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Defective/Malfunctioning Equipment Lawyers

Cruise ships are responsible for keeping their passengers safe at all times, including during off-shore excursions. Unfortunately, defective or malfunctioning equipment used during an off-shore excursion can cause serious, life-altering injuries to cruise ship passengers. That’s why the cruise ship injury attorneys of Louis A. Vucci, P.A. work hard to protect the rights of cruise ship passengers who have been hurt in an accident. While being seriously hurt while on vacation is unexpected and devastating, accidents happen frequently and the cruise lines must be held accountable if the accident was caused by defective equipment or other issues. We are prepared to help you take action to secure the compensation you need to recover and move on with your life.

The cruise ship industry has experienced serious growth over the past five years as its popularity continues to rise. With an estimated 25.3 million people sailing on FCCA and/or CLIA Member Lines in 2017, a five percent growth from 2015, 12 million of those passengers are from North America. Unfortunately, what may seem like the perfect vacation can quickly turn into a nightmare when cruise ship companies or employees fail to act appropriately and fix or replace defective/malfunctioning equipment.

If you or someone you love has been injured due to an equipment malfunction, the cruise ship company may be liable for any costs that you have encountered as a result of your injuries. At Louis A. Vucci, P.A., our lawyers have experience pursuing claims on behalf of cruise ship passengers. We understand that the medical expenses and wages lost following an injury caused by malfunctioning equipment can have lasting physical and financial repercussions. Fortunately, you do not have to face the legal process of seeking financial compensation on your own. Our cruise ship excursion lawyers have years of experience, and we are ready to discuss your case with you. Call us today at (786) 375-0344 or fill out our online form and take the first step toward holding these negligent parties responsible.

Why Choose Us?

When you or a loved one has suffered serious, life-altering injuries due to the negligent actions of a cruise ship company, the following days, weeks, months, and even years can be significantly challenging. With numerous medical bills, lost wages, and other damages, you need a hardworking lawyer who’s experienced in the courtroom and is dedicated to fighting for those who feel they have no voice against the large cruise lines. Louis Vucci is that lawyer who has been representing people who desperately need someone to stand up for them for over 20 years as a public defender and personal injury lawyer. His years of experience handling serious criminal cases has given him invaluable experience with Miami courtrooms and the legal system, and he uses this experience to fight for cruise ship negligence victims every day. At Louis A. Vucci, P.A. your consultation is always free, and we don’t get paid unless you do.

Types of Defective or Malfunctioning Equipment

Cruises are continually increasing in popularity across the world, but especially in the United States. The offering of all-inclusive packages, visiting multiple locations, and the lure of unplugging from the realities of everyday life make these trips incredibly popular, especially leaving from Miami. In fact, an estimated three million people leave for a cruise from the Port of Miami every year.

When passengers are aboard a luxury cruise ship, they expect to make memories, take photos, and have a peaceful and fun time with friends and family members. The one thing no passenger expects while on a cruise ship is to suffer a serious injury that could leave them forever changed. Accidents involving defective or malfunctioning equipment can occur for a number of reasons. Some of the types of cases we handle include accidents caused by the following:

  • Tender boat malfunctions
  • Golf carts/vehicle-based defects
  • Ramp collapse
  • Unstable dock conditions

These dangerous conditions put passengers at risk of sustaining serious, potentially life-threatening, injuries. If you believe that defective or malfunctioning equipment has caused you harm while on a cruise, our attorneys are ready to hear about your situation and talk with you about your rights.

What Counts as Defective/Malfunctioning Equipment?

The gear and equipment used for daily excursions or even daily operation of a cruise ship can lead to unforgettable experiences, but it can, unfortunately, lead to serious accidents to passengers if they aren’t properly operated, maintained, or routinely checked by crew members. Advances in technology have significantly elevated the cruise ship experience, but crew members and ship companies have to take extra care and precautions to ensure all equipment is working properly and up to standards.
Some common examples of defective equipment include equipment that is clearly broken, gear that has been quickly repaired by a crew member or operator but hasn’t been reported to management and repaired by a professional, and missing or damaged guardrails and other safety features intended to prevent accidents. And whether a human error, lack of maintenance, manufacturing defects, or even from exposure to the elements has damaged cruise ship equipment, you may be able to take legal action and recover damages to pay for medical bills and other expenses related to your injuries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most people who board a cruise ship never anticipate suffering serious or life-threatening injuries due to an accident at the fault of the cruise ship company or crew member. Because of that, many injured victims aren’t aware of their rights or that they can even take legal action against such a large and seemingly powerful entity in the first place. The Miami cruise ship injury lawyers are here to answer all of your questions and to start, we’ve added a few answers to some common questions here.

How long do I have to take legal action against a cruise ship company?

For any personal injury case, plaintiffs have a set window of time they can file a claim and pursue legal action. This is known as the statute of limitations and is especially narrow and strict for cruise ship injuries. While it can be as short as a year, the specific statute of limitations for your ship and cruise line is usually located on your ticket so make sure to read that before embarking on your trip.

Do I have to travel to Miami if I file a lawsuit?

For many injured victims, they may have set sail from Miami but actually live somewhere else in the country. The time and cost of traveling to Miami for your case may discourage many people from taking legal action. Many cruise lines do require you to file the lawsuits in the United States Federal Courthouse in Miami, which means you would have to travel to Miami for at least the filing, and if it goes to court, you may have to travel several times for various phases of the case. Every case is different so contact an attorney for a more specific answer to your scenario.

How much does an attorney cost?

This is a common and understandable question for many injured victims who are now facing tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills or lost wages and don’t think they can afford even a consultation with a lawyer. Fortunately, at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. your consultation is always and free, and our legal team works on a contingency basis. This means we don’t charge anything if we don’t win and only take a small percentage of the compensation when we are successful.

Contact a Defective/Malfunctioning Equipment Lawyer

The aftermath of an accident aboard a cruise ship due to defective or malfunctioning equipment can be extremely stressful and even more overwhelming. Dealing with injuries and getting proper medical treatment away while out of the country and making arrangements to get back home can leave anyone feeling lost, confused, and alone. That’s why you need an experienced and tough legal representative to fight for you. The Miami defective/malfunctioning equipment lawyers at Louis A. Vucci, P.A. will be by your side every step of the way, helping you hold negligent cruise ship companies responsible for their actions. Contact us today at (786) 375-0344 and speak with one of our legal representatives to schedule a free consultation.