Port of New York Cruise Ship Accidents and Injuries
Every year, millions of people depart the Port of New York for cruise ship vacations. The rapid growth of the industry means that more and more people are injured or become ill during their cruise vacation every year. Not only can a serious injury or major illness ruin your expensive and carefully planned vacation, but it can also lead to long-term physical and financial consequences. Cruise lines are responsible for the safety of everyone on board and must take reasonable steps to prevent accidents and injuries from occurring.
If you or someone you love has been injured or suffered an illness while on a cruise, you could be legally entitled to financial compensation. Louis A. Vucci, P.A. is here to help you recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We believe you should not be financially responsible for your illness or injuries, especially when they were the result of a cruise line’s negligence. Louis A. Vucci, P.A. helps cruise ship injury victims get the compensation they deserve, and we want to help you do the same. Our experience and track record of success makes us the right choice for cases involving cruise lines. Call us today at (786) 375-0344 or contact us online to discuss the details of your case with one of our experienced lawyers in a free consultation.
Do I Need a Cruise Ship Attorney?
Without knowledge of personal injury laws, taking on your own case could quickly become complicated, especially if you were injured outside the country. As questions of liability come up and a long legal battle unfolds in front of you, you will want someone who is experienced and who can move your case forward smoothly by anticipating snags and getting everything right the first time. The cruise line will have the force of a legal team behind them, so you will want a skilled lawyer on your side to increase your chances of receiving the full amount of financial compensation available to you.
It is important when selecting your legal representation that you find a firm with experience in cruise ship claims specifically. Cruise ship claims are more complicated than regular personal injury cases because these accidents often occur on international waters, on ships registered in foreign countries, and in foreign ports. A lawyer who has only ever dealt with American laws will likely be out of their depth with a cruise ship claim. Instead, find a lawyer who has tried many cruise ship claims before to ensure they know how to handle all the complicated aspects of your case.
Why Choose Louis A. Vucci, P.A. to Handle Your Case?
At Louis A. Vucci, P.A., we have completely dedicated our practice to cruise ship accident claims. We have put in the time and energy to truly understand these complex cases, which is why we are the best choice to handle your cruise ship claim. We give 100 percent from the moment you call us for a free consultation to the day you receive your financial compensation. You should not be financially responsible for a cruise line or cruise employee’s negligence, and we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll such an injury can have on you and your family. Everyone at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. treats our clients with the compassion and respect they deserve, and we fight hard for your rights by building you the strongest possible case to maximize your chances of compensation. We have won millions of dollars in compensation for cruise line injury victims, and we’re confident in our ability to represent you, which is why you don’t pay us anything until after we’ve won your case. We value the trust that our clients have placed in us throughout the years.
Cases We Handle
The Port of New York is unique from many other American cruise ports because of the different destinations that can be reached. You can take a transatlantic cruise from New York as easily as you can take a cruise to the Bahamas. No matter your destination, Louis A. Vucci, P.A. will represent your case.
The allure of cruises is what can make them so dangerous; seclusion in sparkling blue oceans and proximity to exotic and beautiful countries can seem like a dream until you are seriously sick or injured. Evacuation is not quick or easy, and sometimes the nearest hospital is in an underdeveloped country where you would not receive the best care. Although your cruise ship should have a well-equipped medical center with a large staff and the ability to handle most common medical emergencies, sometimes the medical staff’s negligence can lead to dangerous health consequences. At Louis A. Vucci, P.A. we help our clients seek compensation for the following cases:
Passenger Claims on Board
If your injury or illness occurred while you were on board the ship, we will help you recover compensation for your medical expenses and your pain and suffering. The following cruise ship injuries are the most common:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Wave pool and water slide injuries
- Theft or injuries from a physical assault
- Food poisoning or food contamination illnesses
- Illnesses resulting from a norovirus outbreak
If you experienced these situations or others, Louis A. Vucci, P.A. can help.
Claims from Onshore Excursions
If you went on an excursion while your ship was docked or were hurt when boarding or leaving your ship, you could be entitled to compensation if the cruise line could have prevented your accident or illness or if a cruise ship employee’s negligence caused your injury. Common onshore injuries occur on tender ships or when boarding or disembarking. Other injuries may occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents on excursions. If a cruise ship employee’s negligence or carelessness caused the accident, they should be held accountable.
Medical Crew Negligence
The ship’s medical staff is usually equipped to handle most health concerns that may occur, but if they are negligent in your treatment, it could lead to severe consequences. If your cruise ship’s medical staff was negligent in any way by misdiagnosing you, delaying your treatment or diagnosis, treating you improperly, or making a mistake in drug administration, you should seek compensation for your suffering. You may also be able to file a successful claim if the cruise line did not have adequate procedures in place to handle your medical emergency when it occurred.
Cruise lines are responsible for keeping their guests safe from assault, both physical and sexual. Cruise lines should conduct thorough background checks on all employees and have adequate security in place to prevent crimes. If they fail and you are harmed as a result, you can hold them accountable for their failure to protect you.
Port of New York Information
With terminals in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Port of New York is a popular and convenient destination for millions of travelers. Both terminals are convenient to the multitude of international airports in the greater New York area, and travelers can often get relatively low fares from cities in the United States and all around the world. The Port of New York is the fifth busiest port in the United States, and its cruises sail to New England, Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Europe.
Cruise Ship Lines That Leave From the Port of New York
Some of the world’s most popular cruise lines depart from the Port of New York, including the following:
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Carnival Cruise Line
- Princess Cruises
- Oceania Cruises
- Holland America Line
- Cunard Line
- Regent Cruises
You may believe that because your chosen cruise line has a good reputation, illness and injury won’t be an issue, but passengers are sickened and hurt on cruise vacations all the time. Don’t let the reputation or size of the cruise line intimidate you; at Louis A. Vucci, P.A., we are prepared to take on any cruise line.
Cruise Injury Statistics
Cruises are the fastest growing category in the leisure travel market. Every year, the record for the number of cruises taken is beaten. In 2016, 24.2 million passengers went on cruise vacations, with over half of that number consisting of American tourists. The average cruise ship holds nearly 2,000 passengers with a crew of almost 1,000, and most ships are at capacity on every journey. Given the nature of cruises — exposure to water, lots of people, tight and cramped quarters — there is a greater possibility of injuries and illnesses that are easily spread among passengers. Accidents can happen, and they can be both painful and expensive.
A study done by International Maritime Health looked at injuries on a single cruise ship over the course of three years. Of the 663 total injuries during that time, 45 percent were due to falls, most of which occurred in passengers’ cabins. Additionally, most illnesses were due to poor food quality or food contamination. It is the responsibility of your cruise line to take all reasonable measures to ensure your health and safety while you are traveling as their guest, and their negligence could entitle you to receive financial compensation.
Contact a New York Cruise Ship Attorney
If you or someone you love has suffered an illness or injury while on a cruise, let Attorney Vucci and his team at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. handle your case. Experience and a fierce dedication to our clients make us the right choice for you. We’ll fight for the financial compensation that you deserve after an illness or injury on a cruise vacation. Call us today at (786) 375-0344 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with an attorney.