Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys
Of the hundreds of thousands of people who go on a cruise each year, the vast majority have an enjoyable and relaxing time. Unfortunately when cruise ship accidents occur, they have a lasting impact on everyone involved. The Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A. has years of experience representing injured clients with individual attention from a Orlando personal injury attorney.
Common Cruise Ship Accidents
Keep in mind a cruise ship accident can occur off the ship itself, such as during a shore excursion. If you or a loved one are injured in a cruise ship accident, contact an experienced personal injury law firm such as the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A. Our team of attorneys have assisted many clients through this emotional time and helped them obtain a satisfactory settlement.
Norovirus & Other Illnesses
Unfortunately, norovirus outbreaks periodically occur on cruise ships. This isn't surprising since the virus is quite contagious and the close quarters of a cruise ship house thousands of passengers. It spreads by:
- Eating or drinking contaminated foods or liquids;
- Touching contaminated objects or surfaces; and/or
- Having contact with an infected person.
Norovirus and other viral illnesses generally begin to clear up within 48 hours to 72 hours.
Slips & Falls
The frequent number of slip-and-fall accidents, or trip-and-fall accidents, on a cruise ship have many causes. Water splashed from a pool or hot tub create slippery walkways. Passengers leave towels and personal belongings haphazardly around pools. Crew members are responsible for ensuring walkways are dry or have signage denoting potential dangers.
Cruise ships can be considered floating water parks. But the large volume of people using the pools, hot tubs, and other water features heighten the risk of drowning. After several high-profile drowning or near-drowning accidents on cruises in recent years, Disney, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean International have begun employing lifeguards.
Though cruise ships have medical centers, passengers may receive substandard medical care. Medical malpractice aboard a cruise ship includes:
- Delayed diagnosis;
- Denied medical treatment;
- Failure to diagnose; and/or
- Incorrect medical treatment.
Admiralty & Maritime Law
Two terms you’ll hear regarding cruise ship accidents are admiralty and maritime. These terms are used interchangeably as they both govern contracts, injuries, offenses, and torts that take place on navigable waters. Maritime law includes state and federal statutes, international treaties, and agreements sanctioned by the United Nations. The sheer complexity makes it all the more imperative to contact a personal injury lawyer in Orlando with the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A.
Filing A Personal Injury Claim
The fine print on the back of your ticket is, in reality, your contract with the cruise line. Under the contract and related provisions, the amount of time for filing a personal injury claim after a cruise accident is limited. Generally, you have six months after the accident to notify the cruise line of the claim, including all related details. This is why it’s important to immediately contact an experienced personal injury accident attorney with the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A. Our team of attorneys understand the time restraints and work diligently to
Personal Injury Lawyer In Orlando, FL
Going on a cruise should be an enjoyable experience but an injury or accident can quickly derail the experience. At The Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A., you’ll speak with a personal injury lawyer in Orlando who has years of experience handling cruise accidents. You can count on us to thoroughly prepare your case and if necessary, take on the cruise line at trial.