We Represent Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones on Cruise Ships Departing from Ports in the U.S. and Abroad
While going on a cruise should not be dangerous, fatal accidents onboard cruise ships and at ports of call are alarmingly common. Cruise lines frequently fail to take adequate steps to protect their passengers’ and crew members’ safety, and then when accidents happen, surviving family members are left struggling to understand what went wrong and how they will be able to move on. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing individuals and families in cases involving cruise ship accidents. These cases present unique challenges; and, as a result, they require experienced legal representation. When you choose a cruise ship wrongful death lawyer at Brais Law Firm, your lawyer will rely on his or her experience to hold the cruise line or other at-fault party accountable, and your lawyer will do everything he or she can to help your family recover just compensation.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal cruise ship accident, it is important that you speak with a wrongful death lawyer promptly. The cruise line is not on your side, and you may need to act quickly to protect your family’s legal rights. With our lawyers’ experience in these cases, we can get to work protecting your family’s legal rights immediately, and we can walk you through everything you need to know as you move forward.
Types of Cruise Ship Wrongful Death Cases We Handle
We represent families of passengers and crew members in wrongful death cases against cruise lines and other entities. We handle cases involving all cruise lines and ports in the U.S. and abroad. This includes cases involving accidents and other causes of death such as:
- Assaults onboard and at ports of call
- Contagious and foodborne illnesses
- Medical malpractice in cruise ship medical facilities
- Overboard drownings
- Roller coaster, climbing wall and other onboard entertainment accidents
- Scuba diving and snorkeling accidents
- Shore excursion accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Tender, ferry, and other boat collisions
- Vehicle and scooter accidents at ports of call
- Weather-related cruise ship accidents
These are just examples. If you have lost a loved one on a cruise under any other circumstances, we strongly encourage you to speak with a cruise ship wrongful death lawyer at Brais Law Firm. We will thoroughly assess your family’s legal rights; and, if your family has a claim, we will fight to recover the compensation your family deserves.
Understanding Families’ Rights After Fatal Cruise Ship Accidents
Families who have lost passengers and crew members in fatal cruise ship accidents have clear legal rights under U.S. maritime laws. Protecting these legal rights is critical for securing financial compensation and beginning the process of moving on. In cruise ship wrongful death cases, families’ legal rights include:
1. The Right to Investigate the Accident
When you lose a loved one in a fatal cruise ship accident, you do not have to—and should not—accept the cruise line’s account of what happened. Your family has the right to conduct an independent investigation, and conducting an investigation promptly will be key to collecting the evidence needed to assert your family’s legal rights. Whether your loved one’s fatal accident happened onboard a cruise ship, in the water or on land at a port of call, our lawyers can use their experience in these cases to collect the available evidence and gain a clear understanding of exactly what happened and why.
2. The Right to Obtain Records and Other Documents
In addition to gathering evidence of liability through an investigation, families also have the right to obtain records and other documents from the cruise line or other at-fault party. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, families gain the ability to take “discovery,” and this allows access to the at-fault party’s personnel and maintenance records, internal communications, and other relevant documents.
3. The Right to Hold the At-Fault Party(ies) Responsible
Whether the cruise line, an excursion operator or another company is liable for your loved one’s death, your family has the right to hold the at-fault party responsible. In some cases, multiple parties will share responsibility, and families will be able to file multiple claims to increase their financial recovery. A cruise ship wrongful death lawyer at Brais Law Firm can fully assess your family’s legal rights and pursue all available claims on your family’s behalf.
4. The Right to Full Compensation
U.S. maritime laws entitle grieving families to just compensation for all of the losses they suffer as a result of their loved one’s death. This includes compensation for medical bills, loss of income and inheritance, loss of companionship and consortium, and other forms of financial and non-financial harm. However, families only get one chance to recover this compensation, so it is extremely important that they rely on an experienced cruise ship wrongful death lawyer to help them assert their legal rights.
5. The Right to Hire a Wrongful Death Lawyer at No Out-of-Pocket Cost
You have the right to hire a lawyer to deal with the cruise line (or other at-fault party(ies)) on your family’s behalf. You do not have to try to handle your family’s situation on your own. You can hire a wrongful death lawyer to calculate your family’s losses and fight for just compensation on your family’s behalf, and you can rely on your family’s lawyer to act with your family’s best interests in mind.
When you choose Brais Law Firm, it costs nothing out of pocket to put an experienced cruise ship wrongful death lawyer on your family’s side. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we will only collect a fee if we help your family recover just compensation.
Speak with a Cruise Ship Wrongful Death Lawyer at Brais Law Firm
For more information about how we help grieving families recover after fatal cruise ship accidents, contact us to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation. Call 800-499-0551 or contact us online to speak with a cruise ship wrongful death lawyer today.