Carnival Cruise Ship Injury Lawyers
Although cruise ships are often affectionately thought of as a safe and stress-free vacation destinations, they can also be a dangerous environment for cruising families. Injuries and illnesses are commonplace on cruise ships, although the number of incidents is estimated to be higher than what is actually reported and followed up with. If you or a family member was injured or fell ill on a Carnival cruise ship, you should be aware of the legal rights you possess as a passenger. The costly medical bills, therapy sessions, medications, suffering, and emotional trauma you have endured since your cruise injury could be covered by the liable cruise ship. You may be able to obtain financial coverage as a result of your injury or illness. At Louis A. Vucci, P.A., we want to help you, and we do not charge our clients unless we win their case.
Louis A. Vucci, P.A. has successfully represented hundreds of injured cruisers since 2002. We have been able to acquire excellent results on behalf of those who were harmed while under the care of cruise ship staff. We take cruise-related injuries and illnesses extremely serious; it is our philosophy that cruise ship lines must be held accountable for all passengers aboard their ships. By extension, the cruise industry should assume responsibility for their poor decisions or lack of proper decision making that caused a cruise-ship guest to suffer.
For the last 16 years, our Carnival Cruise injury lawyers have worked hard to see that cruisers are aware of their legal rights. We have represented individuals who were on board a Carnival cruise ship and did not receive the attention or care they deserved. Louis A. Vucci, P.A. has made it our mission to fight against the cruise industry and see that the residents of, and visitors to, Miami, Florida are well represented. Whether you or a family member were injured in a pool accident, during an excursion, or suffered an illness due to poor sanitation on the ship, our legal team will help you. If you or your family member received inadequate or negligent care on a cruise ship, contact Louis A. Vucci, P.A. immediately. We offer a free, confidential consultation and do not charge a fee unless we win your case. Contact us today by calling us at (786) 375-0344, by filling out a contact form, or chatting with us live on our site.
Do I Need a Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer?
Our team recommends that anyone who has suffered an injury on an excursion, has a medical negligence case, is seeking to make a passenger claim, or has suffered through a sexual assault on a cruise ship seek out the guidance of a cruise ship lawyer. After your injury, you may be wondering how to carry on with life with your newfound financial and emotional burden. A cruise ship lawyer will be able to alleviate your stress by handling the time-consuming and confusing legal process for you.
Types of Cases We Handle
The experienced attorneys at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. have successfully managed thousands of cruise ship cases, from medical malpractice to cruise ship staff negligence. We have zero tolerance for cruise ships who don’t care for their guests. We believe cruise liners should assume responsibility for their unlawful and negligent actions and should work to protect all cruisers on board. Below are some of the cruise ship injury case types we handle at Louis A. Vucci, P.A.:
- Cruise ship excursions: The Carnival cruise line offers myriad shore excursions for their passengers, including zip lining, river tubing, white water rafting, and parasailing. Many guests who partake in these adventures are often doing so for the first time and are not necessarily equipped with the skills, knowledge, or strength to perform these activities adequately. In scenarios like these, the Carnival cruise ship should have provided guests and crew members with the knowledge and lessons to execute the activity well. Unfortunately, these safety precautions do not always occur. Tender accidents can cause serious bodily harm to passengers, and the crew members could be held liable for an accident you endured while being ferried from the ship to an on-shore excursion. Motor vehicle accidents can also occur while you are being transported to various destinations on the island or country you are visiting. A crew member who is driving dangerously or not abiding by the local road laws could be considered negligent in your case.
- Medical negligence: Cruise ship medical crews should be held to the same standard as medical professionals in the United States. Our firm handles a broad spectrum of medical negligence cases, including those relating to lack of informed consent and incorrect medical procedures. These two types of negligence can pose catastrophic side effects to those affected by them. Cruise ship medical practitioners should know better than to break these types of ethical and legal codes. If you were a victim of medical negligence on a Carnival cruise ship, contact us immediately. You should not have to represent yourself alone.
- Passenger claims: Passenger claims, including contaminated food and norovirus, can endanger and harm cruisers during their time on board. Cruise ship cleaning staff and chefs should go above and beyond to keep cooking surfaces, eating utensils, bathrooms, and commonly visited areas clean and sanitary. When a crew fails to do this, they are not only failing to do their job, but they’re also creating a breeding ground for infection and bacteria. As a passenger on a well-known cruise line, it is expected for you to feel like your vacation will be safe and hygienic. A cruise ship that fails to uphold this standard should be punished for their inattention to detail.
- Sexual assault: The legal team at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. are heartbroken to hear of the devastating cases of sexual assault that happen on board cruise ships. Whether you or your child were assaulted by a crew member or another passenger, we are deeply sympathetic toward the pain you have endured. A skilled attorney at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. will swiftly and effectively review the facts of your cruise ship sexual assault claim and determine the negligent party.
Carnival Cruise Line Major Accidents
The Carnival Cruise Line made headlines in 2017 when an 8-year-old girl fell to her death on a Miami cruise ship. The incident caused many to question the safety of bringing children on board a cruise ship. In another incident in 2017, two young women on jet-skis in Port Canaveral, Florida were nearly hit by a Carnival cruise ship. In 2012, CNN reported that a Costa Cruises ship, which was owned by Carnival Corp., ran aground in Italy, killing three people, injuring 20, and leaving many people unaccounted for.
In 2012, NBC reported that 22 Carnival passengers were held at gunpoint on a “ship-sponsored tour in México.” Newsweek recently reported on the two passenger falling deaths that have occurred in 2018. In the first, a female passenger suffered a fatal fall from her room’s balcony on the 13th floor to the 11th deck. In the second, a young man fell overboard from the 11th deck, and the coast guard called off the search for his body after only one day.
The Huffington Post said that they would “advise you to avoid” the Carnival cruise ship named Ecstasy. After the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted an inspection in 2016, they found the vessel to have, “numerous serious health-jeopardizing deficiencies with how it operated its potable water supply, food preparation, and its recreational water park. Mold, food waste, inadequate monitoring, and failure to post warning signs were all documented.” The CDC provides regular outbreak updates for norovirus, and reported that the Carnival line has had 17 outbreaks since 1994.
CNN reported that Carnival cruise ships have also seen a number of fires. An engine room fire occurred in 2013 and left many passengers “complaining about the lack of air conditioning, hot cabins, cold food, and toilets that wouldn’t flush.” Another fire occurred in 2010. CNN stated, “the cruise industry says cruise ship fires are rare, but they are not rare.” The article states that the cruise lines are “largely unregulated,” especially in comparison to the U.S. commercial aviation industry. Due to the quick turnaround of passengers and sheer size of the vessel, many cruise ships do not have an adequate number of crew members and cleaning staff to keep ships clean and safe for guests.
The legal team at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. are saddened to hear of the number of deaths, injuries, and illnesses Carnival cruisers have undergone in the last 20 years. Carnival cruises are intended to be places of enjoyment, filled with thrilling activities, delicious food, and perpetual entertainment. However, due to poorly trained crew members and insufficient numbers of staff, cruise lines can instead place guests in dangerous cities and circumstances, expose them to harmful bacteria, and subject them to unsafe activities and conditions.
For these reasons, the legal professionals at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. are committed to helping cruise passengers who have been injured on Carnival cruise ships. When an injury impacts your life, we encourage you to take control and pursue the help of a qualified legal professional. At Louis A. Vucci, P.A., we uphold a high standard of care to our clients. We do not charge any fees unless we win your case. To lessen your financial burden, our first consultations are always free and confidential. Contact us today by chatting live with a representative on our site, calling us at (786) 375-0344, or filling out our contact form. We are here to help you.