While most people do not anticipate suffering catastrophic injuries, they are not as rare as you might think. Federal data reveals that traumatic brain injuries cause 52,000 fatalities and 275,000 injuries per year while another 12,000 people suffer non-fatal spinal cord injuries annually. This does not even include other forms of catastrophic injury, such as extensive burn injuries, amputation or limbs, internal organ damage, and loss of life. Although these types of permanently debilitating injuries often are associated with motor vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, and motorcycles, passengers on cruises also can suffer this type of devastating injury.
Cruise ship accidents, such as falls caused by poorly maintained walkways, recreational or sports accidents, and violent assaults, can all lead to catastrophic injuries. When cruise lines fail to take reasonable care to protect passengers from suffering permanent debilitating injuries, passengers can suffer both physical and mental disability along with deep emotional scars. These types of injuries often entail massive medical expenses, partial or total long-term disability, pain and suffering, lifetime supportive care, and other damages.
Whether an accident causing these types of devastating injuries occurs while the ship is at sea or during a shore excursion, the extent of damages can have a dramatic impact on a passenger's quality of life. Because access to law enforcement personnel and diagnostic medical tools are limited during a cruise, the process of gathering and preserving evidence presents special challenges.
Even if you suffer what might seem like a minor injury during a cruise, it is important to seek the ship's doctor because certain injuries like a traumatic brain injury or damage to the spinal cord might not be immediately apparent. While the cruise ship might have security personnel, the lack of law enforcement authorities with forensic experience can jeopardize your future legal claim. It is important to indicate that you want the scene secured to permit a forensic investigation at the next port.
Preservation of evidence issues, complex choice of law and/or jurisdiction challenges, and self-serving passenger ticket contract language make your choice of Florida Maritime Accident Lawyer important. Many people select an attorney simply by running a search on the Internet or checking the phone book, but a more thorough screening process can improve the probability of a favorable outcome. If you are evaluating candidates to handle your catastrophic injury claim stemming from a cruise ship accident, you should consider the attorney's relevant experience handling catastrophic injury and/or wrongful death cases and maritime-related accidents or attacks.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Seeking Financial Compensation for Passengers Injured on Cruises
If your vacation getaway on a cruise line was marred by an accident or criminal act that caused serious injury, our Florida Maritime Injury Lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano provide tenacious advocacy for injury victims. For over 130 collective years, our firm has assisted accident victims in personal injury and wrongful death actions across South Florida. We seek to obtain compensation for your tangible and intangible damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our skill and dedication has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida's top firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.