Florida Cruise Line Injury Attorney
Nothing can ruin a relaxing vacation sooner than suffering an injury in the middle of your trip. While minor injuries and discomforts, like motion sickness, a stubbed toe, or a nasty scratch, might be day-ruiners, more serious injuries can be life-changing. At the office of Halpern, Santos & Pinkert, P.A., our Florida cruise line injury attorneys are here to represent you if you’ve been seriously injured on a cruise and aren’t sure of your options or how to recover damages. Reach out to us today for your free consultation.
Common Cruise Ship Injuries
Our lawyers have experience representing clients who have suffered a range of different injury types while on a cruise ship. Types of cases we work on include:
- Slip and fall injuries
- Drowning and near-drowning injuries
- Onboard fire-related injuries, including burn and smoke inhalation injuries
- Assault and sexual assault
- Food poisoning
- Wrongful death
If you have suffered an injury on a cruise ship in an accident type that you don’t see listed above, please reach out to us directly to learn more about your options and how we can help.
Can I File a Lawsuit Against a Cruise Ship for Damages?
Your right to file a claim for damages after being injured on a cruise ship is governed by a combination of maritime law, federal or/and state regulations, and the contractual obligations of the cruise ship and any waiver of liability you’ve signed (these details should be printed on the back of your ticket).
In most cases, however, if you can prove that negligence was the cause of your injuries, you can file a claim for damages. Negligence means that the cruise ship breached its duty of care to you. For example, failing to remedy a dangerous condition, store food properly, or adequately conduct background checks on staff may all be examples of negligence that cause or contribute to severe injuries.
It’s Important to Take Action Quickly
After a cruise ship injury, you should seek medical care, report the injury to a crew member immediately, and then gather any evidence that you can that may aid your claim. For example, if you slipped and fell, taking pictures of the hazard that caused the slip and fall can be very valuable.
When filing a cruise ship injury claim, it’s important to remember that the statute of limitations on these claim types is often very short—sometimes a year or less, depending on the cruise line. If you fail to file your claim within the statute of limitations, you can be barred from recovery.
Call Our Cruise Line Injury Attorneys Directly Today
At the office of Halpern, Santos & Pinkert, P.A., our cruise line injury attorneys understand that suffering a serious injury on a cruise ship can be a jarring and traumatic experience that leaves you with major financial losses, disability, and other economic and noneconomic damages. When you call our law firm, we’ll work hard to get you the settlement you deserve. We always offer free consultations—call today to get started.