Cruise Ship Lawyer in Hialeah
As cruising becomes more and more popular, the cruising industry has seen a significant rise in the number of passengers each year. According to the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association , the boating industry has been increasing passenger volume year over year. In 2017, there were over 25 million global cruise passengers, showing an increase of 4.5% over 2016. 2018 saw over 26 million cruise ship passengers and 2019 pushed past 30 million global cruise passengers, making it the most popular year for cruising on record.
Florida has seen record increases in the number of passengers leaving its ports each year. PortMiami topped 55,000 passengers in one day in 2019, making it the largest ever single-day number of Florida boaters.
Unfortunately, not all boats operate smoothly and without problems. Accidents and illnesses are now more common than ever. Slip and falls, negligent acts, and the rise of novel diseases have more and more passengers finding the cruise experience more difficult than expected.
If you were injured or got sick on a boat you might be entitled to compensation. A Hialeah cruise ship accident lawyer is here to help. From filing insurance claims to initiating lawsuits, a cruise ship injury lawyer understands what it takes to get the compensation you deserve. Call us today.
Common Accidents in Hialeah
Just like an injury sustained on land, there are numerous opportunities for injuries to occur aboard a cruise ship. With larger and larger ships come more and more chances of an accident occurring. There are some dangers that are unique to ships. Some examples include:
- Slipping on a wet deck
- Food allergens and poisoning
- Objects shifting in poor weather conditions
- Elevator or escalator accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Overboard incidents
- Infections (norovirus/coronavirus)
- Injuries while on an excursion
- Falling objects
While some accidents are unavoidable, it is the boat’s responsibility to exercise a reasonable duty of care to protect its passengers and the ship’s owner or operator may be liable for failing to do so. When these injuries occur, it may be possible to have the boating company compensate an individual for the value of the injury through a lawsuit.
Understanding the complexities of liability is complicated. A cruise ship injury lawyer with Schlacter Law can help. We have the experience needed to help weed through the issues and get you the best compensation available.
What Is Jurisdiction?
Following an accident aboard a ship, determining where to file a lawsuit is not always a simple matter. Many boat operators include language on their tickets requiring a lawsuit to be filed in a specific court. However, while this may give some guidance on where a lawsuit could be filed, these terms are not always enforceable, and an attorney would need to further investigate the proper jurisdiction.
Additionally, where to file a lawsuit may depend greatly on where the injury occurred. If for example a cruise ship passenger slips and falls in port in Hialeah before boarding the boat, a lawsuit may need to be filed in state court where the port is located. However, if a fall occurs aboard the ship while it is at sea, maritime law may apply, requiring a lawsuit to be filed in federal court under maritime law.
Furthermore, the parties involved in a lawsuit may not always be clear, making it difficult to establish who is at fault for the injury. Some of the parties involved in operating a cruise ship include:
- The owner of the vessel
- The company that operates the vessel
- The company that sold the tickets
- The company that hires the crew onboard the vessel
One or more parties may be responsible for an accident aboard a cruise ship. In cases where it is not immediately clear who is responsible, a cruise lawyer may be necessary to help look at the circumstances that led to the accident.
Maritime law is often applied in boating accidents that occurred at sea. Maritime law is a set of complex laws that evolved from early laws established at sea hundreds of years ago. These laws are oftentimes outdated and difficult to apply to current modern-day cruise ship incidents.
Understanding the complexities of maritime law requires a Hialeah attorney well versed in its intricacies. For these reasons, it is essential to seek the help of a Florida cruise ship lawyer. Experience litigating under maritime law is essential in successfully seeking compensation for a cruise ship accident victim.
After a Cruise Ship Accident
Following a cruise ship accident where someone was injured, it is essential to keep a record of what occurred at the time of the accident. If possible, be sure to file an accident report with a member of the cruise line’s staff and be sure to get a copy for your records.
Keeping track of the conditions prior to the incident may be the difference between getting compensation and being unable to do so. If possible, be sure to:
- Photograph the accident scene
- Get the contact information for anyone who may have witnessed the accident
- Get the contact information for any staff members who were involved in the accident
- Get the contact information of any staff member you reported the accident to
- Record the weather conditions just before the accident occurred
- Record any obstacles or obstructions present at the time of the accident
If you were injured following an accident in Hialeah, be sure to seek medical help as soon as possible. Most cruise ships have an infirmary staffed with a medical doctor. In cases where an injury is severe, it may be necessary to remove an accident victim from the boat to seek medical assistance on land.
Oftentimes, a cruise ship will not cover additional medical expenses for care received at a medical facility on land. When this is the case, it may be necessary to pay for this medical care out of pocket and seek compensation from the ship operator in a lawsuit. Under these situations, the help of a cruise ship accident lawyer is essential.
Cruising continues to be one of Florida’s largest growing industries. With no sign of slowing down, more and more passengers sail the Florida seas today. Unfortunately, with the ever-increasing number of cruises and ship passengers, comes an ever-increasing number of accidents. When these accidents occur, Schlacter Law is here to help. With our years of experience helping Hialeah cruise ship passengers receive the compensation they deserve you can rest assured that our team of cruise ship attorneys have the skills needed to get the best compensation available. Call today.
How We Handle Cases
- Your attorney will aggressively investigate your case. Schlacter Law will compile all necessary evidence needed to maximize the value of your case. Which includes but is not limited to photographs, police reports, security camera footage, witness statements, medical bills and medical records.
- You will remain in constant contact with Schlacter Law about the progression of your case.
- Your attorney will present your case to the insurance company and will attempt to resolve your case before the case goes to court for maximum compensation.
- Your attorney will make every effort possible to resolve the case as quickly as possible for the most amount of money you may be entitled to. You will be actively involved in the negotiation process with your attorney. Schlacter Law understands that this is your one opportunity to get justice for your loss.
- If settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, Schlacter Law will be fully prepared to bring your case to court to fight for the justice you deserve.
- At no cost to you, Schlacter Law will hire any experts and professionals needed to maximize your recovery and present your case in the strongest form possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much time do I have to file a lawsuit for an injury?
Issues concerning time limitations may vary depending on which laws would apply. For example, if a lawsuit would apply maritime law the statute of limitations may vary. Be sure to consult a cruise injury lawyer as soon as possible to establish how much time there is to file a lawsuit.
What if more than one party is responsible for an accident?
If more than one party is responsible for an accident injury they may all be required to pay a portion of compensation. Determining joint liability requires a cruise lawyer’s assistance to help evaluate the circumstances that led to the accident. If more than one party is responsible, an attorney can help ensure that all the parties help pay for compensation.
What if I contracted a disease onboard a cruise ship?
Today, more than ever, concerns surrounding infectious diseases are ever-present on passenger’s minds. If you suspect you contracted an infectious disease while cruising due to the ship operator’s negligence you may be entitled to compensation. Call the ship accident lawyers at Schlacter Law today for a consultation.