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Can You File a Lawsuit Against Norwegian Cruises if You Were Injured on a Ship?

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Norwegian Cruise Line is one of the biggest cruise companies in the world.  Their ships give cruise tours in Alaska, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and other places across the globe.  Passengers on these cruises are owed a certain level of care and respect, and when the cruise ship staff and crew fail to provide this care, people can be seriously hurt.

If you or a loved one was injured on a Norwegian cruise, contact Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind today.  Our attorneys for Norwegian cruise ship accidents and injury lawsuits may be able to take the cruise company to court on your behalf and fight to get you compensation for the injuries you faced, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages.  For a free legal consultation on your case, call our law offices today at (866) 386-1762.

Suing for Negligence on a Norwegian Cruise Line Cruise

Most injury lawsuits are handled on the basis of “negligence.”  Rather than suing for intentional bad actions, most injury victims allege that the responsible parties had some responsibility to keep the victim safe.  This means alleging that they used improper skill or care to keep them safe, leading to injuries.
On a cruise ship, this often means holding the staff and crew responsible for mistakes that caused your injuries.  Some of the most common examples of negligence involve everyday mistakes and issues that just happen to occur on a cruise ship, such as the following:

  • Negligent kitchen staff could contaminate food and cause a food poisoning outbreak.
  • Negligent maintenance and upkeep could lead to broken hand railings or steps – or even slippery floors – that injure passengers.
  • Failing to provide lifeguards at swimming pools and water slides could result in drowning or other injuries on these rides.
  • Bartenders and servers who overserve patrons or fail to speak up could be responsible for a passenger who was taken advantage of while intoxicated.
  • Safety and security staff could be responsible for failing to intervene in disagreements or violent situations on board.
  • The crew responsible for excursions and off-ship entertainment could be responsible for failing to cancel trips because of inclement weather if the boat or other vehicle is caught in a storm.

Passengers are often injured by preventable accidents, but they could also be injured by other passengers or by crew and staff on the ship.  The cruise line may be liable for issues they should have prevented through repairs or maintenance, but they can also be responsible for issues of intentional violence caused by other passengers or crew.  For crew members, the cruise ship could be responsible for failing to train or screen their staff properly or for errors crew members committed while on duty. For other passengers, the cruise ship could be liable for negligent security aboard the ship.

Talk to a cruise ship accident lawyer about the specifics of your case.  Each case is different, and our attorneys will need to examine the specific facts of your case to help determine how the ship owners and operators were responsible and how to go about suing Norwegian Cruise Lines or another cruise company for your injuries.

Lawsuits for Injuries and Accidents on Cruise Ships

When you take a cruise line to court for injuries, the process ahead of you may be long and daunting.  Our experienced maritime injury attorneys have decades of experience handling maritime injury lawsuits against cruise companies and getting our clients the compensation they need for serious injuries.  We can explain the process to you and help you understand what you are in for and what compensation you might be able to get out of the lawsuit.

The actual process of filing a lawsuit against a cruise ship and the cruise line that operates it starts with filing your case in court.  In a maritime injury case like a cruise ship injury claim, the case is often filed in a maritime court where the ship’s home port is located.  Our lawyers can help you find out where this is and file the case appropriately.

Lawsuits usually start with basic allegations of the facts and an explanation of why the cruise line is responsible.  These are often challenged with legal arguments before the case moves to “discovery.” During this step, each side might hold depositions to question witnesses and collect evidence to build the case.  After this, the case may proceed to trial. At trial, your attorney will present your claim and call witnesses to prove your case to a jury.

To get compensation, you must prove that the at-fault party breached the duty they owed you and that that breach caused you damages the court can order compensation for.  Typically, compensation in a cruise ship injury case involves financial compensation for medical bills you suffered because of the accident, lost wages the injury cost you, and pain and suffering damages.

Proving some of these damages is simple enough through financial records like medical bills and pay stubs.  However, proving future lost wages and reduced earning capacity may require financial experts to calculate the damages and testify as to how much you are owed.  Proving pain and suffering damages is also complex because there are no financial records of these damages. Your attorney can help calculate these damages and provide the necessary experts to prove your damages to a jury.

Call Our Maritime Injury Attorneys for Injuries on a Norwegian Cruise

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries on a cruise operated by Norwegian Cruise Lines, our attorneys may be able to take your case to court and fight to get you compensation for your claims.  The attorneys for Norwegian Cruise Line injuries and accident lawsuits at Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. have decades of experience handling maritime injury cases that we can put to use in your case.  For a free legal consultation, call our law offices today at (866) 386-1762.

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