Each year 14,000,000 people (yes 14 million) will go on a cruise. There are literally hundreds of passengers, as well as crewmembers, who will suffer a serious back injury or break their ankle, leg or hip after slipping and falling while cruising. Once back home after the cruise, they find it difficult to think of hiring a lawyer who they have never met in order to sue a large corporation in a far-off location like Miami.
But the process of hiring a Miami maritime lawyer to bring a claim against a cruise line like Carnival or Royal Caribbean is simple.
Over 95 percent of our firm’s clients live out side of Florida. If you have a question about an accident on a cruise ship, send us an email. You can reach me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will receive an answer to your email right away. We will need answers to four issues:
When did the accident occur? Remember that you have only one year to file a lawsuit against a cruise line! This is a much shorter period of time than most land based injuries.
Which cruise line and which cruise ship were involved? The majority of the cases we handle are against Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival and Norwegian cruise lines. These cases have to be filed here in Miami. Other cruise lines like Princess Cruises have to be filed in California. Holland America Line, for example, has to be sued in Seattle. If we can’t help you, we will find someone who can.
What happened and why is the cruise line responsible? Be prepared to tell us not only how the accident occurred but why you think that the cruise line is liable.
What injuries did you sustain? The nature and extent of your injuries are important issues in your case. Have you undergone surgery? What type of medical treatment will you need in the future? Once you retain us, we will quickly obtain copies of all relevant medical records and reports.
If you prefer to call us, we look forward to speaking with you. We have a toll free number (800) 256-1518. You will probably initially speak with one of our assistants, like Jan or Betsy (photo right, with client), who will ask you a few questions about the basic information listed above. I will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.
If you decide to hire us, we work on a contingency fee. This means that we do not bill you or ask for a retainer. We are paid only if we are successful and obtain a settlement or a verdict. You have nothing to lose.
We will send you four documents.
The first is the contingency fees agreement. All lawyers who handle these type of cases must have a written contract with the client where everything is spelled out. The second document is a statement of your rights as a client. We will also send you a short questionnaire about your cruise accident. The last document is a medical authorization so that we can obtain copies of your medical records.
We will email these items to you shortly after you email us or speak with us on the telephone. Just fill out the forms and return them to us. There is no need to travel to Miami to start your case.
One of the main reasons why cruise lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean require that all claims be filed in Miami is that they know that it is inconvenient for injured passengers to do so. That’s why we make it easy for our clients to retain us. Simply send us an email or make a single call.
I’m sure that you may have other questions, and I will be happy to spend as much time as necessary to provide answers for you. I have been handling maritime injury cases since 1983. Over ten years ago I was interviewed about the process of filing a claim against a cruise line.
You can obtain additional basic information by reading the article here – Cruise Passenger Rights and Wrongs – Interview With Maritime Lawyer Jim Walker.