Cruise Ship Lawyer in Hollywood
Each year, thousands of people enjoy Florida as their starting point for a cruise. With a booming economy, Florida has become the country’s focal point for the cruising industry. Cruising has seen a 7% increase between 2017 and 2018, totaling almost 29 million passengers.  Port Miami alone saw almost 56,000 passengers in one day in 2018, marking an increase in cruisers to the region. 
While the number of cruises increases each year, so too does the number of accidents. From slip and falls to drownings and illnesses, more and more vacations are ruined by an injury. The costs for these injuries increase year over year as well. Hospital bills, long-term care, and pain and suffering are just a few of the repercussions of a cruise ship injury. And when these accidents were caused by someone else’s negligence, the responsible party should help cover these costs.
This is how a Hollywood cruise ship accident lawyer can help. We understand that any accident can be detrimental and that an injury aboard a ship comes with its own share of issues. From jurisdiction to maritime law, Schlacter Law has the experience necessary to help ensure that you’re in the best hands to resolve any issues and get you the compensation you need. Call us today for a consultation.
Common Cruise Ship Accidents
As ships get larger and larger, there are more and more opportunities for accidents to occur. While many accidents that occur on land could just as easily occur at sea, there are some conditions unique to ships that may cause their own unique injuries. Some of the most common cruise accidents include:
- Overboard incidents
- Broken elevators, stairways, and escalators
- Food poisoning
- Viral infections
- Pool accidents
- Slip and falls
One unique trait of cruising is the fact that a ship spends most of its time at sea. When a passenger falls overboard the chances of being recovered are slim. And there are numerous situations that can lead to someone falling overboard, including slipping on a deck or falling over a railing. Often a passenger who falls overboard isn’t discovered missing until it’s too late, and large vessels are difficult to stop and turn, making it next to impossible to assist in recovering someone who fell overboard.
Because today’s ships are so immense with numerous different levels, most of a ship must be reached by using stairs, escalators, and elevators. The constant use of these machines require regular upkeep and maintenance, and a failure to ensure that the equipment is working properly can lead to an accident. From broken railings to malfunctioning elevator doors, any failure to operate as designed can lead to an injury.
Feeding an entire vessel’s crew and passengers requires a large amount of food. Similar to any restaurant on land, it is essential that all food is handled properly, kept at a safe temperature, and stored securely. Any failure to protect passengers and crew from foodborne illnesses can easily sicken numerous people onboard. And with so many meals served buffet style, it’s all too easy for an infected passenger to easily spread an illness onto the food of other unsuspecting passengers.
Viral infections have also become more common on cruise ships. From coronavirus to norovirus, airborne diseases are easily transmitted between passengers who are forced into small hallways and close quarters. Even with open-air decks and large spaces, there is a limited amount of space to limit interactions between passengers, making it all too easy to spread any airborne diseases.
Most cruise ships have multiple pools for passengers to enjoy, and most of these pools rarely enjoy the benefit of a lifeguard. With so many people using a limited number of pools, it’s all too easy for someone to find themselves in water that’s too deep and with no one keeping an eye out to rescue swimmers in distress. It took over a dozen pool drownings aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines before they were forced to add lifeguards to their fleet. 
Cruise vessels can create dangerous situations when a fire breaks out. Fires are more common than one might think. And while today’s ships are better prepared to handle a fire, with well-trained crews and better fire-retardant materials, there is little a ship can do to ensure that passengers don’t succumb to smoke inhalation.
One of the most common causes of injuries on ships are slip and falls. With most ships at the mercy of the weather, large portions of outdoor decks can easily get wet from rain, fog, and large waves. Even pool decks can create slippery conditions, making it all too easy for a passenger to slip and fall. And with deck railings and other sharp objects, a fall can create a serious injury.
With so many different causes of accidents aboard a ship, it’s all too easy for a passenger to become an injury victim. Often, these injuries could have been avoided if the crew had cleared a hazard or warned passengers of a danger. Failing to do so could make them responsible for an injury. To help get you compensation following an accident, be sure to contact a cruise ship injury lawyer today so we can help assess the circumstances that led to your injury.
Maritime Law and Jurisdiction
Jurisdiction is an important concept related to cruise ship injuries. When a passenger is seeking to recover compensation following an injury, it is important to establish which court and which laws would apply when a lawsuit is filed. However, determining jurisdiction is not always as easy as it first appears.
When an accident happens on land, jurisdiction is typically determined by where the accident happened. For cruise accidents, if a slip and fall happened at the passenger terminal, for example, and the terminal was in Hollywood, the laws and courts in Hollywood would have jurisdiction. This becomes more complicated when an injury occurs out at sea.
Often, ships are bound by maritime law to settle disputes at sea. Maritime law is a set of laws that date back hundreds of years and are often quite antiquated and hard to apply to today’s modern ships. In some cases, even if the ship’s port of call was in Florida, Maritime law would move jurisdiction somewhere else or to federal court instead of state court.
Additionally, some passenger tickets dictate jurisdiction in the event that there is a dispute. For example, even if the cruise ship was based in Florida, the company’s corporate headquarters might be based in another state, or even another country, forcing a passenger to file a claim far from where the accident occurred.
Determining issues of jurisdiction and maritime law require the experience and know-how of a Hollywood cruise ship injury lawyer who understands the complexity of these types of cases. Having recovered millions of dollars for our clients, Schlacter Law has the experience necessary to help our clients recover as much compensation as possible. Call us today for a consultation.
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 can I afford a lawyer?
When an accident occurs on a vessel and a personal injury lawsuit needs to be filed on your behalf, a negligence attorney is typically paid through a contingency fee. This payment arrangement allows an attorney to initiate a claim on your behalf without you having to pay them any money. Instead, a Hollywood lawyer would receive a percentage of any money they recover on your behalf, typically ranging between 33.33% and 40%.
How much money can I expect to recover?
The amount of money recoverable in a case depends on many factors, including the severity of the injury and the costs associated with that injury. Compensation might include economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. However, determining the amount of money you might be able to recover would be determined on a case-by-case basis. Call our Hollywood cruise ship lawyers today so we can help evaluate a claim.