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What Every Passenger Injured on a Cruise Needs to Know

Many people are injured every year because of the careless or malicious acts of others, but the injury victims decline to pursue compensation for their injuries.  While no injury victim should be forced to cover the cost of their own medical bills and lost wages when someone else is to blame for their injuries, a significant number of people never seek to hold the at-fault party responsible.  The most common reason that injury victims abandon their legal right to a monetary recovery involves concerns about the complexity of the process and a belief that the likelihood of success is low.  However, people who suffer physical injuries because of the negligent acts or omissions of others put the odds in their favor when they are represented by an experienced Miami cruise ship injury lawyer.

Complex Challenges Facing Cruise Injury Victims

When a person suffers an injury on the high seas or a foreign port while on a cruise, the overwhelming feeling of dealing with complicated legal, procedural, and insurance issues can seem even more daunting.  Passengers on a cruise ship typically are limited in their ability to obtain medical services and/or to report the incident.  Sometimes cruise ship personnel are directly or indirectly responsible for such injuries or exacerbate such injuries by failing to provide prompt medical attention.  Our Miami Cruise Injury Attorneys recognize the challenges associated with suffering an injury at sea and the sophisticated nuances of the applicable law.

When you suffer an injury caused by negligent maintenance, such as a slip and fall caused by a foreign substance on the floor that is not cleaned up, or a violent assault, your legal claim for monetary recovery generally must be filed in Federal Court in Miami, Florida under the terms of your passenger ticket contract.  Injured cruise victims should seek legal advice from attorneys who understand the defenses and legal strategies that cruise lines use to avoid paying injury victims the full recovery they are entitled to under law.  Cruise line often try to limit the venues available to injured passengers for resolving legal claim by imposing stipulations restricting their rights or imposing deadlines in the ticket contract.  Our Miami cruise injury lawyers are well versed in applicable maritime and admiralty law, so we can protect passenger rights and pursue the fullest monetary recovery.

Investigating Options for Medical Care Prior to Departure

If you are injured on a cruise, the ship infirmary will be less equipped to deal with your injuries than a hospital.  Prudent travels should investigate their options for medical treatment before ever booking a cruise.  The travel agent should be asked whether the ship’s doctor is licensed in the United States and whether he or she speaks English.  In the event you are the victim of a physical attack, rape, or sexual assault, you should also ask your travel agent whether the cruise ship has the capacity to conduct forensic medical examinations.

Preserving a Cruise Ship Personal Injury Claim

 Admittedly, the task of gathering and preserving evidence supporting a personal injury claim is more difficult if you are injured onboard a cruise ship.  However, there are certain steps that you can take that will help to preserve your legal right to compensation:

  • Immediately report the incident in writing
  • Keep a record that indicates when the report was made, the person to whom the report was made, and anyone that accompanied you when making the report
  • Obtain a copy of the report
  • Gather the names and contact information for anyone who saw the incident
  • Promptly seek medical attention from the ship’s physician
  • See a doctor at the next port of call
  • Take photos of the scene where the accident occurred, the surrounding area, and your injuries
  • Speak to an experienced Miami Cruise Accident Lawyer as soon as practical about preserving your rights and pursuing a legal claim

Greenberg Stone and Urbano:  Seeking Maximum Recovery for Damages Sustained Due to Negligence 

If you or a family member has been injured in an accident or criminal attack on a cruise ship, our Florida Cruise Injury Attorneys 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.


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