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 and Urbano know how the cruise ship industry works and will do everything possible to maximize the award that our clients receive. Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano 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.
The mediators, who are appointed by the court, typically are retired judges or attorneys who have been certified as mediators. The individuals are not there to make a determination about liability or the amount of compensation that is owed. Rather, a mediator is supposed to gather information from both sides, through a presentation of each side’s perceptions and evidence, and then help facilitate a resolution through individual communications with each side. The mediator then moves back and forth to the parties in order to find common ground where both parties can agree to a settlement amount. Frequently, this back and forth involves a lot of strategy, where there are multiple combinations of compensation and other incentives that might be used to find a resolution. However, there also is the potential for a lot of wasted time where the parties simply move forward to trial after investing long hours into the mediation.
Many mediations result in failure because there is a large discrepancy between what the defendants are willing to pay and how much harm the victim has suffered and will continue to suffer. There are times when a mediated settlement offers the best solution for a person who has been harmed in a cruise ship accident. In these cases, the uncertainty of a trial may be a risk that he and his family are not willing to risk. In other situations, the accident victim is ready to move forward and is willing to accept the defense’s offer during a mediation. It is important to have clear and straightforward communication between an attorney and his client in order to determine whether a mediated settlement is the right decision for a cruise ship accident victim. One thing to consider is that there is little risk that the cruise line defendant is going to close up shop before the case does go to trial, as opposed to other types of cases.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Aggressively Fights For Its Clients
When a person is injured in an accident aboard a cruise ship or while on a cruise vacation, there are many hurdles to overcome before a settlement is reached or a verdict is handed down. The compassionate and experienced Miami cruise accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano will work with each client to determine the legal strategy that works best for that individual and his family. With more than three decades spent advocating on behalf of our clients, our firm has the knowledge and resources to obtain the best results for our clients. Martindale Hubbell has awarded our firm an AV rating as the result of our diligence and commitment to our client. The Miami Herald has voted us one of South Florida’s top-rated firms. Our firm even has been invited to join the distinguished legal society, Primerus. To discuss what happened to you and how we can help, please call (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.