Norwegian Cruise Line gets $2.8M personal injury claim trimmed down to less than $10,000

Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 at 9:22 pm    

Bermuda-incorporated, Miami, Florida-based Norwegian Cruise Line on Tuesday, July 20 managed to trim down the $2.8 million personal injury claim that a Dawn-class cruise ship Norwegian Star passenger, Samira Jaber, lodged against it, to less than $10,000. They casting doubt on the medical testimony given by neuropsychologist Jorge Herrera, the medical expert who backed Jaber’s claims that the January 2013 accident in the cruise ship caused her to sustain persistent headaches, ringing in the ears, and memory loss.

After United States District Judge James Lawrence King in Miami reviewed the facts, he decided that Jaber’s CT scan, which was done at a hospital in Cozumel, Mexico during the cruise verified that she did not suffer from traumatic brain injury.

In addition, Jerry Hamilton, Norwegian Cruise Line’s legal counsel, was able to prove that Herrera only examined limited records that Jaber’s lawyers gave. Herrera also admitted that even Jaber told him that she said to her own doctor that she did not feel dizzy, nauseous, or had headaches, two weeks after the incident.

Cruise trips can be considered as an affordable travel option for individuals or families looking to unwind and have a good time away from their homes. However, the negative thing about taking a cruise trip is that passengers are put at risk of being exposed to injurious situations. Get in touch with our attorneys at Louis A. Vucci P.A. today by calling our offices at (786) 375-0344 if you need help with filing a lawsuit against individuals or other parties who are responsible for your cruise ship injury accident.


$170 Million renovations for luxury cruise line Silversea

Posted on Friday, August 5th, 2016 at 7:38 pm    

Silversea is preparing to give its fleet of eight luxury liners a complete facelift. For the price tag of $170 million, the company will update and refine passenger suites, refurbish lounge and recreational areas, and install faster Internet. Even the company’s smaller ships, which travel to more remote areas and have a capacity for a mere 120 passengers, will see upgrades to public areas onboard.

The luxury liner travels to locations all over the globe with top-of- the-line amenities and staff. Silversea’s cruise itineraries include trips through Europe, South America, the South Pacific, and even places as remote and exotic as the Galapagos Islands.

Silversea’s investment in its liners comes as one of its top rivals, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, one of the most popular inclusive luxury cruise companies, pours money into its ships and improving the on-board experience for passengers.


Louis A. Vucci named to 2016 edition of Top Attorneys of North America

Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 at 6:51 pm    

Louis A. Vucci has been included in the 2016 Who’s Who Directories list of Top Attorneys in North America.

The list comes from New York-based The Who’s Who Directories, a company that publishes the stories of noteworthy individuals who have attained worthwhile achievements in their fields.

Louis Vucci was a public defender from 1997 to 2002 and now works on cruise ship accident injury cases.

To learn more about the Top Attorneys in North America award that Louis A. Vucci P.A., has received, click here.


Celebrity Summit returns to dock to unload injured passenger

Posted on Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 3:28 pm    

Officials on board the Celebrity Sumnmit cruise ship decided to return to Bermuda on July 22 after a cruise ship passenger was injured.

Pilot boat St. David assisted the cruise ship with retrieving the injured man by rendezvousing with Celebrity Summit around 9:30 p.m. in the waters off the east end. The pilot boat docked at Ordnance Island, which is located within the limits of St. Georgestown, where an awaiting ambulance took the victim to King Edward Memorial Hospital for the treatment of his wounds. According to Bermuda news station Bernews, the man sustained facial injuries during a fall on board the cruise ship.

Although they attract millions of American tourists yearly, cruise ship trips can bring about unfortunate accidents, especially when the owners of the boat fail to properly maintain it. Cruise ships present unique injury risks, so Louis A. Vucci P.A. is here to help if you are injured on a ship due to another person’s negligence. Get in touch with our team by calling our offices today at (786) 375-0344.


Filipino man dies during Norwegian Breakaway’s routine safety drill

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016 at 5:15 pm    

A 41-year-old Filipino crewman on Bermuda-incorporated, Miami, Florida-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.’s Norwegian Breakaway lost his life after he fell overboard during a safety training drill while the ship was anchored at King’s Wharf in Dockyard in Hamilton, Bermuda on Wednesday, July 20. The victim was one of four crew members who were taken to the local hospital, a report from The Royal Gazette showed. The three other crew members sustained injuries of an undisclosed nature and were being medically treated.

According to a Bermuda Maritime Operations spokesman, the rope tethering of the lifeboat got loosened and it was left hanging from one wire, causing four crew members to fall into the water; one of the men who fell into the water broke his bones. The men were rescued by staff of the tour boat Aristocrat, who pulled the injured men ashore.

Acting Minister of Tourism, Development, and Transport of the One Bermuda Alliance Grant Gibbons said the government had already contacted Norwegian Cruise Line to talk about the matter.

The attorneys of Louis A. Vucci P.A. work exclusively with cruise ship accidents and have a unique understanding of how to help the victims of such incidents. Their thoughts go out to the victims and their loved ones.


Cruise ship accident caused by fuel leak

Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at 9:41 pm    

On Saturday, July 16, a cruise ship owned by the Iquito, Peru-based Aqua Expeditions exploded on the port of Iquitos, causing the death of seven crewmen and injuring 13 other individuals.

According to preliminary investigations, the tourist boat was being refueled near the banks of the River Itaya in the province of Loreto when the ship exploded, causing it to partially sink. The crewmen involved in the accident were doing maintenance cleanups at the time of the accident. Officials said a dive team from the Navy is conducting recovery efforts to obtain the bodies of five crewmen who were trapped under the vessel. Aqua Expeditions officials said that even though the explosion happened when the ship was refueling, they were refueling in a proper manner and following all safety guidelines while doing so.

Louis A. Vucci, P.A. sees the damage done by cruise ships due to negligence or pure accident. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of the victims in this accident.


Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas’ eight-year-old passenger nearly drowns in indoor swimming pool

Posted on Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 at 9:14 pm    

Miami, Florida-based Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s 4,905-passenger Anthem of the Seas, which was heading on a one-week itinerary to Bermuda and the Caribbean from Bayonne in Hudson County, New Jersey, recently had an eight-year-old passenger who fell into an indoor swimming pool and nearly drowned, reports from the United States Coast Guard showed.

The child reportedly received cardiopulmonary resuscitation while onboard the ship, which cut its trip short and returned to Bayonne, so the child could be medically attended to.

Similar incidents have happened before. A four-year-old boy almost drowned in a wave pool in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas in January 2015, resulting in a lawsuit against the company that forced it to station lifeguards beside the pools on the cruise ship.

At Miami-based America-British cruise company Carnival Corp. & plc, the parent company of brands that include Carnival, Holland America, Seabourn, Cunard, Costa, Fathom, and Princess, management requires children under 13 to swim with their parents.

Cruises provide a somewhat more affordable travel option for individuals and families. However, passengers may be exposed to the dangers of unique injury risks while onboard cruise ships. Our cruise ship injury lawyers at Louis A. Vucci P.A. provide legal representation for cruise ship injury victims. Call our offices today at (786) 375-0344.


Carnival Cruise ship goes back after girl gets seriously injured

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 5:27 pm    

A Carnival Cruise Line ship was forced to go return to its Galveston, Texas port on Monday, June 13 after a girl fell down a flight of stairs and incurred serious injury.

According to a news report posted on ABC13.com, a Carnival Cruise Line spokesman said medical respondents evaluated the girl at the ship’s medical center after the fall and came to the conclusion that she needed to be taken back to land for medical treatment. She was in stable condition as she was removed from the ship.

Our attorneys at Louis A. Vucci P.A. are committed to providing aggressive and dedicated legal representation to people who have been injured in cruise ship accidents. If you’ve been hurt on a cruise ship, contact us at (786) 375-0344 today.


Carnival wants to oust lawyer after Facebook comments

Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2016 at 5:04 pm    

Miami-based Carnival Corp. demanded the removal of Attorney David Singer from a personal injury lawsuit in the southern Florida district court. Carnival claims that Singer posted comments on Facebook to warn passengers of the “outrageously high temperatures” on the Carnival Sunshine ship, and that he published private information regarding a mediation session between his client and Carnival.

Carnival said that Singer’s “wildly improper” statements violate the federal court’s local rule on extrajudicial statements, and that the publishing private communications from the mediation directly violates a court order. A Carnival representative noted, “This court specifically ordered that ‘all discussions, representations, and statements made at the mediation conference shall be confidential and privileged’ and that ‘the court may impose sanctions against parties and/or counsel…who otherwise violate the terms of this order.”

An injury incurred on a cruise can be dangerous, especially if the injured person must wait for hours before a physician can attend to the issue. Louis A. Vucci P.A. can be counted on to handle cases of individuals injured on cruise ships. Call our offices at (786) 375-0344 to learn more.


Celebrity Infinity collides with dock in Ketchikan

Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2016 at 3:52 pm    

The Celebrity Infinity cruise ship, owned and operated by Miami, Florida-based Celebrity Cruises, collided with a pier in Ketchikan, Alaska on Friday, June 3. The incident is currently under investigation by the United States Coast Guard.

In a press release issued on Friday, the Coast Guard said Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan investigators responded to the scene after the cruise ship crashed into the #3 berth at the Ketchikan cruise ship dock. The Coast Guard in the Juneau command center was informed of the accident by Friday afternoon. At the moment, no injuries or extensive damage to property has been reported, according to the Coast Guard.

Cruises are among the most sought-after vacation options in the country, as they are a relatively inexpensive and convenient adventure. However, accidents still happen while travelers are on holiday. If you were injured during a cruise ship trip, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance from the attorneys at Louis A. Vucci P.A. by calling our offices at (786) 375-0344.