Miami Cruise Ship Passenger Accident Claims Lawyer
Cruise ships are among the largest watercraft in the world, and Florida is one of the largest markets for passengers sailing the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. According to the Florida Ports Council, there were 16.8 million tourists who passed through the state’s seaports in 2018, and that figure climbs every year. The attraction of cruising is obvious, as the ship offers countless dining options, entertainment venues, attractions, excursions, and more activities.
Of course, the downside is that all these amenities also increase the likelihood of injury-causing incidents. If you were hurt onboard, you’ll need to go through the cruise ship passenger accidents claims process, which can be overwhelming. The personal injury concepts you’re familiar with don’t apply to cruise operators, and the rules for filing a claim are complex. Instead of putting your rights at risk, trust our team at Freidin Brown, P.A. to tackle the challenges. Please contact our office to schedule a no-cost consultation with a Miami cruise ship passenger accident claims lawyer, and check out some important information about these cases.
The Legal Process for Cruise Ship Passenger Accidents
Cruise ships are considered common carriers in the eyes of the law, which means they must exercise reasonable care to protect the safety and well-being of passengers. When crew, staff, and other employees fail in this duty, accidents can cause serious injuries. Many of these incidents are the type that could happen anywhere, while others are specific to the cruise environment.
Generally, to recover monetary damages, you will file a claim with the cruise operator. You must do according to your contract, which usually requires you to initiate the process within six months after the accident. In some cases, you may be able to settle your claim for an appropriate amount. However, if the cruise company refuses to pay a fair amount, you may need to go to court to obtain compensation for:
- Your medical costs;
- Lost income, if you were out of work because of your injuries;
- Pain and suffering;
- Diminished quality of life; and,
- Losses that affect your personal relationships.
We Handle All Types of Cruise Ship Passenger Accidents
At Freidin Brown, P.A., our team has decades of combined experience fighting for victims of cruise ship accidents. We can assist with:
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents, especially at pools, water slides, hot tubs, and water-related activities;
- Injuries resulting from cruise ship amusement rides, parks, and other attractions;
- Burn injuries from fires and explosions;
- Illnesses due to bacteria, viruses, and related hazards;
- Passenger disappearances and falls overboard;
- Food poisoning;
- Injuries from criminal acts, such as assault and rape;
- Accidents that occur during shore excursions; and,
- Many more.
Speak to a Cruise Ship Passenger Accident Claims Lawyer for Free
While the overview of the claims process may be helpful, it’s no substitution for retaining skilled legal representation. To learn how we can assist with your case, please contact the Miami or Fort Myers, FL offices of Freidin Brown, P.A. We can set up a free case assessment to review your circumstances and determine the best strategy for proceeding with your cruise ship passenger accident claim.