Thirteen million Americans take cruises every year. Cruise lines are some of the most profitable businesses in the world. Yet, they are also one of the most unregulated and untaxed business in the world. But they can be held accountable in U.S. courts under the general maritime law for their negligent maintenance, which causes slip-and-falls; their medical malpractice onboard the ships; their negligent event planning for events on and off the ship; their negligence in choosing and monitoring shore excursions; and for their crew sexually assaulting the passengers.
At Hickey Law Firm, P.A. our experienced Miami cruise ship attorney John H. (Jack) Hickey has the experience and resources you need to fight for the compensation you deserve. If you or someone you love has been injured in a cruise ship accident, call us today at (800) 215-7117 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Common Types of Cruise Ship Accidents
Cruise lines have a responsibility to make their premises safe, without hazardous conditions that can cause serious injury to passengers. When a cruise ship accident occurs because of poor maintenance, incompetent staff, lack of security, poor sanitation, or insufficient emergency precautions, the cruise ship owners can be held legally responsible for negligence.
Some of the most common types of cruise ship accidents include:
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Negligent security
- Medical malpractice
- Cruise ship assault
- Cruise ship crewmember/seamen injury
- Cruise ship shore excursion injuries
- On-ship activities (including over-service of alcohol)
- Fire and catastrophic events onboard a cruise ship
If one of your loved ones has died in a cruise ship accident, we can help your family file a maritime wrongful death case for compensation.
Cruise Ship Injury Claims: Time is of the Essence
The cruise ship industry has restricted when and where you can file an injury claim. These restrictions appear in the fine print of your ticket. Cruise passengers have 180 days after an accident to provide notice to the cruise line of their claim, and of the full details. The cruise passenger is required to file suit within one year after the accident, but in the venue (location) indicated in the passenger ticket contract. For most of the major cruise lines, that place is the Federal Court in Miami, Florida.
Because of these limitations, it is essential to contact an experienced Miami cruise ship attorney as soon as possible after your accident, so you can take the necessary steps to protect your rights.
Experienced Miami Cruise Ship Lawyers
Cruise ship and maritime law is complex. The Florida Bar has established a board certification in this specific field. Attorney Jack Hickey is one of only a few lawyers in Florida who has been Board-Certified by The Florida Bar in admiralty and maritime law.
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With over 17 years of experience representing cruise lines, owners, and insurance companies, Attorney Hickey now makes his experience and insight work to serve injured victims in Florida and nationwide. Our mission at Hickey Law Firm is to provide you – the honest, seriously injured person – with the advice you need, the representation you want, and the compensation you deserve.
If you have suffered a major injury in a cruise ship accident, please contact Hickey Law Firm, P.A. today or call (800) 215-7117 to schedule a free case evaluation. We represent injured cruise ship victims in Florida, nationwide, and even worldwide in select cases.