With summer upon us, families have begun making vacation plans and arrangements. Although the range of alternative activities and destinations for families during the kids’ summer break is virtually endless, cruises offer one of the most diverse, convenient, and enjoyable ways for families to enjoy the warm summer months. Although cruises offer many benefits, they can also pose significant dangers to passengers when appropriate steps are not taken to prevent accidents or to provide adequate security geared towards safeguarding the safety of patrons.
If you or a family member is injured on a cruise, you should seek immediate legal advice from a knowledgeable lawyer at a Miami cruise injury law firm. When accidents or malicious attacks occur at sea, documenting the incident can sometimes be difficult. However, a cruise injury lawyer can help you investigate relevant facts, obtain witness statements, secure documents including maintenance records and/or training materials, and comply with applicable laws and/or procedures to recover the full measure of compensation that you are entitled to receive.
Many cruise ship related incidents that result in serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, loss of limbs, severe burns and other debilitating injuries, are the result of negligent conduct or malicious intent. The cruise company’s hiring and training procedures, safety policies and protocol, and maintenance of equipment often make these mishaps foreseeable. However, companies that operate cruise lines might not be candid or forthright about mistakes or deficiencies that cause patrons to experience a serious injury or illness.
Cruise lines are required to follow specific protocols and procedures when someone is injured while a vessel is at sea. The cruise company is required to ensure that sick or injured passengers receive proper medical attention. Whether an injury victim is a vacationing passenger or a member of the crew, the cruise company has a legal duty to facilitate medical attention within a reasonable period of time. When cruise ship personnel fail to provide timely medical attention, the cruise company can be entirely responsible for any subsequent complications that result from an unreasonable delay in delivering appropriate medical care.
Cruise companies take elaborate measures to mitigate their liability in the event of mishaps that cause serious injuries and illnesses to patrons. A lawyer experienced in cruise ship injury litigation provides a valuable resource because companies that operate cruise lines anticipate the possibility of lawsuits and take steps to preempt judgments and settlements. Tickets often include extensive waivers of liability, deadlines for bringing a legal claim, and limits on the cruise company’s exposure to financial liability to passengers and employees for debilitating injuries and fatalities.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Seeking Maximum Recovery for Damages Sustained Due to Negligence
If you have suffered serious injury or you have lost someone you love in a cruise ship accident, our Miami Personal Injury Lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano will tenaciously pursue the full compensation you deserve. For over 130 collective years, our firm has assisted accident victims in personal injury and wrongful death actions across South Florida. We seek to obtain compensation for your tangible and intangible damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our skill and dedication 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.