Miami Maritime Attorney
Have You Suffered a Cruise Ship Injury? Miami Maritime Lawyer Robert Gross has helped many Cruise Liner Passengers Receive Compensation for Injuries that Happen On or Off Ships
When you think about stepping aboard a cruise ship, your mind probably goes to balmy breezes, exciting adventure in ports of call, entertainment and relaxation. For a surprising number of cruise passengers, though, the dream can become a nightmare.
People are injured on cruise ships every day. A simple slip on a wet deck can leave you wrought with pain. Or perhaps a tender transporting you from your ship to a port of call has a collision or equipment malfunction. Worse yet, you're assaulted physically – or perhaps even sexually – by another passenger or crewmember. What is there to do?
The fact of the matter is that these sorts of cruise ship injuries and many more can be difficult to prosecute. Often crew members are foreign nationals, and the cruise ships themselves may fly under another country's flag. The tickets you purchased to secure your passage on the ship may contain provisions or exclusions meant to prevent you from seeking justice for the wrongs you've endured.
Maritime and admiralty lawyer Robert Gross is well-versed in the laws and procedures that regulate the cruise ship industry. His law offices are located in Miami, where he has practiced for more than three decades. That's not an insignificant fact. Miami is the U.S. city where most of the major cruise lines operate, even if they're registered in another country. That means even though you're from out of state, the legal proceedings surrounding your claims may be required to be processed in the Miami court jurisdiction.
Miami personal injury attorney Robert Gross is also knowledgeable of the regulations imposed on the cruise ships by their countries of origin. In some instances, the laws of those countries may be more favorable to the injured party than the U.S. laws and damages can be sought through those channels. In others, an accident and the ensuing litigation may be regulated by the State of Florida, the United States, the country of registration, international treaties and the laws of other foreign governments, should the injury occur while the ship in at a port of call.
What To Do If You're Injured on a Cruise Ship
Keeping your wits about you when you've been injured on a cruise ship is vital, both for your own well-being and for the success of any action you may decide to take that could require legal recourse. If you've been injured:
- Seek help. Notify or ask a bystander to find a crew member to help you.
- Visit the ship's medical facility.
- Report an assault to the cruise ship's security officer
- Keep a record of the full name, phone number and address of anyone who witnessed your accident.
- Photograph cuts, bruises or other physical injuries
- Photograph anything that may have caused your accident, such as a wet floor or loose rail.
When you're back on land, contact a qualified lawyer. You need someone well-versed in all of these legal channels and the specific regulations of the cruise industry, as well as someone with a proven track record. You also don't want to delay action. Many cruise passenger tickets limit the amount of time in which legal action can be taken – sometimes it's as little as a year.
If you've been injured while cruising, contact Miami maritime attorney Robert Gross for a free consultation. All cruise passenger personal injury cases are handled on contingency basis and are strictly confidential. You pay nothing – no court cost, no lawyer fees – unless Robert Gross wins a monetary award for you. Call 305-670-9009 today.