Fort Lauderdale Cruise Ship Injury Claims Attorney
Taking a cruise is one of the most popular forms of vacation for people in the United States, but with cruise ships traveling to many different countries during a trip, the laws surrounding accidents and injuries while on a cruise ship can be complex and confusing. If you have been injured while on a cruise, you need an experienced cruise ship injury attorney to help you navigate the legal process and zealously advocate for the compensation you deserve. The Fort Lauderdale cruise ship injury attorneys at Boone & Davis have over thirty-five years of experience protecting their clients and holding cruise lines accountable for their negligence.
Cruise Ships are Liable for Negligence
Under United States maritime law, cruise ships and the companies that own them can be held liable for any negligence that leads to an accident and injury on the ship. Cruise ships have a duty to their passengers to keep the ship safe from any dangerous or hazardous conditions that might lead to an accident onboard. Accidents can happen due to a number of negligent acts or omissions, including poor maintenance, incompetent staff, lack of security, poor sanitation, and insufficient emergency precautions. If you are injured while on a cruise ship, you may be entitled to compensation for your claim.
Compensation for Cruise Ship Injuries
Compensation for injuries that happen on a cruise ship includes payment for economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages include the out of pocket costs associated with the accident, including current and future medical bills, lost wages, the loss of future income and benefits, and property damage. Noneconomic damages include payment for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and the loss of enjoyment of life. In the worse scenarios, where a victim dies from negligence on a cruise ship, the family of the victim is also entitled to additional compensation for wrongful death. This includes compensation for final medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and the loss of love, security, companionship, and consortium of your loved one.
The Clock is Ticking on Your Case
Accident victims are extremely limited in the amount of time they have to file a lawsuit against a cruise line for injuries incurred while on the ship. The cruise line must be given notice of the claim within 180 days of the accident, and victims only have one year to file a lawsuit for compensation. In addition, injury victims are usually limited by the terms of their cruise ticket as to where they can file the lawsuit for damages. Typically, they must file in a port city, such as Fort Lauderdale, even if they are not from area or even the state. You need an attorney that understands the intricacies of cruise ship injury cases and can help you through every step of the claim.
Contact Our Office Today
If you or a family member has been injured while on a cruise ship, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm caused by the cruise line. Call the office or contact us today at Boone & Davis in Fort Lauderdale to schedule a free consultation of your personal injury case.