Thousands of crew members work aboard cruise ships in Florida and beyond. Crew members are vital to the operation of a cruise line, providing valuable services that allow the cruise ship to run efficiently and effectively. Unfortunately, crew members are also subjected to potential dangers and cruise ship injuries which occur at high rates.
Recently, an electrician was killed aboard the Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship as he made repairs to an elevator. The cruise was on its final leg, returning to Miami when the elevator experienced a malfunction. The 66 year old electrician aboard the cruise ship was apparently crushed while attempting to make repairs. A horrifying scene ensued, with blood pouring from the elevator. Carnival released a statement extending its sympathy to the family of the deceased employee and intends to conduct a full investigation into the matter.
Crew Members Have Legal Rights
If you are seriously injured or become severely sick while working on a cruise ship, you do have legal rights. You are likely protected under the Jones Act, which is a federal act created to aid seamen injured while in the line of duty. Depending upon the circumstances surrounding your injury and the extent of your injury, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and lodging expenses. You could also recover for future medical expenses, future lost wages, and pain and suffering. The family members of a crewmember who has died at sea may be eligible to receive compensation as well.
Your precise rights in the event of an accident or illness will depend upon what you were hired to do for the cruise line and whether negligence was involved. You do not necessarily need to be injured while at sea, as workers involved in the ship’s overall mission may qualify as crew members. A licensed cruise ship accident attorney can assist you in understanding the complex federal laws surrounding crewmember injuries and assessing whether you qualify for some sort of compensation for your injuries or illness.
Further, if your injury or illness involved “unseaworthiness,” which is another term for negligence at sea, you could be eligible to recover damages in addition to the compensation described above. Unseaworthiness can refer to any defect or deficiency with the cruise ship, its personnel, equipment, supervision, and the like. If your injuries were caused by unseaworthiness by a person, piece of equipment, or the ship, you could collect damages for your current and future medical expenses, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, including future pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. Injured crew members should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible so that they can receive timely legal assistance and protect their future claim.
Greenberg, Stone & Urbano: Outstanding Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers
Cruise ship crew members may face injury or death in performing vital tasks for their employer. If you are an employee who has been injured aboard a cruise ship, contact the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano. Our exceptional firm offers the assistance you need to obtain the results you desire. We have over 130 collective years of experience representing cruise ship accident victims across South Florida and will put our extensive experience to work for you. Contact our firm as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. Our firm received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.