Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades Cruise Ship Accidents and Injuries Lawyer
Every year, thousands of people board cruise ships out of Fort Lauderdale at Port Everglades for their vacations. When you take a cruise, you expect to have a fun and relaxing time. But too many cruise ship passengers suffer a serious injury that ruins what was supposed to be a refreshing getaway. There can be many opportunities for injuries on cruise ships for passengers and cruise ship employees alike, and it is the responsibility of the cruise line to ensure everyone’s safety on board.
If you have sustained an injury on a cruise ship, Louis A. Vucci, P.A. is here to help you win financial compensation that will alleviate the costs associated with your injuries. An injury on a cruise ship can not only ruin an expensive vacation that you’d planned but also lead to expensive medical bills and lost wages from work — not to mention your physical pain and other financial stress. We believe you should not have to be financially responsible when a cruise line has failed to protect your safety. Our firm has the experience and the knowledge that’s needed to successfully fight your case after a cruise ship injury. We know the standard of care and service required along with how to determine fault when someone has been injured in international waters or foreign countries, and we’re dedicated to helping our clients win the compensation they deserve. To learn more about your legal options for financial compensation, contact us today at (786) 375-0344 for a free consultation.
Why You Need A Cruise Ship Attorney
The laws around cruise ship injuries can be quite complex, especially if you try to take on your own case without the help of an experienced attorney. Questions around liability or insurance can come up, and it can be challenging to juggle an extended and complicated legal process with your own recovery. Cruise line claims are particularly complicated because the location of your accident, as well as the country where the ship is registered, can make a major difference in how your claim proceeds.
A lawyer with cruise line litigation experience can make the process quicker and easier for you. While you focus on your recovery, they can investigate your accident, research laws that will affect liability and negligence, and gather all the necessary evidence. They can also deal with aggressive cruise line attorneys and insurance representatives on your behalf. With a lawyer’s help, you are likely to recover far more money than you would on your own.
Why Choose Louis A. Vucci, P.A.?
Louis Vucci has been helping individuals with legal claims since 1997. His practice is dedicated solely to victims of accidents on cruises. Our team is deeply knowledgeable about how to pursue compensation against cruise lines because this is all we do. Though some other law firms may claim they can handle the extremely complicated and specific area of cruise line liability, we actually have the results to prove that we can. Throughout our history, we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
At Louis A. Vucci, P.A., our primary concern is your wellbeing, not our bottom line. We strive to provide the highest level of customer service, communicating constantly and openly with every client. This is also why we work on a contingency-fee basis. When you hire us, we will cover all the costs of your case ourselves. When we win you a settlement or verdict, we will take a fraction of your winnings to cover our fees. In the event we fail to recover any compensation for you, we will never charge you a fee.
Cases We Handle
For many, the allure of a cruise is the seclusion in the middle of the sea as well as the stops at exotic and beautiful places. However, being stuck in the middle of the ocean or near a foreign or underdeveloped country means that it could take hours or even days for adequate medical attention to arrive and treat an injury that onsite medical staff can’t handle. Cruise ships have onboard medical care, and the cruise line needs to be aware of drowning dangers, slip and fall injuries, and illnesses that passengers and employees may contract. Cruise lines have the responsibility to protect not only your health but also your safety, as sexual assault or theft can occur on board or at a port. The team at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. can help with all of these situations, including the following cases:
Passenger Claims on Board
If you were injured while physically on the cruise ship, we can help you recover funds for your medical bills and other pain and suffering. Common cruise ship injuries include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Water slide injuries
- Wave pool injuries
- Sickness from food poisoning or food contamination
- Injuries from a physical assault
- Illness from a norovirus outbreak on board
Cruise lines have a duty to keep their ships safe and free from hazards, so if you were injured in any of the above ways, you are likely entitled to compensation.
Claims During Onshore Excursions
There are also many opportunities for injuries when you are not on the cruise ship. For example, if a cruise ship or a tender ship is not docked properly or if safety procedures are not explained or enforced, there is a risk of injury. At ports of call, motor vehicle accidents involving cruise ship passengers who are being transported by the cruise line can be serious, and negligent drivers should be held accountable. If the company running your excursions is negligent and you are injured while participating in an activity like ziplining, hiking, kayaking, or more, both the company and your cruise line may be held accountable, if your cruise line helped you book that excursion.
Medical Crew Negligence
If you become ill or are injured on your cruise ship, there should be a full medical staff available to assist you onsite who can evacuate you to the nearest hospital if your condition is severe enough. But when medical staff is negligent and misdiagnoses you, delays your diagnosis or fails to properly treat you right away, your condition may deteriorate, necessitating more treatment and additional medical expenses.
Cruise lines are responsible for providing security for all passengers against physical attacks, such as theft and assault, especially sexual assault. If you were sexually assaulted on your cruise, you might be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering.
Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades Information
Port Everglades, which hosts dozens of cruise lines from the city of Fort Lauderdale, is a convenient travel spot for many people in America and from around the world. The port is less than two miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and is easily drivable from other nearby airports like Miami International Airport, which is 27 miles south, and Palm Beach International Airport, 50 miles north of Fort Lauderdale. The city itself is a popular tourist destination boasting beautiful beaches, restaurants, and luxury hotels.
Cruise Ship Lines That Leave from Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades
Port Everglades is one of the most popular cruise ports, and many cruise lines set sail from there. Some of those cruise lines include the following:
- Royal Caribbean
- Celebrity Cruises
- Crystal Cruises
- Holland America
If you were injured on any of these cruise lines or any other cruise that left from Port Everglades, reach out to Louis A. Vucci, P.A. for a free consultation to see how we can help you win financial compensation for your suffering.
Cruise Injury Statistics
Cruises are immensely popular vacation destinations for people of all ages. In 2012, over 20 million people went on a cruise, and over half of those were Americans. An average cruise ship carries around 2,000 passengers on each voyage and employs crews of almost 1,000 to cater to passengers and ensure a positive and memorable experience. But due to the nature of cruises, including exposure to water, tight and cramped quarters, and the possibility for illness and injury, accidents can happen, and it can be painful and expensive for you to deal with. Accidents occur, but when cruise lines fail to prepare for everyone’s safety, they should be held responsible for their negligence. A study from International Maritime Health looked into 663 injuries that occurred on one cruise ship over a period of three years. Most passenger injuries happened on board the ship, primarily within their cabins. Almost 45 percent of all injuries were due to falls. The study also noted that most illnesses were foodborne due to improper sanitation or poor quality of food. If the medical staff was negligent in your treatment, you could win financial compensation for an injury that your cruise line did not prevent.
Contact a Cruise Ship Attorney at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. Today
If you or someone you love has been injured while on a cruise, the team at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. is here to help. When an injury ruins what was supposed to be a relaxing holiday, you are likely to be faced with high medical bills, a long recovery, and lost wages if you must miss work to recover. You should not have to be financially responsible for an accident you suffered while on a cruise ship, and we’ll hold the negligent parties accountable. Our team of experienced legal professionals is here to make your case as strong as possible and maximize your amount of financial compensation. We’ll treat you and your case with the respect and compassion you deserve. Call us today at (786) 375-0344 or contact us online to set up your free consultation.