Attorney for Spinal Injuries that Occur on a Cruise Ship
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Back and spine injuries are some of the most dangerous injuries you could receive. While a moderate spine injury like whiplash could leave you with long-term pain and discomfort, serious back injuries could leave you with intense pain or even paralysis. If you received a serious back or spine injury on a cruise ship, you might be entitled to sue the cruise line for the accident and the compensation you need.
For help with your case, call Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. Our attorneys for spinal injuries that occur on a cruise ship might be able to take your case and fight to get you compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free legal consultation, call our law offices today at (305) 204-5369.
Types of Spinal Injuries from Cruise Ships Accidents
Injuries to the back and the spine can come in many forms. The main ways to classify a spinal injury are by what part of the spine is injured and whether the injury is complete or incomplete.
The spine is divided into 5 regions: the cervical spine in the neck, the thoracic spine in your upper back, the lumbar spine in your lower back, the sacral spine near your hips, and the coccyx – your tailbone. Injuries to the spine usually affect everything below the point of injury. This means that injuries to the cervical spine can often cause paralysis and discomfort in your limbs and even respiratory and digestive problems. Injuries to the lumbar spine in your lower back can make it hard to walk, cause pain and tingling in your legs and feet, and cause reproductive and bowel control issues.
A spine injury is “complete” if it severs the spinal cord or damages it severely enough that it can no longer transmit signals. If the spinal cord is severed, the signal will be entirely cut off to the parts of your body below the point of injury. This usually means paralysis and lack of sensation. An incomplete injury is any other injury to the spinal cord that does not fully stop the connection. In many cases, herniated discs or severe misalignment of the individual vertebrae can cause incomplete injuries. Fractures and severe trauma can cause complete spinal injuries
Causes of Back and Spine Injuries on a Cruise Ship
Back and spine injuries can happen in many types of common accidents. Slip and fall injuries, falls from heights, and sudden shocks or jolts can all cause injuries to the back, neck, and spine. In some cases, these accidents will cause severe spinal cord injuries that lead to paralysis or ongoing pain and suffering.
If the deck is not properly cleared or cleaned, it could be slippery or have tripping hazards. The ship operators are often responsible for ensuring decks are clear and free of dangers or at least warning passengers of potential hazards. Other accidents involving falls or serious injuries could happen if railing or handrails are loose or defective, potentially even resulting in a fall overboard.
Other injuries can happen on shore excursions and during physical activities on the ship. Alternatively, boat accidents on scuba trips, bus crashes on tour excursions, rock climbing accidents, and even surfing accidents can all cause serious back and spine injuries. If the accident was caused by a crewmember’s negligence or mistakes on the part of the captain or the cruise line, you might be able to sue for your injuries.
Suing for Damages for Cruise Ship Spine Injuries
When you file a lawsuit against a cruise ship, you can usually seek compensation for injuries and expenses you faced because of their negligence. This ultimately means proving four elements to win your case:
- The cruise line owed you a duty. This duty is usually contained in state law, maritime law, or the contract in your passenger ticket. Typically, the duty is a duty to act “reasonably.”
- The cruise line breached that duty. Typically, this duty comes from a lack of care or skill.
- The breach of duty caused your injuries.
- The injuries include damages the court can order compensation for.
If the cruise line failed to repair a known danger or otherwise allowed an injury to happen through unreasonable mistakes, the court can usually use these to supply the duty and breach elements of the case. If the negligence immediately caused the accident, then any injuries you face could be compensated. This compensation is usually available for economic damages such as medical bills and lost wages. You can also usually get compensation for noneconomic harms such as the pain and suffering you faced.
When proving your case, your testimony will be a huge part of the evidence. Eyewitness testimony from passengers and crew who witnessed the accident can also be evidence, as can camera footage from security cameras or videos taken of the accident.
To get compensation, you will also need to prove the value of your damages. The medical bills you faced because of the injury, any financial statements showing lost wages or income, and other financial records can supply proof of the economic damages. Damages can also include the cost of ongoing care and future lost wages, which a financial expert can help prove. You can also claim damages based on your testimony about how the injury affected your life. These noneconomic damages can be quite high, especially for permanent injuries. You might also be able to claim punitive damages if the cruise line and its crew were especially negligent.
Call Our Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer for Help with Your Spinal Injury Case
Spinal injuries can lead to substantial medical care costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. For help seeking compensation for your injuries, call Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. today. Our cruise ship injury attorneys for spinal injuries that occur on a cruise ship can fight to get you and your family the compensation you need in a lawsuit against negligent cruise lines and cruise ship operators. For a free legal consultation on your case, call our attorneys today at (305) 204-5369.