When you departed from Los Angeles on a cruise of the Pacific, getting injured was probably the last thing on your mind.
After all, how could a vacation that’s all about relaxing result in injury? You were more likely thinking about lounging in the sun, checking out the on-board entertainment, enjoying gourmet food, and maybe even going on a shore excursion.
Unfortunately, people get hurt on cruise ships all the time, and because the ships are not always close to shore or a passenger’s home country, the best medical attention isn’t always available.
If you or someone you care about recently learned the hard way that cruise lines are not always as safe as they’re made out to be, contact the Law Office of Andrew Winston. We can help you determine if your injury was a result of the cruise line’s negligence. If it turns out the cruise line, a crew member, or another party was to blame, we’ll work with you to file a lawsuit in an effort to get the monetary compensation you need for costs associated with your injury.
There’s no shortage of attorneys who claim they can handle your cruise ship accident case in Los Angeles. In fact, a quick Google search for “cruise ship accident lawyer Los Angeles” yields hundreds of thousands of results. While that means you have a lot of options, it also means you need to do some research to determine who is actually the most qualified to handle your claim.
However, many cruise lines, despite the fact they sail from ports around the United States and the world, have contractual “venue” provisions in their tickets that require you file suit, if at all, in Federal Court located in Miami-Dade, Florida. That is why you need a South Florida cruise accident firm like The Law Office of Andrew Winston.
We hope that you’ll choose The Law Office of Andrew Winston based on our extensive experience handling cruise ship accident cases just like yours. We have practiced maritime law for over 70 years collectively between our partners, and we have helped injured crew members and passengers just like you recover the monetary damages they need after a cruise ship accident.
There are a lot of different types of injuries you can experience on a cruise, and whatever harm you suffered, we encourage you to reach out to us. Our maritime attorneys have experience handling cases involving a wide variety of injuries, including:
Slip and falls. Wet decks, spilled beverages, tripping hazards in high-traffic areas, and even narrow cruise ship staircases can all create an environment in which passengers and crew members are at risk for slipping and suffering a serious injury.
Drowning. While there have been several recent cases of people drowning after falling over a cruise ship railing, cruise ship swimming pools actually pose a much greater drowning risk. Because pools can become very crowded and most cruise lines do not employ lifeguards, young children are especially at risk.
Shore excursion accidents. Even if your injury occurred while you were on shore, the cruise line may still be responsible. If you were injured on a shore excursion because the excursion organizers failed to maintain equipment, go over safety instructions, follow activity regulations, or take inclement weather into account, contact Lawlor Winston.
Gangway accidents. Although it’s somewhat rare, there have been several recent cases where passengers have been injured after an improperly secured gangway collapsed.
Medical negligence. Cruise lines may claim they only work with the best medical staff, but the fact is a cruise ship infirmary just doesn’t have the same resources or doctors with the same breadth of knowledge as most hospitals. As a result, cruise ship doctors sometimes misdiagnose a patient or overlook a serious problem, leading to medical complications.
Norovirus. You’ve probably heard of this illness because major norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships have been making headlines. Most people recover from this unpleasant virus in 3 to 4 days, but some people, especially older adults, are at risk for suffering more serious and long-lasting symptoms that may require them to be hospitalized.
Negligent cruise ship security. If you are assaulted on a cruise ship, then the attacker is responsible and should be punished to the full extent of the law. However, you may also need to hold the cruise line responsible if the attack occurred because of their negligence, such as their failure to screen an employee with a criminal record.
If the legal team at The Law Office of Andrew Winston believes it’s in your best interest to settle your cruise line accident case out of court, we will, but we’re also fully prepared to go to trial if that’s what it takes to recover the full compensation you need. We consider ourselves trial lawyers first and foremost, and we have experience going up against large cruise lines like:
We know it might be daunting to go up against a large cruise line, especially knowing they have handled lawsuits before and have the money to retain top defense lawyers. However, with Lawlor, Winston, White & Murphey on your side, you don’t need to be intimidated. We’ll help you take the cruise line to task for the harm they’ve caused, and in addition to recovering compensation, you’ll hopefully make the cruise line think twice about cutting corners and endangering passengers in the future.
When you’re injured in a cruise ship accident, it’s definitely not in your best interest to just “wait and see” what happens. There is a one year statute of limitations on cruise ship accident cases, and if you don’t step up and hold the cruise line accountable during that time, you can’t guarantee anyone else will.
To give yourself the best chance of recovering damages, contact the Law Office of Andrew Winston as soon as possible. Your initial consultation will be free, and if you decide to work with us, you won’t have to pay a cent unless and until you recover monetary compensation.