Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer Tampa

Accidents on cruise ships occur far more often than people realize, and many times, these accidents are quite complex and very serious. With the cruise ship industry ramping up again after the COVID pandemic, Tampa Port Authority officials project that 187 cruise ships carrying more than 400,000 passengers will pass through Tampa this year, and because of that, Tampa Bay hospitals will see countless numbers of cruise ship accident victims.

Given the size and nature of these massive vessels, there are many areas and opportunities for an accident to occur while aboard a cruise ship. But even though it’s true that accidents can happen under any circumstances, many of the injuries and deaths that occur on cruise ships may have been avoidable with better trained maintenance and other personnel on the boat and its facilities. If you or a loved one has had an accident aboard a cruise ship, Future Firm Law is prepared to take on your case and represent your best interests.

Accidents on a Cruise Ship

Cruising was suspended worldwide in mid-March 2020. But in 2021, the cruise industry bounced back, welcoming almost 13.9 million passengers worldwide. Cruise experts predict that this year, cruise ship passengers will be back to pre-pandemic numbers, topping 25 million. With so many international travelers together on the high seas, it’s no surprise that accidents and injuries would happen. Some of the most common types of accidents on these large ships include:

  • Automatic door accidents
  • Trips/slips and falls
  • Drownings and pool accidents
  • Elevator and escalator accidents
  • Fires
  • Shore accidents
  • Legionnaire’s Disease
  • Viruses, including COVID-19
  • Bacterial infections
  • Collisions and accidents with other boats
  • Sexual Assault
  • Assault

In order to ascertain the extent of your injuries and the long-term costs of your medical treatment and rehabilitation with as much accuracy as possible, the cruise ship accident attorneys at Future Firm Law will secure expert medical testimony. We will carefully build your case to ensure you are fully compensated for any injuries you have sustained.

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Steps to Take After you are Involved in a Cruise Ship Accident

You may think it could never happen to you, but if you do suffer an injury, accident or assault while aboard a cruise ship, these are the steps you should take:

  • Seek medical attention – This is the first thing you should do when you suffer an injury at any time. But while on a cruise ship, it’s especially important to immediately see a ship’s medical doctor.
  • Report the incident to cruise ship personnel – You will also need to notify the cruise director or an officer, and ask that a complete investigation take place. If you are the victim of an assault, you should report the incident to the police or U.S. officials at the next port of call.
  • Get copies of your medical records and reports – They are your records, so you are entitled to them, and they may be used for investigative purposes at a later time.
    Get copies of the incident report or police report – Same as above.
  • Get a copy of your passenger injury statement – This may be obtained from the ship’s doctor or the ship personnel to whom you reported your injuries.
  • Document your cruise ship injuries – Both written and photographic.
  • Talk to witnesses and exchange information – This is an important step to verify your accounting of events.
  • Protect your interests – Contact Future Firm Law as soon as possible.

Liability for Cruise Ship Injuries in the State of Florida - Cruise Injury Attorney

Future Firm Law may employ private investigators to determine the circumstances and various facts of your cruise ship accident. The evidence they gather will prove the liability of all entities and negligent staff members involved in the incident.

Witnesses who were onboard the ship at the time may be able to provide testimonies that will reinforce your point of view and give perspective on the negligent party’s potentially dangerous practices. If needed, a reconstruction of the scene of the cruise ship accident can help identify additional facts and reveal which party is actually at fault. Among the most common negligence causes of cruise ship accidents by the ship’s owner, captain and crew members are:

Distracted captains who are unaware of other watercraft in the area.
Physical assaults by crew members and other passengers.
Failure to comply with safety standards.
Operating the cruise ship in unsafe weather.

Once the negligent party or parties are identified, Future Firm Law will handle negotiations with the liable party and their insurance company. Our personal injury lawyers are knowledgeable of the minute details and coverage limits of many insurance policies, and are well-equipped to use every available resource to secure the settlement you deserve. You may be eligible to receive lost wages from work, as well as compensation for medical bills, emotional distress, long-term rehabilitation and any other costs associated with your cruise ship accident.