A fire started aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship this past October. The incident resulted in 21 people being treated for smoke inhalation. The ship was traveling in the Mediterranean when suddenly passengers started smelling smoke. Flames quickly grew and crew members rushed to emergency stations, where they were forced to remain for hours while emergency personnel worked to douse the fire. The fire was eventually extinguished and all systems continued to function. However, nineteen crew members and one guest suffered from smoke inhalation.
Our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers are saddened to hear of this recent fire, but not surprised. At Greenberg, Stone, and Urbano, we have assisted a number of passengers injured as a result of cruise ship fires. Royal Caribbean has suffered a number of large fires in recent years. This past summer, a fire broke out aboard one of its fleet. Two years prior, a large fire started on yet another Royal Caribbean ship and it took the crew over two hours to extinguish it. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured as a result of the fire. This is not always the case when it comes to ship fires, as the tragic Oceania Cruise ship accident illustrates. On that ship, a fire started in the engine room. An explosion happened and three people aboard were killed while others sustained serious injuries.
Know Your Legal Rights If You Are Injured in a Cruise Ship Accident
Being seriously injured while aboard a cruise ship or losing a loved one in a cruise ship accident is a horrific event. Some passengers believe that the laws concerning ordinary personal injury accidents, such as slip and fall laws, will also apply to cruise ship injuries. This is not the case as cruise lines are governed by maritime laws and the contact you agree to when you set off to sail.
Most cruise ship tickets constitute a binding contractual agreement that requires the passenger provide formal written notice of their intent to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Failure to follow this step can result in your lawsuit being dismissed. Most cruise ship tickets also have time limitations that will prevent you from bringing your action after a certain amount of time has passed. Cruise lines will also routinely limit where you can file your lawsuit. In the United States, Florida is the most common venues, with the majority of actions being filed in Miami. Contact an experienced Miami cruise ship injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident so that you can be sure you comply with all mandatory requirements and will succeed in your action.
Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano: Put Our Over 130 Collective Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a cruise ship accident, the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano offer the assistance you need to obtain the results you desire. With over 130 collective years of experience representing cruise ship accident victims across South Florida, our firm provides legal representation of unmatched excellence. Contact our firm as soon as possible to start on the road to protecting 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. Put our exceptional cruise accident attorneys to work on your case. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.