If you've been injured in a cruise ship accident, contact The Sam Bernstein Law Firm to get the compensation you deserve.


Why You Need a Cruise Ship Accident Attorney

For those who enjoy delicious cuisine, luxurious service and new destinations, a cruise can be an ideal vacation. While cruises are wonderful getaways, they require advance planning and a significant financial commitment. The last thing you expect is to have your long-awaited cruise ruined by illness or injury, especially when the situation was caused by negligence.

If you or a family member is injured on a cruise, you need a personal injury attorney who specializes in cruise ship accidents. That’s why you should contact us immediately for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are ready to help you win the compensation you deserve.




What are the Most Common Types of Cruise Ship Injuries?

There are numerous kinds of accidents that can occur during a cruise. While some are unavoidable, many are the result of negligence on the part of the cruise line or its staff. Here are some of the most common situations that can cause passengers to become seriously ill or injured.

Injuries that occur on the cruise ship

  • Slip and fall injuries can be caused by a variety of conditions:
    • Slippery floors
    • Loose carpet or defective flooring
    • Poor lighting in hallways or stairs
    • Absence of handrails or other safety features
    • Lack of safety precautions for transferring passengers from ship to shore
  • Swimming pool accidents or drowning due to inadequate supervision or hazardous conditions
  • Respiratory infections or illness from airborne contamination, due to poorly maintained ventilation or air conditioning systems
  • Gastrointestinal disorders caused by spoiled or improperly prepared food
  • Collision with another vessel, dock or natural hazard such as a sandbar or ice floe
  • Burn injuries or smoke inhalation from an onboard fire
  • Medical malpractice by a ship doctor

Injuries that occur during shore excursions or when transferring between ship and shore

A cruise line may also be responsible if a passenger is injured in an off-shore accident. Here are some examples:

  • Injuries that occur while passengers are being transported on smaller vessels between ship and shore
  • Injuries that occur when passengers are traversing the gangplank or pier next to the cruise ship
  • Injuries occurring at a hotel or other on-shore location owned by the cruise line
  • During an on-shore excursion that the cruise line arranged

Cruise lines are not automatically responsible when passengers are injured on shore. In those cases, the passenger may be able to sue the business or individual whose negligence caused the injury. A victim has the right to file an injury claim even when the accident took place in another country.

How do I File a Lawsuit after a Cruise Ship Accident?

Whether you were injured onboard a cruise ship or ashore, pursuing legal action for a cruise-related injury or illness is a complicated process. That’s why you should contact us as soon as possible if you or a loved one is injured during a cruise.

Jurisdictional issues

Before you can file an injury claim, two main legal issues must be resolved:

  1. Which set of laws apply to the claim
  2. Which court will have jurisdiction over the case

Most major cruise ship companies choose which laws and jurisdiction govern matters such as personal injury claims. Typically, a cruise line specifies the governing law in the fine print on the back of the cruise ticket.

Sometimes a court will reject the cruise line’s choice of law and rule that the matter be governed by United States maritime or admiralty laws. Or, the court may order the parties to abide by the laws of another jurisdiction.

When a passenger is injured on shore in an accident that does not involve the cruise line was not involved, the victim may still be able to file suit against the negligent business or individual. However, in that instance, the laws of the state or country where the accident happened usually apply.

How an Experienced Cruise Ship Accident Attorney can Help You

In any event, preparing a successful claim for a cruise ship accident is a complex and time-consuming process. First, a skilled attorney will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident. This includes gathering and evaluating all the relevant evidence, including obtaining statements from or interviewing any witnesses. In addition, an effective attorney will document the negligent actions that caused the illness or injury, as well as the relationship of the careless individuals to the cruise line.

Because this kind of injury claim requires considerable legal expertise and resources, having an experienced accident lawyer on your side will significantly increase your chances of success. Moreover, studies show plaintiffs who hire personal injury attorneys achieve better financial outcomes than those who choose to represent themselves.

If you or a loved one was hurt in a cruise-related accident or mishap, we are ready to start your case today. Submit this simple form for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our knowledgeable accident attorneys.




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