San Francisco, California is a city in northern California that is a popular tourist destination known for its steep rolling hills, beautiful architecture, cozy summers, popular landmarks (such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary). The San Francisco Bay Area is home to millions of people and provides many maritime-related activities such as kayaking, windsurfing, diving adventures, whale tours, ferry boat rides, cruises, and more. The Port of San Francisco is one of eleven ports in California, and provides many employment opportunities for maritime workers. Some examples of maritime employees in San Francisco include workers aboard ferry boats and cruises, workers with jobs on vessels coming to and from the port, and vessel maintenance workers, among others.
With the large amount of traffic in San Francisco each year, cruise ships are a popular attraction. Unfortunately, every year passengers and crew members aboard cruise ships sustain serious injuries, sometimes even death. Accidents involving cruise ships are often very serious and may cause injuries such as head and back injuries, broken bones, and brain injuries, and among others. The laws that apply to cruise ship related injuries can be complex, especially because cruise ships travel to and from a variety of different geographic areas which can trigger different state, federal, or international laws.
Additionally, injuries that are sustained by cruise ship workers can trigger special maritime-related laws such as the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Injured workers may be able to recover against a cruise ship owner for damages incurred such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Sometimes accidents may be minor, but others can cause major damages and injuries, which sometimes may even involve the death of maritime workers.
In addition to maritime workers, cruise ship passengers also sustain injuries each year while aboard a cruise ship. Unfortunately, sometimes these injuries could have been prevented as they were a direct result of the cruise ship owner’s negligence. Compensation to injured passengers may include damages for items such as medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages, among other expenses incurred because of the injury.
An experienced San Francisco cruise ship attorney can be a great resource for you after a cruise ship injury. The legal team at Brais Law Firm can advise you on the specific laws that apply to your case as well as help you obtain the compensation you may be entitled to for the injuries you sustained while on a cruise ship in San Francisco. Sometimes cruise ship injury cases can be complicated necessitating complex legal advocacy that involves negotiating with an employer’s insurance company to obtain reasonable compensation for injuries, advocating at an arbitration, or even participation in a trial. An experienced cruise ship attorney can help you navigate through the settlement process and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact the San Francisco cruise ship attorney at Brais Law Firm for assistance with your claim today. To reach our lawyers you may click email the firm, call 800-499-0551 from within the U.S., Skype BraisLaw worldwide or click contact us to select and complete a form for a free evaluation of your case.