Do I Need a Lawyer If I Was Injured on a Cruise Ship?
Cruises are intended to provide the ideal relaxing and enjoyable vacation. Tens of thousands of individuals flock to cruise ships annually. While most people will have a fun and peaceful cruise experience, some passengers suffer serious injuries while out at sea. Our experienced Miami cruise ship injury attorneys often see cases where cruise ship accidents have resulted in considerable injuries or death. Following a cruise ship accident, injured victims may debate whether they need a lawyer. While this is an individual decision that will depend upon the circumstances of your accident, there are many benefits to obtain the assistance of a licensed attorney.
Cruise Ship Accidents Are Complex
Cruise ship accidents are governed by complex maritime laws and regulations. Maritime law is a unique field of law, one which even the average attorney cannot handle on their own. Cruise ship accidents require the assistance of an experienced lawyer team with licensing in this field of law and the knowledge necessary to strongly bring cruise ship accident claims.
Cruise lines will zealously defend against any claims brought against them. These powerful organizations retain only skilled attorney teams who will look for any loophole or possible defense to avoid paying injured accident victims the compensation they deserve.
The Miami cruise ship accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have over 130 collective years of experience in the cruise ship accident industry. Our firm will mount your strongest possible action against the cruise line that acted negligently to cause your injuries. We understand the confusion, stress and fear that cruise ship accident victims may feel following their injury. We team up with our injured clients to make them powerful against massive cruise lines so that they can receive the compensation they need to cover their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
How Can A Cruise Ship Accident Attorney Help Me?
Your cruise ship accident attorney will provide crucial assistance in bringing your accident claim. Filing a claim against the cruise line is not easy. The cruise line has a powerful legal department that has already placed you at a disadvantage. When you booked your cruise, you agreed to a set of terms that will govern your ability to bring an accident claim. The cruise line generally dictates where you must file your action, which is usually in Miami, and when you must notify the cruise line of your intent to file an action. There are specific timelines you must meet or you risk being barred from bringing the action permanently.
Injured cruise ship passengers are already struggling to handle doctor's visits, pain, and other issues related to their injuries. They may struggle to deal with legal issues on top of their injuries, and work or family life. When injured cruise ship accident victims are overwhelmed, they can miss out on their potential compensation. A cruise ship accident attorney can take over the burden of investigating and filing your action.
Among the key services your attorney will provide are:
- Investigating the facts surrounding your accident, including speaking with witnesses and obtaining video footage;
- Communicating with your health care team to create a complete picture of your injuries and medical expenses;
- Working with experts, like economists, to calculate the full financial impact of the accident;
- Negotiating with the cruise ship company and going to trial if necessary to achieve fair compensation.
Your attorney will also investigate the facts of your case to identify other potential defendants who should be included in the lawsuit, as well as other possible legal theories that your case should present — including negligence, premises liability and products liability.
Your Cruise Ship Accident Attorney Will Cost You Nothing Up Front
Many cruise ship accident victims will avoid retaining the assistance of a lawyer because they are afraid of the potential costs. Accident victims are already handling medical expenses and potentially losing time from work. Having to pay for an attorney on top of this can seem overwhelming. However, accident victims should be aware that their lawyer may cost them nothing upfront.
If a personal injury attorney accepts your case, he or she will usually work on a contingency fee basis. This means that the lawyer does not charge any attorneys' fees unless you recover compensation. If you receive nothing, then the lawyer receives nothing. If you win your case, then the attorneys' fees will be calculated as a percentage of the amount of your recovery. Thus, you do not risk losing any money by consulting a personal injury attorney. Many attorneys also offer a free consultation so that you can obtain an experienced evaluation of your potential action without paying out of pocket.
Learn More About Cruise Ship Accident Lawsuits
You can get more information about lawsuits after bodily injury or wrongful death on cruise ships by reading our FAQ section:
- Can I sue for a cruise injury?
- Can I sue if I get sick on a cruise?
- Who do I sue and who pays me after a cruise ship accident?
- How long do I have to file a cruise ship accident lawsuit?
- Do I need a lawyer if I was injured on a cruise ship?
You may also want to review summaries of past cruise ship accident cases handled by the Florida personal injury law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano.
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Greenberg, Stone & Urbano is an AV rated* Florida personal injury law firm with connections to a nationwide network of local law firms. This network allows us to offer dedicated legal representation to injury victims throughout the United States — no matter where the accident happened. Our attorneys have more than 130 years' combined experience handling personal injury and wrongful death claims. We have skillfully assisted in a number of complex cruise ship accident cases, guiding our injured clients to a full recovery.
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