Injured on a Cruise Departing from Miami? Discuss Your Legal Rights with a Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer

The Port of Miami has some of the busiest cruise terminals in the world. Several cruise lines call the Port of Miami (also simply known as Port Miami) home, and many more visit Port Miami year-round as a port of call. If you’ve been injured on a cruise ship departing from or visiting Port Miami, you have clear legal rights under U.S. maritime law. But, to assert these rights, you will need an experienced cruise ship injury attorney on your side. 

Brais Law Knows Both Sides of the Coin When it Comes to Cruise Accident Cases

At Brais Law Firm, our lawyers have decades of experience representing cruise passengers, crew members, and their families, and we can use this experience to hold the cruise line accountable for your injury-related losses. 

Before establishing Brais Law for solely protecting the rights of injured individuals, Keith Brais spent nearly 20 years defending cruise lines from injury claims. He became a Florida board certified expert in admiralty and maritime law and won many acknowledgements for excellence in the process. 

One day he won a case that didn’t sit well with him. Keith decided to change sides and build a firm that delivers personalized attention and helps injured passengers and crew members get the compensation they need. 

Contact the Firm That Isn’t Intimidated by Big Cruise Liner Insurance Companies

If you have suffered a serious injury in any type of accident onboard a cruise ship—whether due to a slippery surface, inadequate maintenance, lack of supervision, a drunk passenger or any other factor beyond your control—contact a cruise injury attorney at our Miami office right away. We never back down when it comes to protecting our client’s rights.

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Are You Entitled to Financial Compensation for Your Cruise Ship Injury?

Cruise ship passengers, crew members, and their families can file claims for financial compensation following all types of injuries and illnesses. If you or a loved one has been injured on a cruise, do you have a claim? If your answer is “Yes” to any of the following questions, you should speak with a cruise injury lawyer about your legal rights as soon as possible. 

Did You Get Injured as a Passenger on a Cruise?

Cruise passengers face a variety of health and safety risks onboard. When accidents lead to injuries, passengers will often have claims against the cruise line for just compensation. For example, some common causes of cruise ship injuries for which passengers can seek financial compensation include:

  • Accidents involving bad weather or rough seas
  • Casino and dance floor accidents
  • Collisions with other passengers or objects
  • Elevator and escalator accidents
  • Falls caused by spills and other hazards
  • Falls overboard
  • FlowRider accidents
  • Rock climbing wall accidents
  • Swimming pool and waterslide accidents
  • Other accidents involving onboard activities and amenities
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Did You Get Sick as a Passenger on a Cruise?

Cruise ship passengers can also seek compensation when they get sick onboard in many cases. Cruise lines have a duty to protect their passengers from foodborne and communicable diseases, including:  

These, too, are just examples. If the cruise line should have undertaken measures to protect your health and failed to do so, you could have a claim for significant financial compensation.

Were You Injured During a Shore Excursion?

For many cruise ship passengers, going on shore excursions is one of the primary attractions of cruising. Unfortunately, many shore excursions are not as safe as they should be, with issues ranging from poorly maintained equipment to inexperienced and unqualified staff. Even when cruise lines do not operate shore excursions themselves, they can often be held liable for accidents that happen in the water and onshore.

For example, if a cruise line recommends a particular excursion company, it may have a duty to warn of potential risks, and it may be legally responsible when passengers get injured due to relying on its recommendation. Our lawyers represent passengers and families following all types of shore excursion accidents, including accidents involving swimming, snorkeling, jet skis, hiking and other activities.

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Were You Raped or Sexually Assaulted Onboard a Cruise Ship?

Along with protecting passengers from accident-related injuries and onboard illnesses, cruise lines also have a duty to protect their passengers from rapes and sexual assaults. If the cruise line failed to protect you then they, along with the perpetrator, can be held accountable.  A cruise ship lawyer with us can guide you through this difficult process. You focus on recovery while we tenaciously pursue damages for what happened.

Are You a Cruise Ship Crew Member Who Has Gotten Hurt or Sick on the Job?

Cruise ship crew members face a variety of risks on the job. These include many of the same risks as passengers, from the risk of slipping and falling on deck to the risk of being served contaminated foods. In addition to representing cruise ship passengers, we also represent crew members who have suffered job-related injuries and illnesses onboard. If you live in Miami or work on a cruise ship that stops in Miami, our injury lawyers can help you assert your rights under the Jones Act.

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Cruise Lines Based in Miami

Our lawyers handle serious and fatal injury claims against all cruise lines based in Miami. This includes the following cruise lines, all of which have designated Port Miami as their homeport:

  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Carnival
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • MSC Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Viking Ocean cruises
  • Virgin Voyages

Even If Your Cruise Line was Only Visiting Miami, You Have Legal Protections under Local Maritime Laws

Our attorneys also handle all types of injury claims against cruise lines that visit Miami as a port of call. This includes the following cruise lines headquartered in the U.S. and abroad:

  • AIDA
  • Hapag-Lloyd
  • Hurtigruten
  • P&O Cruises
  • Phoenix
  • Princess Cruises
  • SAGA
  • Scenic Luxury Cruises
  • Seabourn
  • TUI Cruises
  • Windstar Cruises

Regardless of where your cruise line or cruise ship is based, if you have visited (or will visit) Port Miami during your cruise, you should speak with a Miami cruise ship injury lawyer about your legal rights. At Brais Law Firm, we represent individuals who live in all 50 states and in countries around the world, and we have a proven record of success recovering just compensation for passengers, crew members and their families under U.S. maritime law.

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Examples of Our Success in Cruise Ship Injury Cases involving Port Miami

Here are some examples of our lawyers’ victories for cruise ship passengers and crew members in Miami:

  • Victory Against Celebrity Cruises in Unsafe Staircase: Our lawyers defeated Celebrity Cruises’ attempt to avoid liability for a passenger’s knee injury caused by an unsafe staircase in Miami’s federal court by showing that the safety hazard was the result of inadequate maintenance.
  • Victory Against NCL (Bahamans) in Passenger Rape Case: Our lawyers defeated NCL’s attempt to dismiss our client’s case accusing the cruise line of negligence resulting in the client’s onboard rape.
  • Victory Against Royal Caribbean in Crew Member Injury Case: After a three-week trial in Miami state court, our lawyers secured a favorable jury verdict for a Royal Caribbean crew member who got injured onboard.
  • Victory Against Celebrity Cruises in a Shore Excursion Case: Our lawyers secured a favorable decision in Miami’s federal court in a case involving injuries suffered during a shore excursion.
  • Victory Against Carnival Cruise Lines in a Shore Excursion Case: Our lawyers also secured a victory in Miami’s federal court in another shore excursion case against Carnival Cruise Lines.

How We Prove Negligence to Protect Your Rights

When seeking financial compensation for a cruise ship injury or illness, your attorney will need to be able to present as much evidence as possible. Though our skilled legal team conducts a comprehensive investigation and obtains documents from the cruise line as necessary, it will be helpful if you can provide certain pieces of evidence as well. If you have any of the following, we encourage you to have them with you during your free initial consultation:

  • Photos or videos from the accident scene
  • Medical records from your time in the cruise ship’s infirmary
  • Names of any family members or other witnesses who know what happened
  • Your cruise ticket or excursion ticket and any other relevant documentation
  • Any documentation you received from the cruise line after reporting your injury or illness
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FAQs: Filing a Claim for a Cruise Ship Injury in Miami

What Financial Compensation Can You Recover for a Cruise Ship Injury?

Are Cruise Lines Liable for Their Employees’ Negligence and Misconduct?

Should I Hire a Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer in Miami if I Live in a Different City?

What Financial Compensation Can You Recover for a Cruise Ship Injury?

Cruise ship passengers and crew members can often recover significant financial compensation for injuries and illnesses sustained at sea. The specific amount you can recover will depend on the facts of your case, and our lawyers will work closely with you to maximize your financial recovery.

Are Cruise Lines Liable for Their Employees’ Negligence and Misconduct?

Yes, cruise lines are generally liable for their employees’ negligence and misconduct. If you were harmed by a cruise line employee, you will want to speak with a cruise ship attorney about your legal rights.

Should I Hire a Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer in Miami if I Live in a Different City?

Yes, no matter where you live, if you were injured on a cruise ship that departed from or visited Miami, you should contact a local injury lawyer knowledgeable in handling cruise ship cases. At Brais Law Firm, our lawyers are available to speak with passengers and crew members around the world 24/7.

If You are Unsure of What You Should Do, Call Us to Get Direction in an Initial Consultation at No Charge

Cruise ship accident cases can be complicated but it’s important to know that you do have rights under state, federal and international maritime laws. Contact us today to schedule a time to speak with a cruise ship injury attorney serving the Miami area about your legal rights. Call 800-499-0551 or tell us how we can reach you online to get a free consultation.

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