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Get Help from an Experienced Florida Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer for Free 24/7

Florida is the cruise capital of the world. Every day, ships depart from and arrive at ports all along Florida’s coasts, carrying passengers from all 50 states and from countries around the globe.

Unfortunately, while the vast majority of cruise passengers have safe trips that are memorable for the right reasons, some passengers suffer serious—and in some cases life-threatening—injuries. Many crew members suffer injuries onboard as well. If you have been injured onboard a cruise ship, at a port in Florida, or at any other port of call after deporting from one of Florida’s cruise cities, a Florida cruise ship injury lawyer at Brais Law Firm can help you win the compensation you deserve.

Florida Cruise Ship Injury Cases We Handle

Our lawyers handle all types of cruise ship injury cases on behalf of passengers, crew members, and their loved ones. If you need help recovering from any of the following, we encourage you to contact us about your legal rights:

Cruise Passenger Injuries and Illnesses

Many of our clients are cruise ship passengers who got hurt or sick while on vacation. While cruise ships should be safe places where passengers can relax, enjoy life and forget their problems, the reality is that many cruise lines fail to do what is necessary to protect their customers. For example, we handle cases involving injuries and illnesses resulting from:

  • Gangway and tender accidents
  • Automatic door accidents
  • Slips, trips, and falls onboard
  • Falls overboard
  • Pool, waterslide, and FlowRider accidents
  • Climbing wall, playground, and other onboard activity accidents
  • Physical assaults by passengers and crew members
  • Medical malpractice in cruise ship infirmaries
  • Excursion accidents
  • Weather and sea-related accidents
  • Exposure to harmful viruses and bacteria (including food poisoning and COVID-19)

As a cruise ship passenger (or as the parent, spouse, or child of a cruise ship passenger), you have clear legal rights under maritime law. When you hire a Florida cruise ship injury lawyer at Brais Law Firm, your lawyer will explain everything you need to know, and your lawyer will do everything necessary to recover just compensation on your behalf.

Cruise Crew Member Injuries and Illnesses

In addition to representing cruise ship passengers, we also regularly represent crew members who have suffered injuries and contracted illnesses on the job. While crew members’ rights are different from the rights of cruise ship passengers, crew members still can—and should—file claims under maritime law.

As a cruise ship crew member, you do not need to prove that the cruise line is responsible for your injury or illness. Under the Jones Act, crew members can recover maintenance and cure benefits without the need to prove how or why they got injured. But, if your Florida cruise ship injury lawyer can prove that the cruise line is to blame, your lawyer may be able to help you recover additional compensation for your lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other losses.

Cruise Sexual Assaults and Rapes

Sexual assaults and rapes onboard cruise ships are alarmingly common. These horrifying assaults are committed by both passengers and crew members, and both passengers and crew members can fall victim. If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted or raped onboard a cruise ship that docked in Florida (or that will be docking in Florida) at any time, our lawyers can help you immediately.

When you contact us, a Florida cruise ship injury lawyer will guide you step-by-step through what you need to do. Your lawyer will also contact the authorities and deal with the cruise line on your behalf. Once you are safely back to shore, we will sit down with you to discuss your situation in complete confidence, and we will help you make informed decisions about how to move forward.

Fatal Cruise Ship Accidents

Our lawyers also represent families in cases involving fatal cruise ship accidents. If you have lost a loved one who disappeared at sea, who received negligent medical treatment, or who died under any other circumstances during a cruise, our lawyers can file a wrongful death claim on your family’s behalf. We have significant experience handling cruise ship wrongful death cases on behalf of family members living in Florida and other states, and we can use this experience to make sure the cruise line (or the other responsible party) is held fully accountable.

We Handle Cases Involving All Cruise Lines in Florida

We have successfully handled serious and fatal injury cases against most major cruise lines. We handle cases against all cruise lines operating out of Florida, including Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, and Silversea. We also handle claims against cruise lines that visit Florida cities as ports of call. Regardless of which cruise line you selected or which ship you chose, our lawyers have the experience required to make sure you receive just compensation.

We Handle Cases Involving All Cruise Ports and Terminals in Florida

Florida has six major cruise ports, all of which are among the busiest cruise ports not just in the United States but in the entire world. Every day, tens of thousands of cruise passengers pass through these ports, with nearly as many crew members embarking and disembarking before and after long stints at sea. If your cruise ship departed from or stopped at any of these terminals, a Florida cruise ship injury lawyer at Brais Law Firm can represent you:

  • Jaxport (Jacksonville)
  • Port Canaveral (Orlando)
  • Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Port of Miami (Miami)
  • Port of Palm Beach (Palm Beach County)
  • Port of Tampa Bay (Tampa/St. Petersburg)

Sample Settlements and Verdicts in Florida Cruise Ship Injury Cases

With decades of experience, our lawyers have recovered tens of millions of dollars in financial compensation for cruise ship passengers, crew members, and their families. Some examples of notable cases handled by our cruise ship injury lawyers in Florida include:

Victory Against NCL (Bahamas) for Crew Member Denied Medical Care

Our lawyers defeated an appeal filed by NC (Bahamas) seeking to prevent a crew member from pursuing a claim for punitive damages based on the cruise line’s alleged willful, arbitrary and capricious delay in providing necessary medical care.

Victory Against NCL (Bahamas) for Passenger Raped Onboard

Our lawyers defeated the cruise line’s attempt to dismiss a cruise ship rape victim’s claim prior to trial. In doing so, our lawyers presented evidence of 23 other sexual assaults that occurred on NCL ships within the fifteen months prior to our client’s rape and successfully argued that this raised the question of whether the cruise line had a duty to inform passengers of the risk of being raped.

Victory Against Carnival Cruise Line in Off-Ship Excursion Case

Our lawyers defeated Carnival Cruise Line’s attempt to dismiss a claim filed by a passenger who suffered a serious leg injury during an on-shore excursion. The claim involved negligence on the part of the cruise line.

Victory Against Celebrity Cruises in Dance Floor Fall Case

Our lawyers won a directed verdict against Celebrity Cruises in a case filed on behalf of a passenger who suffered a fractured hip and wrist when the passenger fell on the cruise ship’s dance floor.

Victory Against Royal Caribbean for Passenger Who Suffered Third-Degree Burns

Our lawyers secured a favorable verdict following a seven-day trial for a client who suffered third-degree burns while using the steam room onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

FAQs: Filing a Cruise Ship Injury Claim in Florida

What Does It Take to Prove a Cruise Ship Injury Case?

Generally, to recover financial compensation for cruise ship accidents, passengers must be able to prove negligence on the part of the cruise line. Crew members can obtain maintenance and cure benefits under the Jones Act without proof of negligence, but they must have evidence of fault in order to establish claims for full compensation.

What If the Cruise Line Made Me Sign a Waiver?

All cruise lines require their passengers to agree to waivers when they purchase their tickets. While these waivers provide some protection for cruise lines in some cases, they do not fully prevent passengers from filing claims when they suffer injuries—whether on land or at sea. So, even if you agreed to a waiver, you should not let this deter you from speaking with a Florida cruise ship injury lawyer about your legal rights.

Should I Hire a Florida Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer if I Live in Another State?

Yes, if you think you may have a claim related to a cruise that departed from or visited Florida, you should hire a Florida cruise ship injury lawyer regardless of where you live. Our lawyers represent passengers, crew members, and families nationwide, and you can get in touch with us 24/7.

Get a Free Consultation from an Experienced Florida Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer

To discuss your legal rights with a Florida cruise ship injury lawyer, call 800-499-0551 or contact us online now. We will make arrangements for you to speak with a lawyer in confidence as soon as possible.