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Recently, a Virginia man traveling on a Carnival cruise perished in a Jet Ski accident.  The 31 year old passenger was traveling on the Carnival Conquest cruise ship.  He and his female companion decided to take a Jet Ski ride while at the port of call in Grand Cayman.  At about 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, a 15 year old boy from New York similarly elected to rent a jet ski when his ship, the Carnival Paradise, landed in Grand Cayman.

Authorities are reporting that the 15 year old’s Jet Ski collided with the 31 year old victim.  It is not yet clear how the accident occurred or who was at fault.  The boy received a minor injury to the nose and the female passenger was similarly unhurt.  The 31 year old male, however, was in critical condition.  Despite being transported to a local hospital, he died from his injuries.

An investigation has been launched by local authorities.  Local news sites state that the boy rammed the Jet Ski driven by the deceased.  It is not yet clear who offered the Jet Skis for rent and whether the cruise line directly offered the activity.

The Dangers of Cruise Line Excursions

            Cruises can be a great way to get away and relax.  Cruise ship excursions are often utilized to allow passengers to see different parts of the world while cruising.  The cruise line offers these excursions so that passengers can experience adventure and fun.  Passengers are often offered the opportunity to engage in activities such as parasailing, jet skis, scooters, or sightseeing tours.  The cruise line offers these excursions through third party vendors and will receive a percentage of the fee charged.  For instance, if the cruise line contracts with a parasailing company, about 60 percent of the fee will go to the vendor and 40 percent to the cruise line.  While these on-shore excursions can be exciting and fun, they can also go horribly wrong and result in injury or death.

Liability for Cruise Ship Excursion Accidents

            A cruise line’s liability can extend beyond the confines of the ship.  Several cases involving violence to crew members and passengers while traveling at the port of call have pointed to the cruise line’s extensive liability.  Courts generally hold that if the cruise line knew or had reason to know of the high probability of criminal activity in the area near the excursion or the ship’s docking area, and failed to warn passengers, the cruise line may be held accountable.  Similarly, evidence that the cruise line knew or should have known of the dangers surrounding an excursion activity could be sufficient to establish liability.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Assisting the Victims of Excursion Accidents

            Excursions can be great experiences for cruise ship passengers.  They can also go terribly awry and result in serious injuries or even death.  If you or a loved one is injured or killed while embarking on a cruise line excursion, the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. are here to help.  Our attorneys will aggressively fight to see that you obtain the compensation you deserve due to the cruise line’s negligence, which can include coverage for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  Our unmatched legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.   Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

 

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Those planning a cruise vacation will often choose cruises based on their ability to provide relaxation and enjoyment.  Cruise ships are supposed to have a number of security guards and officers in place in order to protect passengers so that they can enjoy a safe vacation.  Unfortunately, some cruise lines lack adequate security, opening the potential for minor as well as serious or even life threatening injuries to occur.  Sadly, the cruise line’s lack of security can lead to innocent passengers suffering serious harm on the vacation that they set out to enjoy.

Common Injuries Resulting from Improper Security

            Our Miami cruise ship injury lawyers know all too well how improper security can lead to a wide range of injuries that occur aboard the ship and while engaged in off-ship excursions.  These injuries can include:

  • Head injury
  • Excessive bruising
  • Spinal injury
  • Broken bones
  • Drowning

Some less common but severe incidences that can occur include kidnapping, sexual assault or rape, and murder.

Security Officers Often Lack Sufficient Training

            Many cruise line security guards will have prior experience in security or law enforcement.  Unfortunately, this is seen as merely a plus, not a requirement.  Ensuring the safety of 3,000 plus people aboard an isolated vessel is a difficult task for even the best trained security guard, let alone one new to the industry.

Cruise lines present unique security issues.  There are no law enforcement officials aboard and passengers cannot simply call 911 or escape from the ship to find assistance.  Due to these issues, it is critical that security officers aboard the ship be well trained in the position.  This should be a requirement, but sadly due to cost limitations, is not.

Cruise lines provide only the most basic of trailing that is nowhere near the amount of knowledge necessary to thoroughly protect the many passengers aboard.  Coupled by a lack of training is often an insufficient number of security personnel given the high number of passengers aboard the ship.

The high number of overboard accident speaks volumes of the lack of security.  Had security personnel been patrolling the deck areas or monitoring surveillance footage, many of these overboard incidences may not have occurred.

Liability for Improper Security Related Accidents

            Cruise lines must provide adequate security for their passengers in order to ensure passenger safety.  If you have been injured or a loved one killed due to inadequate security aboard a cruise ship, it is imperative that you consult with a licensed cruise ship accident attorney as soon as possible.  Your attorney will review all evidence surrounding the incident and assess whether the cruise line could be held accountable for the injuries or death caused.  Evidence of improper security could include addressing the number of security guards versus the number of passengers, the absence of security at the time of the accident, and the training of the particular officers involved.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Justice for those Wrongfully Killed at Sea

            Experiencing an injury as a result of the cruise ship’s improper security can leave victims injured and confused as to their legal rights. The Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. believe no one should have to suffer due to the negligence of cruise lines.  Our attorneys will aggressively fight to see that you obtain the compensation you deserve due to the cruise line’s negligence, which can include coverage for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  Our unmatched legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.   Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

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In 2010, a 21 year old cruise passenger who had just embarked on a seven day Caribbean cruise suddenly became ill after eating a cookie.  He died a short time later due to an allergic reaction to peanuts.  Five years prior, a 70 year old doctor died after being thrown from the top staircase aboard a cruise line when rough seas jolted the ship.  More recently, a young six year old boy drowned aboard a Carnival ship on the last leg of the Caribbean voyage.  All of these cruise ship accidents show that while death is not the first thing that comes to mind while planning a dream cruise vacation, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen.

Each year, approximately 200 people die on cruise ships.  More than three quarters of these deaths will occur in a single disaster.  While cruise ship deaths are still less common than airplane or car accidents, they can still occur.  When they do, it is the family members of their departed loved ones left grappling with the difficult aftermath.

Causes of Cruise Ship Deaths

            Some cruise ship deaths are the result of natural occurrences.  Many cruise passengers are retired or nearing retirement age, and old age related health concerns claim the lives of some.  The other deaths, however, fall into the realm of accidental or even intentional.

Falling Overboard

            Overboard accidents are catastrophic, as it is nearly impossible to survive a fall from such a large vessel into open waters.  Overboard accidents do not merely happen.  It is difficult to fall overboard on ships due to the protections installed.  However, overboard accidents can occur when passengers are intoxicated, attempt to commit suicide, or are thrown overboard by another.  In 2006, a 15 year old student was traveling with her family.  One evening, she and some other children partied and drank alcohol.  Her sister observed the bartender serving her, despite her ship card being marked as a child.  The highly intoxicated teen fell overboard while vomiting, never to be seen again.

Murder

            Murder can occur on a cruise ship, just as it can on land.  In 2006, a 53 year old woman vacationing with her husband went missing.  Her body was later found floating at sea, but an autopsy concluded strangulation was the cause of death.  The husband was charged with her death some seven years later, after evidence was uncovered that he transferred considerable assets from his now deceased spouse to his own account.

Getting Sick at Sea

            Illnesses can plague cruise voyages due to the close quarters involved.  While most people readily recover from such illnesses, a few can die due to complications that arise.  A 53 year old traveling on a Holland ship suffered such a fate after cruise line doctors failed to provide the medical attention he needed.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Justice for those Wrongfully Killed at Sea

            If your loved one was killed or vanished aboard a cruise ship, the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. can help you obtain the justice you deserve.  With over 130 collective years of experience, our attorneys have the experience you need to bring a strong wrongful death suit against the negligent cruise line.  Our attorneys will then zealously fight to see that you obtain compensation for all of your damages stemming from the loss of your loved one, including loss of income, loss of inheritance, loss of companionship and love, and much more.  Our unmatched legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.   Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

 

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Last September, an ex-cruise ship employee pleaded guilty in a Miami federal courtroom to attacking, raping, and attempting to throw overboard a cruise line passenger because he believed the passenger had insulted his mother.  The victim was a 31 year old woman who was attacked while she slept aboard the cruise ship.  The woman reported to authorities that she lost consciousness several times while being attacked.  The brutal attack included punching, strangulation, and an attempt at forcible sex.  She was so severely injured that she had to be transported by helicopter to a South Florida hospital.

Cruise Ship Rape and Assault Statistics

            It is hard to compile accurate data as to the true number of rapes or sexual assaults that occur on cruise lines.  The most accurate numbers available suggests that there are about two reports of sexual assaults or rapes for every one hundred thousand passengers aboard commercial cruise lines.  During a five year period, this amounted to about 170 sexual assaults and rapes, most of which were not prosecuted and no one ever convicted.  While this number does not sound high, when you consider how briefly passengers are aboard cruise ships, it is alarming.

Rape and Sexual Assault Can Change a Victim’s Life

            Experiencing sexual assault or rape can result in lasting physical and emotional trauma.  Victims often report long term anxiety, depression, and fear.  Significant counseling and at times medication will often be necessary for the rape or sexual assault victim to return to a healthy mental state.  The trauma of their cruise ship experience will never be forgotten.

Cruise Ship Liability for Rape or Sexual Assault

            When rape or sexual assault occurs on a cruise line, the crewmember will likely face criminal charges.  In addition, civil liability for the incident may attach to the cruise line.  Most cruise ship lawsuits must be filed in Federal Court in Florida.  This is mandated by the language found on the cruise ticket.

In Florida, several major rape and sexual assault cases have been decided.  The court has previously held that when a cruise ship worker rapes or assaults a passenger, the cruise line will be strictly liable for the actions of the employee, whether or not it was conducted within the course and scope of employment.  This means, in layman’s terms, that the cruise line will be liable when a crew member rapes or sexually assaults a passenger.  However, comparative negligence principals will apply.  This can, in rare instances, be used to reduce a plaintiff’s damages.

Cruising is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, but sadly, for some passengers, cruises can go terribly wrong.  If you are injured on a cruise ship, contact an attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Experienced and Effective Representation for Cruise Ship Accident Victims

            If you have experienced any sort of injury aboard a cruise ship, the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. are here to help.  With over 130 collective years of experience, our attorneys understand what it takes to mount a successful cruise ship accident case.  Our firm will aggressively seek to uncover all evidence of negligence and liability on the part of the cruise line.  Our attorneys will then zealously fight to see that you obtain compensation for all of your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our unmatched legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.   Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

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Recently, over 200 passengers aboard two different cruise ships have taken ill with a serious gastrointestinal sickness.  Both of the vessels were disinfected in San Diego, according to reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The first ship to contract the illness was the Celebrity Infinity.  Our Miami cruise ship injury lawyers discovered that over 100 passengers out of the 2,000 guests aboard the ship and an additional six crew members came down with a highly contagious form of the illness norovirus.  Norovirus is an unpleasant and potentially dangerous virus that causes extreme bouts of vomiting and diarrhea.  The Celebrity Infinity returned in San Diego, where passengers disembarked and the ship was disinfected.  It then set off on another voyage to Mexico.

As the Celebrity Infinity hit the high seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship was also struck with the same norovirus.  Again, over 100 passengers out of the nearly 2,000 aboard became ill with nausea and vomiting.  Two crew members were also struck with the illness.  The Legend of the Seas is on its return leg to San Diego.

Norovirus is the most common cause of stomach type bugs and accounts for 12 million illnesses each year.  Nearly 75,000 people are hospitalized due to this illness each year, and some 800 deaths occur.

Liability for Cruise Ship Illnesses

            If you become ill while aboard a cruise ship, you may be entitled to obtain compensation for your medical expenses and other losses associated with the illness.  Your ability to seek a recovery from the cruise line will depend on two vital factors:  whether the cruise line or one of its employees acted in a negligent manner and whether that negligence was the cause of your injuries.

Negligence means that the cruise line failed to exercise reasonable care.  The fact that you became sick while on the cruise line is not enough to establish negligence.  You must show that the cruise line did not use reasonable care and as a result you became ill.

Your first step will be to gather evidence that may point to the cruise line’s negligence, including things like:

  • How many other people aboard the ship became ill
  • The symptoms of other sick people
  • Whether the crew seemed to take additional precautions against the illness, such as sanitizing common areas or not allowing passengers to serve themselves at the buffet
  • Whether there were a lot of others at the ship’s hospital
  • Whether any passengers were quarantined
  • Whether the crew made any announcements as to illnesses or precautions
  • Whether the cruise ship was forced to deviate from its original itinerary

Gather as much evidence as you can while aboard the ship and immediately contact a cruise ship accident attorney upon your return.  Your attorney will investigate the incident and uncover whether you may be eligible to pursue compensation from the cruise line for your damages associated with the illness.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Assisting Ill Cruise Ship Passengers  

            With over 130 collective years of experience representing cruise accident victims, the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. understands what it takes to mount a successful cruise ship accident case.  Our firm will aggressively seek to uncover all evidence of negligence and liability on the part of the cruise line.  Our attorneys will then zealously fight to see that you obtain compensation for all of your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  Our unmatched legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.   Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

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If you have been injured while on a cruise, there are certain actions you should take to ensure you receive proper medical care and protect your legal rights.  Our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers have prepared a list of steps you should take if you have been injured or taken ill while aboard a cruise:

  1. Seek Medical Attention As Soon As Possible: As soon as you become ill or are injured, seek help.  The faster you receive first aid or have the ship’s doctor evaluate your injury, the more likely you are to receive the medical treatment you need to minimize further damage and mitigate pain.  You will also be protecting your future legal rights.
  2. Jot down the events that led up to your injury or illness: The details of the accident will prove important in any future legal action.  As such, gather as much information you can right from the start.  Be sure to write down the names of witnesses as well as their contact information.  Collect names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of these involved passengers or crew members.
  3. Photograph the scene of the accident and your injuries: A visual image of the accident site and your injury may prove useful later on in uncovering how the accident occurred and who was responsible.
  4. File an incident report: You must file an incident report with the cruise ship.  Ask the medical personnel or other officials on the ship as to their incident reporting practice.  The incident report form is a vital initial step to your case.  Be sure to request a copy of the report and provide it to your attorney for further evaluation.
  5. Call a cruise ship accident attorney: If it is possible, you should contact a cruise ship accident attorney while you are still on the ship.  Your attorney will be able to provide you with helpful information and steps you can take while aboard and immediately upon your departure. If you are unable to contact an attorney while aboard, do so as soon as you get back home.  It is critical that you find an attorney with experience in the field of cruise ship injuries and accidents.  This is a small field of law full of complex legal issues and challenges.  Most attorneys will not be licensed or capable of bringing a cruise ship accident case.  You will usually need to contact a Florida based attorney as most cruise lines require that suit be filed in federal court in Miami.  Contacting an attorney will be the first vital step in initiating action against het cruise line.  The quicker you act, the better your chances of a full recovery as important evidence can be gathered and your legal rights protected from the very start.          

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.:  Zealous Representation for All Cruise Ship Accident Victims 

Cruises are designed to be full of fun and leisure, but cruise ship injuries and illnesses do happen at surprisingly high rates.  If you have been injured or taken seriously ill on a cruise ship, the Miami Cruise Ship Accident attorneys at the law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. are here to help.  Our lawyers have over 130 years combined experience fighting for the recovery of cruise ship accident victims.  Our unmatched professional excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and acknowledgement as one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can start mounting your successful case.

 

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In 2013, an engine room fire broke out on the Carnival Triumph.  The cruise ship was set to sail from Galveston, Texas to Cozumel, but instead found itself adrift 150 miles off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.  The fire caused no injuries, but left the ship without propulsion, air conditioning, or running water.  For days, the passengers of the ship were forced to endure horrific conditions.  Temperatures swelled on the ship and toilets overflowed.  The voyage later became dubbed the “poop cruise from hell.”  The stench of sewage on the ship was overwhelming and disgusting.

Our Miami cruise ship injury lawyers discovered when passengers were finally towed in and allowed off the hellish voyage, they were offered a mere $500 in compensation and another Carnival cruise.  Offended and traumatized by the voyage gone wrong, several passengers filed lawsuits against Carnival.  One lawsuit filed on behalf of a Texas woman reported that the woman was forced to endure horrendous odors and such filth that she feared contracting a serious illness.

Another lawsuit filed on behalf of a Texas passenger in Miami alleged that the passenger experienced severe dehydration and bruising due to aggressive food lines.  The passenger was so ill upon return to shore that she had to be given intravenous fluids in an emergency room.

Now, two days later, several verdicts have been returned in these lawsuit lodged due to the “poop cruise.” A Florida federal judge recently awarded combined damages of $118,500 to 25 Carnival cruise line passengers from Texas who set sail on the ill-fated journey.  Eight of the passengers had their cases dismissed and are facing motions filed by Carnival to collect taxes against them.

One of the passengers received $25,000, and the remaining 16 received varying awards that amounted to a sum of $93,500.  This averaged out to just $5,000 a person.  When you deduct for attorney’s fees and costs, and the plaintiff’s expenses likely incurred due to travel to Miami for the trial, the plaintiff’s likely pocketed very little from the lawsuit.

The case did reveal that Carnival knew dangerous problems existed on the Triumph before its departure.  The cruise ship records demonstrated that one of the ship’s diesel engines was well past due for maintenance.  The ship was not in compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea requirements.  For unknown reasons, yet likely cost issues, Carnival delayed servicing the diesel engine that later caught fire.  Further, the Carnival line has a dangerous pattern of fuel leaks which is also believed to have contributed to the fire.

The litigation against Carnival serves to demonstrate the difficulties plaintiff’s face in suing cruise lines.  Cruise lines have excellent attorneys to defend them and cases in this field are legally complex.  Only an attorney with considerable cruise ship accident experience will stand a chance against the cruise industry giants.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.:  The Skilled Representation You Need to Obtain the Compensation You Deserve

Any sort of cruise ship disaster can leave passengers injured, fearful, and psychologically stressed.  Bringing a lawsuit against any cruise line is never easy and will require the assistance of an experienced attorney well versed in this unique area of law.  If you have been injured on a cruise ship, the Miami Cruise Ship Accident attorneys at the law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A are here to help.  Our lawyers have over 130 years combined experience fighting for the recovery of cruise ship accident victims.  Our unmatched professional excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and acknowledgement as one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can start mounting your successful case.

 

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Recently, a 21 year old Virginia Tech student fell overboard while on a spring break Caribbean cruise.  The young student, a senior majoring in engineering, went missing off the Carnival Glory ship on Sunday, March 8, just a day after the ship set sail.  The student and several of his friends departed on the seven day cruise out of Miami during their university’s spring break.

Ship surveillance videos depict the victim falling off the ship while it was cruising near the Bahamas.  He accidently fell overboard during the night and the search began on Sunday.  For three days, the Coast Guard combed the ocean in hopes of finding the young student.  Another Carnival ship, Ecstasy, diverted its course to assist in the search.  After the extensive search did not turn up any signs of the victim, search efforts ceased.  Friends and family members of this well known and loved Virginia Tech student are left mourning his loss.

In the past decade, our Miami cruise ship injury lawyers found that about 250 people have fallen overboard off cruise ships.  Twenty two of these incidents occurred last year.  While uncommon, when these incidents do occur, the results are catastrophic.  Few people survive the plunge from the massive cruise ship deck, and those that do will face an immense challenge of surviving in often cold waters until help arrives—if it arrives in time.  Given these odds, not many people survive overboard accidents.

Falling overboard is not easy to do and will not usually happen purely by accident.  Often, alcohol is a factor when it comes to overboard accidents.  A few overboard instances each year are suspected to be suicide, and the remaining are classified as mysteries.  Foul play is suspected in a limited number of overboard instances each year, but determining the true cause of these falls is not always easy, especially when surveillance cameras are not present in the area of the fall.

In an effort to prevent overboard accidents, the Coast Guard developed the Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act, which regulates railing heights and requires certain training of all crew members to respond to overboard accidents.  Every ship will have a response plan in action so that emergency crews are departed as quickly as possible following notification of a person overboard.

However, technologies do exist that many feel would greatly prevent overboard deaths.  Motion sensors and thermal detection systems would set off alarms in the event that someone falls overboard.  The accuracy of these systems has greatly improved and several cruise lines now implement them.  The Coast Guard is considering requiring all cruise ships to install systems to detect passengers that fall off ships in an effort to prevent the tragic death of overboard passengers..

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.:  Seeking Justice for the Family Members of Deceased Cruise Ship Passengers   

Losing your loved one due to an overboard accident is one of the most tragic events possible.  If you have lost a relative on a cruise ship, the Miami Cruise Ship Accident attorneys at the law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A are here to help.  Our lawyers have over 130 years combined experience and will zealously fight for your full recovery in a wrongful death action following an overboard accident.  Our unmatched professional excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and acknowledgement as one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can begin fighting for your recovery.

 

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Recently, several high profile cruise ship disasters have cast a negative light on the industry.  The grounded Costa Concordia and the onboard fires on two Carnival lines, Triumph and Splendor, prompted the cruise ship industry to respond with the passage of a Passenger Bill of Rights.  Unfortunately, our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers find that the rights set out in this document mostly either already existed or were subject to numerous qualifications.

The Bill of Rights was an attempt by the cruise ship industry to turn passenger’s attention away from the actual problems faced by those injured on cruise lines—the fine print.  All cruise ship tickets contain fine print provisions that are designed to protect the cruise line in the event of an accident, even when the cruise ship itself acts in a negligent manner to cause the accident.  They apply when a passenger is either injured or killed on a cruise ship.

For instance, on many international cruises, the cruise line will insert a provision in the ticket that limits damages in the event of any injury or death to around $70,000.  When a passenger experiences a catastrophic injury or someone dies as a result of the cruise line’s negligence, this figure does not even come close to covering the actual damages.

The fine print will also contain a forum selection clause, requiring passengers file suit in only a particular court.  For instance, all lawsuits against Carnival and Celebrity must be filed in a federal court in Miami, regardless of where the victim lives, where the ticket was purchased, or whether the accident occurred.  The fine print thus deprives Florida residents of their right to a jury trial.

After the Costa Concordia disaster, injured passengers were shocked to learn that their claims had to be litigated in Italy.  This clause, found within the cruise line ticket, was upheld despite the fact that many tickets were purchased in the U.S. by American citizens.

Port excursions are an essential part to any cruise trip.  The cruise lines actively promote and advertise such excursions.  They sell the excursion tickets and make considerable money off doing so.  Yet cruise line tickets state that the cruise line is not legally responsible for any accidents occurring during excursions.  In the event a passenger is injured during an excursion, a suit will have to be brought against the local company in their foreign territory.  All of this exists without the cruise ship passenger’s knowledge before embarking on the excursion.

Even once the cruise ship passenger overcomes significant hurdles to get their case into court, they will face ongoing obstacles due to the fine print that often limits the admissibility of certain evidence.  Passengers are often prohibited from using pictures or video they took in court.

Due to the many procedural and evidentiary issues faced by injured cruise ship passengers, it is vital that these passengers retain the assistance of an experienced cruise ship attorney who will protect their legal rights.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.:  Assisting with All Cruise Ship Injuries  

Most cruise ship passengers will purchase their ticket without giving much consideration to the fine print.  When disaster strikes, the cruise line will attempt to hide behind the fine print in the contract.  The Miami Cruise Ship Accident attorneys at the law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A have assisted in a number of major cruise ship accident cases.  Our lawyers have over 130 years combined experience and will zealously fight for your full recovery following a cruise related accident.  Our unmatched professional excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and acknowledgement as one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can begin fighting for your recovery.

 

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Recently, one crew member died and another had to be hospitalized after a lifeboat accident occurred on a Princess Cruises cruise ship.  The accident occurred while the ship Coral Princess, was in Colon, Panama.  Two crew members were lowering the lifeboat to perform maintenance work on the ship’s hull.  As the lifeboat was in the process of being raised back into position on the ship, a cable snapped and the boat plunged into the sea with the two crew members still aboard.

A rescue effort immediately began and the two ship members were fished out of the water.  Both crew were transferred to a hospital on the shore for emergency treatment.  Sadly, one crew member died later on from his injuries.  The Princess Cruises line released a statement expressing its condolences to the family.

This is not the first accident to occur on a cruise line involving lifeboats.  In February of 2013, our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers learned that five crew members were killed and another three injured in the Thompson Majesty when one of the ship’s lifeboats pummeled into the sea in the Canary Islands during a training drill intended to assist in the event of an emergency.

When crew members are injured at sea, complex legal issues arise.  Whereas most shore side employees are barred from suing their employers due to the immunity provided under the Worker’s Compensation Act, crew members are generally able to qualify as seamen under admiralty law.  These crew members are thus afforded special rights and remedies not available to other workers.

Crew members who are injured at sea may commonly sue their employer or the ship owner under theories of:

  • Jones Act negligence
  • Breach of contract
  • Seaworthiness
  • Earned wages
  • Unearned or sick wages
  • Maintenance and cure
  • Wrongful discharge from employment

Each of these claims are complex and will require several elements be proven to a judge or jury.  It is imperative that injured crew members as well as the family members of deceased crew members contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss their potential case.  You will need to find an attorney well-versed in the unique area of cruise ship accident law, which involves novel laws, theories of liability, and steps for recovery.

Injured crew members may be able to obtain compensation for the medical expenses they incur as a result of the injury, wages for the time they will lose from work due to the accident, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation costs.  Those unable to return to work due to the injuries sustained may be eligible for additional compensation intended to provide for the long term nature of the injuries.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.:  Assisting Passengers and Crew members Injured Aboard Cruise Ships

Working on a cruise line should be the dream job, with beautiful sights, the opportunity to travel, and often great benefits.  Despite these clear perks of the job, cruises can also pose serious dangers to crew members as well as passengers.  The Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at the law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A have assisted many crew members and passengers injured aboard cruise ships.  We have also represented the family members of deceased crew members and passengers alike.  Our attorneys have over 130 years combined experience and will aggressively fight for your full recovery following a cruise related incident.  Our unmatched professional excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and acknowledgement as one of South Florida’s preeminent firms by the Miami Herald.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can begin fighting for your recovery.

 

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