Disney Cruise Ship Injury Lawyers
If you or your family suffered an illness or injury while on a Disney cruise ship, you should know your legal rights regarding compensation. You may be entitled to receive significant monetary compensation for the cost to treat your injury or illness, including coverage of medical bills, lost wages, suffering, and the ongoing medical care you have been prescribed to receive. A skilled personal injury lawyer at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. will thoroughly examine your case and help you understand your rights during your initial free, confidential consultation.
Since 2002, the Disney cruise ship injury attorneys at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. have successfully represented thousands of cruisers who were injured while at sea or during a port excursion. We have dedicated a significant portion of our practice to issues relating to maritime law. Over the last 16 years, we have earned favorable verdicts and substantial settlements for our work on behalf of injured cruise-goers. Our team has acquired a national reputation for our ability to represent injured victims from across the United States that were harmed while on board a Disney cruise ship.
The legal team at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. has been recognized as a fixture in the Miami community for more than a decade and a half. We have been fortunate to see rapid growth in our work on behalf of those who have docked out of Miami for their Disney cruise. We perceive the people we represent as much more than just clients or cruisers, they are our friends and family. We work hard to protect the rights of those who innocently take a cruise for a vacation or holiday and are prepared to the same for you. If you or someone you loved suffered a serious injury or became ill while on board a Disney cruise, contact Louis A. Vucci, P.A. today. We offer a free, confidential consultation and do not charge a fee unless we win your case. Contact us today by chatting with us live, calling us at (786) 375-0344, or filling out a contact form on our site.
Do I Need a Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer?
After you or your family member suffers an injury or illness on a Disney cruise, we understand that you have many questions, especially if you were provided with misleading or incorrect information by a crew member aboard the ship. An injury or illness that occurred on a ship is handled differently legally from those that occur on land. For this reason, it is especially important that you have a skilled maritime lawyer on your side who is informed of the rights of cruisers and the common tactics used by the cruise industry to deny responsibility for their guests’ injuries. We highly recommend that those who incurred an injury on a cruise seek the guidance of a skilled cruise ship injury lawyer. A regular personal injury lawyer will not have the same background and understanding of what it takes to win a case against a cruise line for their negligence.
The legal process can be difficult to navigate, and a liable cruise line will do everything in their power to avoid undertaking the blame for your injury. The legal barriers and hurdles will continue to build up, and the cruise lines have extremely deep resources to bind you down in the complex legal processes. Let us handle the extensive paperwork, lengthy phone calls, and stubborn cruise line representatives so that you and your family can recover in peace. There is no fee for our services unless we win your case.
Types of Cases We Handle
The trusted legal team at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. have successfully handled thousands of cruise ship cases, from slip and fall injuries to crew member assaults. We have zero tolerance for cruise ships who are negligent towards 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 examples of some of the cruise ship injury cases we handle at Louis A. Vucci, P.A.:
- Cruise ship excursions: The options for cruise ship excursions are varied and numerous. Disney’s port adventures include fly fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, whale watching, and even tequila-making tours. Although these excursions can be quite enjoyable for cruisers, they can also be potentially dangerous for inexperienced passengers. For this reason, it is essential that crew members are skilled and prepared to handle the number of situations that can occur while cruisers are under their care. Cruise ship excursion injuries commonly occur during one of the above adventures and can lead to a broken leg, concussion, or a much worse injury. Other common injuries occur during docking accidents, which can subject passengers to drowning or bodily injury.
- Medical negligence: Cruise ship medical malpractice is unfortunately quite common. Medical errors often occur when ships are unequipped or underequipped with a skilled medical team. We see cruise line medical negligence cases that occur when medical staff fails to properly diagnose an injury or illness or provides a passenger with an incorrect diagnosis, which can pose a serious threat to a passenger’s health.
- Passenger claims: At Louis A. Vucci, P.A., we have seen thousands of passenger claims that differ widely in breadth and severity. We are aware of the methods utilized by large corporations, insurance companies, and cruise lines to deny or downplay the extent of a passenger’s claims. Common claims we see are slip and fall injuries that happen when decks, hallways, and dining rooms are not cleaned properly or marked with signs. Due to the sheer number of people on board, we have seen numerous water slide and wave pool accidents that occur on cruise ships.
- Sexual assault: A cruise ship may be one of the last places you’d expect sexual assault to occur. Unfortunately, crew member assault can occur and leave victims with painful psychological and emotional trauma. The legal team at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. will be able to help you defend your sexual assault claims and pursue justice on your behalf.
Disney Cruise Line Major Accidents
The Disney Cruise Line is considered a dream vacation for many children. Unfortunately, in 2014, a 13-year old girl accused a Disney crew member of molesting her while she was on the ship with her family. In 2015, a news article from the Bahamas reported that a passenger died while swimming during a Disney cruise excursion, and another was found unresponsive after snorkeling during a port adventure.
In 2012, an 11-year old reported that a member of the cruise staff molested her in an elevator. Police officer Dawn Taplin, who was on board the ship at the time, reported that Disney forced her to remain quiet on the issue upon hearing that it happened. The article continues to say that, “it was not until the next day, after the ship had left U.S. waters, that Disney Cruise Line notified Port Canaveral police, the FBI, and the U.S. Coast Guard.” Officer Taplin said that she felt these measures were taken intentionally by the Disney cruise ship to allow the guilty crew member to get off the ship in the Bahamas and avoid facing the repercussions in the United States.
In recent years there have been a number of reported norovirus outbreaks on Disney cruise ships. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that there 131 passengers and 14 crew members who fell ill to norovirus while on the Disney cruise in 2016. Norovirus is a gastrointestinal illness with symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea. It can be transmitted through contaminated food, from swimming or drinking water contaminated by infected people, or by touching infested and unclean surfaces. The highly contagious nature of this illness makes it especially dangerous for cruises because a large number of passengers are in a small, contained area. Once the norovirus illness begins to spread, it can do some serious damage aboard a ship.
The cruise ship injury and illness attorneys at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. will fight for you if you and your family have suffered an injury or sickness on a Disney Cruise Line. The cruise ship lawyers at our firm are familiar with the common legal issues Disney cruise ships are faced with and found guilty of. We are prepared to see that your legal rights are fully protected as we believe cruises should be fun, safe, and thrilling adventures. We are ashamed to hear of the deceitful and unlawful actions that the cruise industry takes to protect themselves from a bad reputation. That is why for more than 16 years, the legal team at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. has dedicated their careers to ensuring that cruise passengers receive the settlements, verdicts, and peace of mind they deserve.
If you have been injured on a Disney cruise ship in Miami or international waters, do not wait to get the legal help you need. Contact our team for a free, confidential consultation right away. You have suffered enough at the hands of a negligent cruise line. Contact us today calling us at (786) 375-0344, chatting with us live, or filling out our email form.