Miami is one of the largest ports in the world for cruise ships, with cruise ships and millions of passengers departing from the port every year. While most cruise ship passengers enjoy their vacation and return home with photos and a lifetime of wonderful memories, cruise ships can and do cause serious injury in Miami and in other ports.
If you have been injured on a cruise ship in Miami or anywhere in South Florida, contact Flaxman Law Group. Cruise ships take many precautions to avoid liability. They are often registered out-of-country and have clauses in passenger agreements to limit their liability. If you are injured, a good attorney can help you navigate your claim.
Types of Cruise Ship Injuries
When injuries do happen on cruise ships, they can be devastating. Common types of cruise ship injury include:
- Food-borne illness
- Theft and fraud
- Ship collisions
- Falls overboard
- Falls on deck
- Slip and fall incidents
- Outbreaks of illness
The fact that cruise ships are a contained space with lots of strangers means when a crime occurs, those affected may not be able to escape their abusers. The fact that the ship moves can also cause instability which can make falls and injuries more likely.
Recently, cruise ship injuries have been more in the news because of the number of COVID-19 outbreaks which occurred on cruise ships in 2020. However, cruise ship injuries are nothing new. Both staff and other passengers can assault, mug, or otherwise harm passengers. The very nature of a sea voyage can cause falls and injuries, and with food needing to be stored on longer trips and served to thousands of people at a time, food-borne illness can occur.
Who is Liable?
When a passenger is injured on a cruise ship, they may have a premises liability claim against the cruise ship, the cruise ship company, and potentially other liable parties. Cruise ship lines take great care to reduce liability and to reduce the risk of legal claims. Some ask passengers to sign waivers in some cases. Despite this, cruise ship lines have a legal obligation to take reasonable steps to keep passengers safe. If they fail to do so, they may be held liable.
Cruise ship lines have teams of attorneys to protect them, so if you are injured on a cruise ship in Miami, you will want an experience attorney representing you. You can always contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a Miami cruise ship injury attorney. Our legal team has over six decades of combined experience. We have already recovered millions of dollars on behalf of plaintiffs like you, who have been injured through no fault of their own.