Cruise Ship Passenger Accidents & Claims
Our Miami cruise ship passenger accident attorneys at Rivkind and Margulies, P.A., have been representing passengers from around the world who have been the victim of an accident or injury while on board a cruise ship for over 30 years. Our lead attorney Brett Rivkind in fact started his legal career on the defense side, representing cruise lines. After five years defending cruise ship companies, Mr. Rivkind realized he wanted to fight on behalf of the plaintiff’s side, deciding to only represent those injured or harmed in admiralty and maritime cases. Having this experience has given our team of lawyers at Rivkind and Margulies, P.A., insight and advantage as to how the cruise ship company approaches these cases.
The cruise ship industry has increased dramatically over the 30 years we have been handling cruise ship accidents and sexual assaults on board cruises. Despite the fact that over 23 million people were expected to cruise in 2016, the cruise industry still remains highly unregulated resulting in much cruise ship passenger accidents and claims.
Cruise lines have a duty to make their premises safe for everyone on board their ship. Thus, when a cruise ship passenger passenger is harmed, suffering some sort of accident or injury based on the negligence of the cruise ship company, the cruise lines can be held responsible. We have been successful for over 30 years holding cruise lines, which have included Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Celebrity, Holland America, Disney and Princess (to name a few), responsible for their actions, winning millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for the injury or harm caused
Having practiced exclusive maritime law since 1983, Brett Rivkind has not only seen it all, but has also successfully represented it all. Some common types of accidents and claims we have helped cruise ship passengers receive the compensation they deserve include, but are not limited to:
- Man overboard incidents
- Cruise ship drownings
- Injuries occurring during shore excursions
- Victims of sexual assault and rape
- Deaths at Sea
- Injuries occurring during shipboard supervised activities
- Waterpark accidents which include accidents on slides and FlowRiders
- Slip-and fall accidents
- Injuries that happen on gangways
- Medical malpractice by the onboard cruise ship doctor
- Emergency medical evacuations at sea.
- Cruise ship crimes including criminal assaults
- Fires on board cruise ships
In order to sue a cruise ship, there are a variety of things a cruise passenger who has been injured or harmed on a cruise ship should be aware of.IMPORTANCE OF MARITIME EXPERIENCE
Asserting a claim against a cruise line is very specialized and a lawyer who has experience in maritime law is needed, as there are very special laws dealing with passenger lawsuits against cruises. We have vast experience with maritime law as both partners at Rivkind and Margulies, P.A., combine over 60 years of experience.MOST LAWSUITS HAVE TO BE FILED IN MIAMI
Additionally, because the majority of cruise ships are based in Miami Florida, most passenger lawsuits against the cruise ship companies must be placed in Miami. Our maritime law firm is located in the heart of Miami, Florida.MOST CLAIMS AGAINST CRUISE SHIPS FILED IN FEDERAL COURT
As stated on the passenger ticket, a claim against a cruise company will most likely have to be filed in federal court . Our law firm is conveniently located right by the federal court house in Miami Florida, ensuring all steps are taken to successfully file suit on your behalf.STRICT TIMELINE FOR PASSENGER CLAIMS
It is also important to be aware of the timeline of passenger claims. Passengers have around six months to give notice to the cruise ship company of their claim and are required to file suit within a year of their accident. Because time is of the essence, it is important to contact an experienced cruise ship lawyer located in Miami. Our AV Rated admiralty and maritime law firm is very experienced in these kind of claims.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding an injury or accident of you or a loved one on a cruise, call us today at (877) 348-1333 or contact us online for a free consultation.Related Pages: