If you are injured on a cruise ship, there are certain steps you will need to take to ensure you receive the medical care you need and protect your legal rights. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we understand that cruise ship accident victims may be confused following the accident. They will likely be in pain and unsure of what procedures should be adhered to. The following is a look at some vital steps that should be followed in the event you are injured or take seriously ill on a cruise ship.
Seek Immediate Medical Help
Your first step is to seek help immediately following your injury or illness. The quicker you receive first aid and evaluation by the ship's doctor, the sooner you will receive the care you need to prevent further damage and pain. Prompt medical attention will also protect your potential case later on as it establishes the injury's direct link to the accident.
Document the Scene and Circumstances of Your Injury
Your next step is to record the circumstances and scene of your injury. Write down the contact information of anyone involved in the accident and witnesses to the accident, if it is possible for you to do so. Obtain names, phone numbers, and email addresses of anyone who witnessed the accident. Write down your own perceptions of the events leading up to and during the accident. It can be useful to describe your immediate pain or feelings following the accident.
Photograph (or take a video recording) the scene of the accident and your injuries. Visual images can be extremely helpful in allowing your attorney to evaluate the accident and may allow you to recall details of the incident.
File a Written Report of the Accident
You will need to file a written report of the accident with the cruise ship. This is an extremely important step as it provides official documentation of the accident. You should also obtain a copy of the report. This incident report will help your lawyer evaluate the case.
Contact a Cruise Ship Accident Attorney
You will need to contact a cruise ship accident attorney as soon as possible. If possible, you should contact a cruise ship accident attorney while you are still onboard the cruise ship. Your attorney may be able to provide you with further information as to steps you can take while aboard the cruise ship.
If it is not possible to contact an attorney while aboard the ship, make a visit to one as soon as you disembark. Be sure your attorney is specifically experienced in cruise ship accident law, which is a unique field of law. You will most likely need to contact a Florida attorney as most cruise booking agreements require that any lawsuits be filed in Florida.
Contact the Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Today!
If you have been injured or taken seriously ill while on a cruise ship, contact the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano. Our exceptional firm offers the assistance you need to obtain the results you desire. We have over 130 collective years of experience representing cruise ship accident victims across South Florida and will put our extensive experience to work for you. Contact our firm as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. Our firm received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and was ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.