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 and Urbano 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.
The flags under which most ships sail (approximately 90 percent of cruise ships are registered in a foreign country) belong to nations that have more permissive laws. It is a benefit to these countries to have multiple registrations because of the economic incentives that come from the cruise lines availing themselves of these countries’ rather lax laws. However, when something goes wrong on board the ships, these foreign countries may perform cursory investigations, leading to a loss of evidence and an incomplete picture of what happened.
When a cruise ship sails under a foreign flag, it can insist that any investigations are conducted by that foreign authority. There are exceptions, specifically including when an American is the victim of a crime, which means that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) can assert limited jurisdiction. Of course, only the most serious of crimes is going to garner the resources of the FBI. This means that most investigations into accidents and crimes get only a cursory review, limiting the evidence that is available when cases move forward for civil damages. Despite the fact that this makes a personal injury case more challenging, there are many paths to success.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Gets Positive Results for Cruise Ship Injury Victims
When a cruise vacation leads to terrible suffering, it is important to retain a law firm that specializes in uncovering the facts of the incident in order to get the victim the compensation that he deserves. The South Florida cruise injury law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano has spent more than 30 years developing the skills to take on the big cruise lines in order to overcome the hurdles that they place between passengers and the results that they deserve. We know how to navigate the complex intersection of maritime law, international law, and personal injury law in order to develop the best case possible. Our commitment to clients has earned us a peer-reviewed AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating that a firm can receive. Further, the Miami Herald has voted us one of South Florida’s top-rated law firms. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can get to work for you.