Cruise Ship Accident Settlements
Some people wait their entire lives to enjoy a vacation on the open waters. Whether it’s your maiden voyage or an annual treat, the last thing you expect is to walk away from a cruise with a devastating injury — or to not walk away at all.
Cruise ship accidents range from slips, trips, and falls to catastrophic marine disasters, and the result from incidents such as when the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Italy. Even if your injuries do not end up with their own page in history, one thing is clear: your life will forever be changed. Speaking with an injury attorney about whether you have a case for a cruise ship accident settlement can provide you the educational resources you need to protect your rights.
When you consider that risks on a ship are as common as daily entertainment activities, cruise ship accidents are more common than people think. In 2015, MarketWatch reported on research firm G.P. Wild’s astonishing findings:
In addition to these serious incidents, many passengers are injured in more common accidents, many of which require substantial medical attention and even life-long care.
You may not know right away how your injury will impact you in the immediate aftermath or even in the long term, but an experienced injury lawyer and qualified health care professional can help you fight to recover the cost of damages.
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The cruise ship industry is a multibillion-dollar industry, and the prospect of filing suit against such mammoth defendants might be intimidating to some, especially in cases where negligence may not seem as obvious to nonlegal eyes.
However, it is precisely because of the importance of holding corporate actors responsible for their negligence that passengers who have been injured should speak to an experienced cruise ship attorney. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the case helps injured passengers and their families understand their legal rights and options and then decide if legal action is a good fit for their case.
When you have been injured on a cruise ship, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible in order to determine if the cruise line may be at fault. If it is ─ even if you are partially legally liable ─ a cruise ship accident claim can help you seek recovery for the damages you suffered as a result:
Many health insurance policies will not cover health care costs associated with injuries sustained in another country or in international waters, even if the care is provided on the ship itself. Even if your medical treatment is covered, it may be at the higher out-of-network rate, which ends up costing you more out of pocket.
The very first step is to call an injury attorney who understands the legal complexities of these kinds of cases. Because of the specificity of the laws that surround these cases, it’s crucial to have a legal team who is equipped to provide the support you need without risking your case on a technicality. Once your attorney determines you have a valid claim, they will work with you to build and fight for your recovery.
Establishing negligence can require substantial digging into the events that led up to the injury or accident. Experienced attorneys know which indicators might show that the injury was preventable if not for the cruise line’s negligence, such as passengers who are overserved alcoholic drinks or a ship galley (kitchen) with a history of unsafe food handling.
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FVF’s experienced personal injury attorneys represent clients who are seeking recovery to help them navigate their new reality after being injured. Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit settlements vary vastly depending on the circumstances of the case, but there are several types of damages you may be able to recover.
FVF’s case consultations are always driven by the goal of educating you about your options at no cost to you. We accept cases only when we believe we can add substantial value to your claim, and we work on a contingency fee basis, so you always know what to expect. Contact FVF today to schedule your free consultation.
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