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It is common for many people to laugh-off the use of “legalese” and the implications that it has for their rights and interests, but forum selection clauses are one thing that people should consider carefully. Many of these provisions exist on the back of cruise ship passenger tickets or on associated documents. These clauses often get overlooked, but they can severely limit a person’s ability to bring a lawsuit against a cruise line after an injury.

Cruise accident victims may be surprised how difficult it is to get compensation for the harm that they suffered while on a cruise vacation. This complexity is part of the design of the cruise industry, which combine foreign registrations, maritime law restrictions, and draconian legalities to limit a person’s rights. The skilled Miami cruise injury attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in breaking through the legal barriers in order to get our clients the compensation that they deserve.

Forum selection clauses limit the courthouses in which a legal claim may be brought. These binding legal terms are included as part of the cruise ship paperwork. Essentially, by going on the cruise, the passenger is agreeing to the terms presented as part of the ticket purchase. It usually is combined with a restrictive statute of limitations that mandates that any legal action must be brought within a short period of time, often one year. This applies regardless of what the law of the state in which the action is to be brought states.

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At the beginning of a cruise vacation, it is an exciting time where passengers are examining every aspect of the ship in anticipation of a fantastic vacation experience. However, one of the most important things to consider does not occur to most people and this is the flag that is flying at the top of the ship. While this ultimately will not be important for many cruise passengers, when someone is injured or is the victim of a serious crime on the ship, then this flag can play a critical role in the outcome for the victim.

There are many different complexities that can exist with getting justice for a cruise ship accident victim. This can be further complicated by the country in which the ship is registered. However, the accomplished Miami cruise injury attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in overcoming the hurdles presented in this type of case.

The country in which the ship is registered can have a major impact on any legal action, starting at how the investigation into the event is handled. Many times a cruise line will choose to register a ship in a particular foreign country because it is an effective way to avoid the application of U.S. rules and regulations, as well as circumventing American tax codes. Although there still are regulations that do apply to these ships, based on the fact that these ships sail out of U.S. ports, they are able to avoid many restrictions.
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Although most cruise passengers experience a wonderful trip without any problems, there also are many people who unfortunately become sick or injured on a cruise ship. The problem with this is that there is no choice about the medical care that is available on the ship. For many years, a person who did not receive care that satisfied the standard of another doctor with the same training would not have any recourse against the cruise line. However, a recent court case has radically altered that reality for victims of cruise ship medical malpractice.

There are many different traumas that can impact a person who is taking a cruise vacation. When the medical standard of care fails, it is important to hold the doctors and other medical personnel liable for their wrongdoing. A recent change in the law may allow victims of medical malpractice to bring a legal action against the cruise line. The knowledgeable Miami cruise injury attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A are prepared to pursue justice on behalf of those who have been denied the opportunity to bring a legal action before now. Our dedicated attorneys have more than 130 years of collective experience in developing powerful cases on behalf of our clients.
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There are many wonderful experiences that a person can have while on a cruise vacation, but when there is negligence on the part of the cruise ship employees that leads to a serious injury, it is critical to take immediate action.

When a cruise ship passenger is hurt in a slip and fall accident on board the ship, it can lead to a long recovery period and significant pain and suffering. If you or a loved one has been harmed as the result of negligence of a cruise line, including its employees, the skilled Miami cruise ship accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. will work hard to get you the compensation that you need to recover from the harm that you suffered. Our skilled attorneys have more than 130 years of collective experience in getting the right outcome for our clients.

One of the biggest problems with slip and fall injuries on the high seas is that a patient may not receive the same level of medical care that he would if he were on land. Although many cruise ships do have advanced medical care facilities on board, they often are limited in the types of services that they can offer. This leads to an exacerbation of the harm that an injured person suffered during the fall.
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When people plan a vacation, they frequently take into consideration the crime statistics of their destination in order to make a choice that is comfortable for them. This often gets overlooked in booking a cruise vacation because of a perception that the cruise ship is inherently safer than other types of vacations. Due to the handling of crimes onboard a ship at sea, this often provides a false sense of safety that is not reflected in the actual crime statistics for cruise ships around the world.

Many cruise lines work hard to cover up the numerous crimes that take place onboard the ships. The knowledgeable and compassionate Miami cruise ship accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in uncovering the negligence that often contributes to harm caused by criminal acts onboard these cruise ships.
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There are many different things that can go wrong on a cruise. One of the most headline-grabbing events is when a person goes overboard while on a cruise, whether a passenger or an employee. Although this often is treated as an uncommon incident, the fact is that nearly 250 people have fallen or jumped off cruise ships over the last 30 years. Many of these deadly falls could have been prevented if the cruise ship had taken some basic precautions.

Cruise lines fail to take many necessary actions, leading to dangerous conditions and serious injuries or fatalities on far too many cruises. The skilled and tenacious Miami cruise ship accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in overcoming the many hurdles thrown up by the cruise industry in order to get compensation for our clients who were harmed while on a cruise.

Some of the overboard falls that happen on a cruise ship take place because the passenger was inebriated, intentionally went over the rail, or was the victim of a violent act. However, there are other times when passengers have gone overboard because they were allowed on deck during inclement weather, the rails were not sufficient to prevent the person from accidentally going overboard, or other defects posed a safety hazard. After an accident or intentional act, there often is insufficient evidence to determine what truly happened. If the cruise ship had adequate surveillance cameras or other security measures, there would not be so much ambiguity with many of the overboard cases.

In late November, 2014, a passenger fell overboard from the Sun Princess when the ship was returning to the port in Sydney, Australia after a 13-day cruise to New Zealand. The search for the elderly man’s body was called off and he was not found. In most cases, the individuals who fall from large cruise ships are killed. This may be from the impact forces of the fall or from exposure, drowning, or even marine life. The cruise ships often fail to respond quickly to the overboard event, even if the fall is detected right away through witnesses or the use of onboard radar equipment.
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The majority of people who take a cruise enjoy a nice vacation that does not result in any long-lasting harm. However, for those who are injured as a result of the negligence of a cruise ship company or its employees, it can be a long process to get justice for the injuries that they experienced.

Cruise ship accidents lead to very serious injuries. The cruise ship industry often spends a lot of money to avoid paying a claim rather than compensating a victim for the harm that he or she suffered. The sophisticated and experienced South Florida cruise ship accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. know how the cruise ship industry works and will do everything possible to maximize the award that our clients receive. Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 120 years of collective experience developing the most effective strategies to get the results that our clients deserve.

Cruise ship industry cases are particularly difficult to pursue because of the international registration of cruise ships and the strong disclaimer language that cruise ships force passengers to accept. Although litigation is often successful in obtaining awards that compensate victims for harm suffered on board a cruise ship, an alternative exists in the form of mediation. This legal alternative has its benefits as well as its detriments. When cruise ship accident cases are litigated, there is a requirement to proceed to mediation prior to availing oneself of the judge and jury. This mediation can result in a fair monetary award, but much of the success of the mediation lies with the mediator who is assigned to the case.
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The spread of the deadly disease Ebola has been in the news on a daily basis for the past month or so. In fact, the danger that this disease brings was recently brought home to a group of passengers on a cruise ship recently. Specifically, a health care worker from Dallas, Texas who had contact with a patient who was infected with Ebola then went on a cruise aboard the Carnival Magic. The passenger voluntary quarantined herself in her cabin while aboard the cruise ship. After she disembarked the ship, it was determined that she was not infected with the Ebola virus. However, this situation raises the issue of what steps a cruise line must take in order to protect its passengers from the spread of illness.

There are many ways that a cruise ship passenger can experience harm while trying to enjoy a cruise vacation; however, the spread of dangerous diseases is one of the most pervasive causes. Unfortunately, the cruise ship industry has a long history of ignoring the problem. The skilled and compassionate South Florida cruise ship accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. understand how to uncover the evidence to demonstrate cruise line negligence. Our attorneys have more than 120 years of collective experience in getting our clients the results that they deserve.

Although illnesses such as Ebola have a very low risk of transmission under everyday conditions, the fact that many cruise ships fail to take the necessary measures to maintain a clean environment does result in many serious illnesses. These illnesses include:

• Norovirus;
• Bacteria that lead to serious food poisoning; and
• Legionnaire’s disease.
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The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship was towed to its last port recently, two and a half years after it ran aground and sank, killing 32 people. It took four days to maneuver the 114,500 ton ship from the Tuscan island of Giglio where it ultimately sank. The long journey marks the end of one of the greatest cruise ship disasters of all time and the most complex maritime salvage ever attempted.

The Costa Concordia which now sits in a scrap warehouse was once a beauty of the seas. The first of the Concordia class cruise ships, Costa Concordia was one of the largest ships built in Italy. It offered 13 decks, approximately 1,500 cabins, 505 private balconies, and several spa staterooms. Guests could enjoy the fitness center, gym, thalassotherapy pool, sauna, Turkish bath, and solarium, along with four swimming pools, five Jacuzzis, five spas, two retractable roofs, and a poolside movie theater.
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During a recent hearing before the Senate, Laurie Dishman recalled her horrifying experience of being choked and raped aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the cruise line’s employees. Dishman shared her pain and humiliation during the 2006 attack, stating that cruise line staff were slow to act and discourteous in assisting her. Staff asked Dishman to collect her own evidence stemming from the attack and place it in trash bags. They did not transport her to the infirmary immediately, nor did they provide anti-retroviral medications. Our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers found that they did not even offer her another cabin in which to stay for the remainder of the cruise to Mexico. Dishman’s attacker was never arrested or tried in the U.S., despite an FBI investigation that ensued once the ship landed in the U.S.

In response to Dishman’s horror story and many others like it, Senator Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat from West Virginia, introduced a bill last year to improve the safety of passengers on cruise ships. Senator Rockefeller believes the reason behind such attacks and accidents stems from a lack of oversight and accountability for the safety of passengers in the cruise industry. Rockefeller says that in spite of clear evidence of problems, including mechanical failures, crimes, drowning, and mishandled medical emergencies, occurring with regularity, the cruise ship industry continues to deny it has a problem.

The hearing held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 was the second thus far, called to raise awareness to the problems plaguing the cruise industry and how the bill could address them. While cruise line officials appeared at the first hearing, none were present for the second.
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