Trips with Disney Cruise should be a magical trip for everyone, whether you go as a family or with friends or significant others. However, any cruise carries the risk of accidents and problems on board that could lead to serious injuries and illness that could ruin your vacation – and possibly affect you for the rest of your life.
If you were injured in a Disney cruise or a loved one suffered serious injuries on a cruise operated by Disney, contact Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. today. Our Disney Cruise ship injury and accident attorneys represent injured victims and work to file lawsuits on their behalf to get them compensation for the medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering they faced. For a free legal consultation on your case, call our lawyers today at (866) 386-1762.
Damages for Cruise Ship Injuries from Disney Cruises
The damages that you suffer because of cruise ship injuries will vary based on the specifics of how the injury affected you. In many cases, the harms you face will be limited to illness or temporary injuries, but this may still mean incurring medical expenses and missing time at work because of the injuries. In cases of more severe injury, you could face permanent injuries or disabilities that affect you into the future, causing substantial missed work and ongoing medical care. In any case, you will likely face pain and suffering you can also seek compensation for.
The damages for medical expenses will depend on the care you received because of the injury. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you should be compensated in full for any medical bills stemming from that accident. This should include coverage for treatment aboard the ship, medivac to shore, treatment at a hospital, and ongoing care once you get back home, such as rehabilitation and physical therapy.
If your injury caused you to miss work, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages. If your recovery took longer than your planned vacation, you may miss work during your recovery. This should entitle you to compensation for the wages missed during that period. If the injury causes ongoing missed work, causes you to take a lower-paying job, or requires you to stop working because of permanent disabilities, you may be entitled to ongoing damages for lost earning capacity. This is common in accidents involving traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries.
Any time you are injured or made sick by negligent conditions or avoidable dangers, you may be entitled to damages for pain and suffering. This can pay for the mental and physical effects of the injury as well as other intangible effects.
Suing a Disney Cruise Line for Injuries
Disney Cruise Line is operated out of Celebration, Florida and operates cruises in Alaska, the Caribbean, and more. Even though these cruises often operate in international waters, the laws that govern these ships and the accidents that happen on board are usually American maritime law. Maritime and admiralty law is the field of law dealing with ships and shipping, and our attorneys handle maritime injury and cruise ship injury cases on behalf of clients injured in these kinds of accidents.
When you sue for injuries on a cruise, you must prove that the cruise line and the ship’s staff or crew are responsible for the injuries you suffered. Typically, this is done by showing “negligence,” that is, by showing that the crew did not use the proper care or skill to keep you safe. The following are all common types of injuries and how the cruise line’s negligence can cause make them responsible:
- Kitchens and restaurants on the ship could be responsible for allowing food to be tainted leading to food poisoning or norovirus.
- Security staff could be responsible for failing to stop or prevent crimes like assault and sexual assault, either committed by other passengers or by other employees.
- Maintenance and custodial staff could be responsible for failing to clean up spills, debris, or tripping hazards on walkways or stairs that cause you to slip and fall or trip and fall.
- Lifeguards and safety crew could be responsible for failing to prevent drowning or injuries in a pool – or failing to respond promptly to emergencies.
- Medical staff in the ship’s infirmary could be responsible for failing to diagnose a serious illness that needs emergency medical evacuation.
- The cruise line could be responsible for taking a tour or shore excursion out in bad weather, leading to injuries or accidents with smaller boats or planes.
Other injuries sustained aboard a cruise ship could also be the cruise company’s fault. In addition, if you were injured and received negligent care, suffered worsened injuries because of delayed medical transportation, or did not receive first aid and emergency care on the ship, you might be entitled to sue the ship and cruise line for failing to help you.
Talk to a lawyer about how to prove what your injuries were worth and get the compensation you need. Your lawyer can advise you on how to file your injury lawsuit and where to file your case as well as what your damages should be worth and whether a settlement offer is too low to cover your needs.
Call Our Disney Cruise Injury Attorneys for a Free Legal Consultation
If you were injured on a Disney Cruise, call Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind to set up a free legal consultation. Our Disney Cruise injury lawyers are available to schedule a free consultation where you can learn more about suing Disney Cruise Lines for injuries and getting the compensation you and your family need after a serious cruise accident. For your free consultation, call us today at (866) 386-1762.