Miami Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer
In its 2019 Cruise Industry Overview, the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association predicted that 30 million ocean cruise passengers would sail worldwide, building upon a steady increase over the previous five years. Almost 35 percent of these passengers will be aboard ships departing Florida ports, and the vast majority of them will be making wonderful memories that last a lifetime. Unfortunately, many others will return home with horrific injuries and reminders of the serious accidents that occur on cruise ships. Even after they recover, long-term losses linger.
- Fire & Explosion Accidents
- Medical Negligence
- Passenger Accident Claims
- Ride & Water Slide Accidents
- Slip & Fall Injury
If you were hurt on a cruise or during a shore excursion, you may be able to recover monetary damages for the devastating consequences of an injury-causing accident. However, these claims are very different from the personal injury cases you may know. As such, it’s wise to trust our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers at Freidin Brown, P.A. for assistance. Please contact our office to schedule a no-cost case evaluation, and read on for some important information about your rights.
Common Accidents on Cruise Ships
Considering the massive number of amenities and thrilling attractions, there are certain types of injury-causing incidents that occur quite frequently on cruise ships. Examples include:
- Slips, trips, and falls, especially around pools, hot tubs, and water slides;
- Injuries while embarking and disembarking the ship;
- Burns from cruise ship fire and explosion accidents;
- Shore excursion injuries;
- Passenger disappearance and falling overboard;
- Drowning incidents at water attractions, both onboard and during shore excursions;
- Injuries on rides and other cruise ship attractions;
- Assault and sexual assault; and,
- Many others.
Your Rights as an Injured Passenger
Even if you have a general understanding of personal injury laws, keep in mind that the rules covering admiralty and maritime matters are very different. Typically, your contract for passage governs your relationship with the cruise operator, which means you need to comply with the requirements as stated in the agreement. One of the most important factors is that you have a much shorter time to file a claim for compensation: While the statute of limitations for most Florida cases is four years, you usually only have six months when pursuing the cruise company.
At Freidin Brown, P.A., we’re dedicated to getting the full range of monetary damages after a cruise ship accident. Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to amounts for:
- Medical costs to treat your injuries;
- Lost wages, if you were unable to work after the accident;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress; and,
- Losses that affect your personal relationships and quality of life.
Get Legal Help from a Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorney
A cruise should be a pleasurable experience, but an injury-causing accident can turn your dream vacation upside down quickly. Instead of trying to navigate the complex claims process on your own, trust our lawyers at Freidin Brown, P.A. to seek compensation for your losses. For more information on our legal services in the area of cruise ship accidents, please contact our offices in Miami or Fort Myers, FL. We can set up a free consultation to review your circumstances.