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How to File a Lawsuit for a Cruise Ship Injury

Getting hurt while aboard a cruise ship is the last thing you expect to happen, but if it does happen, it’s helpful to know how to recover the compensation you need in order to get back to normal.

Read on to learn how to file a lawsuit for an injury you sustained aboard a cruise ship.

Reasons to Sue

You may assume that you need to be aboard a sinking cruise ship in order to recover damages for an injury sustained on a cruise. That is absolutely not the case.

You may be entitled to compensation for injuries you experience aboard a cruise ship if you are hurt as a result of any of the following:

  • Poor supervision that leads to crime
  • Failure to provide sufficient medical treatment
  • Slip and fall incidents
  • Other premises liability issues

Filing a Lawsuit

Regardless of the incident that caused your injuries, the process of filing a lawsuit is similar.

What to Do

Feel free to contact an experienced cruise ship accident attorney at any time. In fact, it’s in your best interest to do so. Several of the initial steps to filing a lawsuit include the following:

  • Drafting the appropriate documentation
  • Researching information about the defendant
  • Filing documents with the court and the defendant

In addition to the aforementioned steps, the following will also need to be done in order to continue the process of filing a lawsuit:

  • File documents and briefs with the court
  • Counter the defendant’s responses
  • Exchange documents and evidence
  • Perform and take depositions

Once all of the above elements have been completed, the court will go to trial and resolve based upon the jury’s verdict.

Four Factors to Prove

The court will look for four particular factors in order to prove that the cruise ship is responsible for your injuries. No matter what type of accident you’re involved in, the following four factors tend to ring true:

  • You need to be able to prove that the cruise ship owed you a duty. The duty can come from their role as the vessel’s property owner, the entity responsible for security, or the employer.
  • You need to be able to show that the cruise liner breached the duty they owed to you in some way. Typically, this is proven by showing that the cruise ship failed to utilize the proper care and skill or by failing to execute sufficient security or medical treatment.
  • You need to prove that the cruise ship’s breach in duty prompted your injuries. It’s possible for injuries that could’ve happened even without the cruise ship’s negligence may not substantiate damages.
  • Finally, you need to show that you experienced damages that may be compensated by the court. This includes the following:
    • Medical costs
    • Lost wages
    • Pain and suffering
    • Other harms you endured

If you’re able to prove all the aforementioned four elements, you have a very good chance of winning your case against the cruise ship.

Sometimes, the first two elements of duty and breach are supplemented by legislation that determines the sorts of services that the cruise liner must provide. For example, if you’re hurt due to a fire that erupted on the ship and there were no fire extinguishers onboard based on relevant laws, it may be easier to prove your case.

We’re Here to Help

If you’ve been injured onboard a cruise ship due to someone else’s negligence, you may have grounds to receive compensation. Our attorneys here at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano are highly skilled in matters of this nature and have helped hundreds of other people just like you obtain justice. Let us see if we can help obtain justice for you, too. Don’t allow others to get away with their negligent actions. You may not be the only person impacted by them. Don’t wait—contact our office with any questions you may have right away.

Call Greenberg, Stone & Urbano today at (305) 692-0055 to speak with a Miami attorney about your cruise ship injury case.

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