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What Should I Do If I’m Injured on a Cruise Ship?

Posted on October 23, 2018 in Personal Injury

A cruise ship isn’t always the safest vacation vessel. Serious personal injuries can arise while on a cruise – from slip-and-fall risks on deck to improperly stored food and Norovirus. Hundreds of people every year attempt to bring claims against cruise ship companies for accidents, injuries, and illnesses they suffered while working or recreating on cruise ships.

If you or a loved one has a cruise ship injury, contact Fischer Redavid PLLC. A Hollywood accident attorney can make all the difference to the success of your claim. Instead of going up against a major cruise line alone, your lawyer will handle the claim on your behalf. You may be able to obtain compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and other losses. Filing a injury claim could be just a phone call away.

Common Causes of Cruise Ship Injuries

In our years representing Florida accident victims, we’ve come to acknowledge several types of cruise ship accidents that are more common than others. Thousands of cruise ships come and go every year, so these types of cases are more common than most people realize. When you trust your case to our attorneys, you’ll benefit from a firm that has first-hand experience with many different cruise injury claims. The following are some of the most frequent factors involved in these cases:

  • Unseaworthy vessels
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Lack of cruise ship maintenance
  • Staircase, elevator, and escalator accidents
  • Swimming pool hazards/unintentional drowning
  • Criminal activity/negligent security
  • Gangplank and tender boat accidents
  • Man-overboard incidents
  • Food poisoning/unsanitary premises
  • Dangerous crewmembers

Many different personal injury incidents can arise while on a cruise ship – from physical assault to a tumble down the stairs. If you believe someone else is to blame – such as the cruise line or one of its employees – contact our Hollywod injury lawyers to discuss your potential ability to file a claim. It is the cruise company’s legal duty to provide safe premises for passengers. Failure to do so is negligence and can land the company with liability for damages.

Why Pursue a Personal Injury Claim?

You might think it’s easier not to file a personal injury claim, but simply to get medical care and forget the entire incident ever happened. If you’re nursing broken bones, head trauma, a brain injury, a serious illness, spinal cord injury, wrongful death, or another major type of harm, it is vital that you contact a lawyer. The cruise company should not get away with negligence or carelessness that causes serious passenger injuries. Similar harm could befall future passengers if you do not file a lawsuit.

Filing a lawsuit could also result in much-needed financial compensation to pay for your accident-related damages. File a claim and get these damages back instead of allowing someone else’s negligence to cost you thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages. Out-of-pocket costs could amount to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the seriousness of your injuries. Hiring one of our lawyers means getting legal representation without paying anything unless we win your case. If we do win, we’ll take our fees out of your settlement or verdict – not out of your pocket.

Hiring an attorney to take care of your cruise ship injury case can result in much greater compensation than filing on your own. A lawyer can navigate common carrier laws, comparative fault, assumptions of risk, cruise-ticket contracts, and other complex legalities your case may involve. Your lawyer can also go up against major cruise ship insurance companies during settlement negotiations. Don’t let a major insurer take advantage of you. Contact us to pursue fair and full recovery for you and your family. Call (954) 860-8434 for a free consultation.