Who is at Fault for Cruise Ship Injuries?
Accidents on cruise ships can produce a wide range of severe injuries. Victims can incur a great deal of physical pain, financial hardship, and emotional distress because of the harm they suffered.
In most cases, cruise ship companies may be held liable for injuries sustained by their passengers. Even if your accident occurred because of one staff member’s negligence, the cruise ship company can still be held liable for failing to provide proper training and oversight for their employees. A cruise ship accident and injury lawyer can help determine the appropriate path to compensation.
If you suffered a cruise ship injury, get help seeking the payment you deserve. Reach out to our experienced cruise ship accident and injury lawyers by calling Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. at (305) 204-5369 to review your case for free.
Who to Sue After an Injury on a Cruise Ship
There are many different types of accidents that can lead to injuries on cruise ships. In some cases, assigning fault can appear to be a complex task. However, cruise ship companies are typically liable for injuries passengers sustain because of accidents on their vessels. That is because cruise ship companies can usually be held at fault for injuries that occur because of their employees’ negligent behavior.
There are several ways cruise ship employees may breach their duty of care. For instance, an employee may be held liable for an accident that occurs because they did not perform proper maintenance on the ship. Further, a cruise ship employee may be considered at fault for an accident that occurred because they did not implement adequate safety measures to protect passengers. In either case, our experienced Miami cruise ship accident and injury lawyers could help victims pursue a claim against the cruise ship company.
When to Sue an at-Fault Party for an Injury on a Cruise Ship
Cruise ship accidents can come in several different forms. The process for pursuing financial compensation can vary. However, in order for a cruise ship injury lawsuit to succeed, the following four elements must be established:
- The defendant was under a duty of care
- The defendant did not adhere to their duty of care
- You were injured because of the defendant’s breach of duty
- You suffered damages as a result of the injuries you incurred
During your free case review, our attorneys can determine whether these elements are present in your case. Accordingly, you will know if you can file a lawsuit against the party who caused your cruise ship injury.
Suing Cruise Companies for Injuries that Occur on Cruise Ships
When bringing a lawsuit against a cruise line, the assistance of our cruise ship accident and injury lawyers can be very helpful. Cruise ship companies are usually represented by teams of defense lawyers, doctors, and private investigators who will work to refute key aspects of plaintiffs’ claims. Furthermore, cruise lines often try to settle cases as quickly and cheaply as possible. Defense lawyers will employ various strategies when trying to get plaintiffs to settle their cases for less than they are worth.
Our attorneys have years of experience representing victims of cruise ship accidents. Our team can help negotiate with cruise lines and gather the evidence required to support your claim. Specifically, we will help clients file cases against the following cruise lines and more:
- Royal Caribbean International
- Carnival Cruise Line
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Disney Cruise Lines
- Princess Cruises
- Costa Cruises
No matter what cruise line you were injured by, you can contact our attorneys for help recovering the monetary damages you deserve. Our cruise ship accident and injury lawyers can help determine what your case is truly worth, so you can properly evaluate any settlement offers. If you are not presented with an adequate settlement offer, our attorneys can help recover additional compensation at trial.
Proving Who is at Fault for Cruise Ship Injuries
In order for your cruise ship injury lawsuit to prevail, you must demonstrate that you were injured because of the defendant’s negligent conduct. There are many types of evidence that can be used to accomplish this task. Our experienced cruise ship accident and injury lawyers can help recover any of the following forms of evidence in your case:
Witness testimony can be highly valuable when proving who is at fault for your cruise ship injury. Eyewitnesses can help your case by providing oral or written statements that attest to the cause of your accident. Accordingly, you should always attempt to obtain contact information for witnesses to your accident if possible. Afterwards, you can contact our attorneys for help reaching out to witnesses for their cooperation.
Photos from the Scene
Photos from the scene of a cruise ship accident are another type of evidence that can be utilized when proving fault. For example, photos of a wet floor or dimly lit light fixture can be used to demonstrate conditions that contributed to a slip and fall accident.
You should always attempt to take photos at the scene of your accident. Our cruise ship accident and injury lawyers can review the pertinence of any photos from the scene of your accident during a free review of your case.
Security Camera Footage
Additionally, in some cases, security camera footage can be recovered that points to the cause of an accident. Like witness testimony, security camera footage can be used to show the events that happened before, during, and after an incident. However, recovering relevant security camera footage can be difficult. The assistance of our attorneys can be helpful when seeking copies of relevant security camera footage in your case.
Expert Witness Testimony
Expert witness testimony may also be used to prove that a defendant is at fault for a cruise ship injury. These types of witnesses are considered experts because they have training, education, and experience in their respective fields of expertise. Expert witnesses can be summoned to explain complex theories of fault rather than testifying about what happened in your case. For example, a medical expert may be called to explain how the facts of your case show that the treatment you received at a cruise ship’s infirmary should be considered medical negligence. Our cruise ship accident and injury lawyers can call on the appropriate experts to support your case.
If You Were Injured on a Cruise Ship, Our Attorneys Can Help
If you suffered a cruise ship injury, seek guidance and support from our experienced cruise ship accident and injury lawyers by calling Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A. at (305) 204-5369 to review your case for free.