboard accidents
  • Sexual harassment
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Underage drinking
  • Fights and assaults

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Cruises are intended to offer relaxation and fun for the whole family.  Unfortunately, more accidents and injuries occur on cruise lines than many people realize.  With millions of people traveling on cruise ships each year, accidents of all kinds are bound to occur.  Some accidents are just that – pure accidents – but others can be attributed to the negligent actions of the cruise line or crew members.  Slip and falls are among the most common of all cruise ship accidents.  Cruise ships harbor numerous slick surfaces due to splashing from the high seas, rain, pools, spas, and more.  As such, all cruise ships and employees must take steps to ensure surfaces are not dangerously slippery.

Slip and Fall Injuries

            Slip and fall injuries can be quite serious and may leave passengers with ongoing injuries that require extensive time to heal.  Our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers believe slip and fall injuries to include:

  • Head injuries and concussions
  • Back injuries, slipped discs, herniated discs, and the like
  • Knee injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Broken bones, including wrists, fingers, arms, legs, ankles, and more

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