Cruise lines and their ships are regulated by maritime law and must adhere to these rules to guarantee the well-being of their passengers and crew. It is commonplace for cruise ship companies to be careless when it comes to ensuring the safety of those on the ship. Many passengers and crew have fallen victim to injury and even death because of a cruise line's negligence. Injuries happen when the cruise line fails to have appropriate safety guidelines in place and when crewmembers ignore those guidelines. Minimal security has encouraged attacks on passengers and crew. Frequent accidents on cruise ships include falls, faulty equipment, sexual assault by crew or passengers, food poisoning, and injuries while on an excursion or other stops on land. If you or a loved one has suffered a cruise ship injury, fill out our free case evaluation form.
It is very possible that a cruise line is responsible for the injuries you suffered aboard the ship. If you are hurt away from the ship, it is still wise to thoroughly document everything that occurred. Don't forget you're being watched; most cruise ships are stocked with video cameras that may have recorded your accident on tape. Usually, the cruise ship staff is required to file reports on all injured passengers. Employees who will keep an eye on you include the cabin steward, purser, waiters, bartenders, doctors, medical assistants, etc. Get a second medical opinion as soon as you return home because the medical care onboard a cruise ship is generally not top quality. The Coast Guard does not standardize the quality of medical care onboard cruise ships. Medical accommodations are rather sparse on cruise ships and are similar to walk-in clinics with the bare essentials; some do not even have the ability to take x-rays.
Check the back of your cruise ticket for a contract containing such information as rules and regulations and liability information. Read the ticket carefully, and retain it for future reference. Cruise line contracts contain specific limitations regarding the time and place in which a claim can be filed. Get in touch with a maritime lawyer immediately, and refrain from speaking to the cruise line claims people until you've sought out an attorney.
The maritime attorneys at Morgan & Morgan litigate numerous lawsuits to trial involving cruise ship injuries and other personal injury cases. We are extremely proud of the results that we have obtained and look forward to sharing them with you.
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Recovery in a lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Woman was widowed when her husband died from lung cancer. The total award after apportioning damages based on assignment of fault was $46.3 million.
A 27-year-old man suffered multiple broken bones, a shattered jaw and a collapsed lung after he was hit head-on by a pick-up truck going the wrong way on Semoran Boulevard. The accident also left him unable to have children.
In a case against R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris, attorneys Keith Mitnik, Greg Prysock, Joe Taraska and Katy Massa recovered a $40 million tobacco litigation verdict on behalf of the husband and daughter of a woman who died after smoking two packs of cigarettes a day for 36 years.
Failure to perform a timely C-section resulting in serious injury.
Medication overdose of a 26 week premature newborn against a hospital.
In January 2011, Keith Mitnik obtained an $18.8 million verdict on behalf of a motorcyclist who was rendered a paraplegic when a car pulled out in front of him.
11-year-old girl involved in rear-end motor vehicle accident suffered paralysis from the waist down.
Recovery for national class of poultry workers.
Award for a class of oil, gas and petroleum inspectors paid illegal "chinese overtime" rather than proper time and a half.
$9.975 million dollar settlement on behalf of off-shore oil inspectors not properly paid for all hours worked.