If you endure serious injuries while on board a cruise ship, you must take specific steps in order to ensure your rights to a compensation. Because there have been many cruise ships disasters in recent times, you need to be aware and knowledgeable on what to do if you do get hurt while on board. The crew members and operators have been specifically trained on ways to protect the cruise ship and themselves from any fault, this is why it is detrimental that you perform the appropriate measures and work on your case promptly.
Due to a growth in cruise ship usage and accommodating thousands and thousands of passengers, accidents in a cruise ship have become a daily thing. Many people suffer injuries and even losses while maybe taking their dream vacation to Hawaii. Many people are unaware of the information in back of their tickets that explains how if they want to file a claim, they have to report the accident and only have a set time frame to do so.
Something that needs to be made aware of is the place where it took place. There are many laws pertaining to that under the Maritime law, and to know about what your rights are, you need to speak with an accomplished Litigator who has experience with the Maritime laws. Our main goals are to regain financial expenses as well as, a sense of hope to your life. We have experienced cruise accident attorneys with extensive backgrounds and experiences in handling victims of harms received at sea, including both the passenger and the crew members.
Maritime Case Length
There are a number of factors that can affect how long the case of a shipboard accident will take. Some of those components are:
- The types of damages that happened
- The cruise line company delay tactics
- Federal or state court type
- The need for medical tests and surgeries
- The delay of the victim because of the injuries
- The complexity of maritime laws and procedures
- The large compensations
- The amount of people, witnesses, doctors, and other moving parts
What Do You Do?
You may be wondering, what should I do after a cruise ship accident? Who can help me? I will explain in detail the course of action that needs to be taken once you’ve become a victim in a cruise ship accident.
Report the accident or injury to the security department on the cruise ship: This is really important because gathering as much information as you can, and having the documents to prove it, is a very important factor in developing your case. You will need to document all of the witnesses’ names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, any other information that you can contact them through, and statements of what they saw while they were at the scene. Along with the witnesses, include the crew member’s information who were involved in your accident. Write down as many details as possible and while doing so, never state who did it, or accept the blame for what happened. The cruise ships have their own cruise line attorneys that make the reports, and these reports are done to steer clear from any fault. While doing the report, make sure to state with detail everything that happened. Try to get a copy of the report, if not take a picture of it because most likely they will not provide you with a copy of it.
Seek medical Assistance: The best thing to do is to visit the cruises medical department. Get in documentation all injuries sustained and details about them. If there’s any visible injuries, or any internal injuries. Write down any information on drugs administered at the time, or prescribed to take. After you have gotten off the cruise ship, you must follow-up with another doctor to make sure your injuries have not gotten worse. By doing this, you are proving that those injuries were caused on the cruise ship and that you took the responsibility to follow- up on those injuries
Take photographs and videotape: Take as many pictures as possible and try to document it on video as well. Pictures can sometimes not show what is essential. Try to use a high-quality camera that is able to clearly show everything if zoomed in and zoomed out. Take pictures of your injuries, and of the scene of the accident. Make sure to include the environment of where it took place, if there were any warning signs or lack of, if there was enough lighting or lack of, and any other factors that you may think are important in your case. Take pictures of any lacerations, bruises, and scrapes that you received and anything else you are physically able to see. A picture can speak a thousand words.
Do not sign any documentations: You don’t have to sign any documents unless you agree and understand them. If they give you documents to sign, first have a litigator who knows about maritime laws and injuries look over them. By signing a document that you have no idea what it consists of, you may be putting yourself under the bus and losing all chances of making a case.
Seek someone who is knowledgeable: Cruise ship injuries are quite complex because they include many variables and fall under the maritime law. It can be quite confusing if you don’t know or are not familiar with the maritime laws. Make sure the lawyer you hire has a background and has already dealt with shipboard accidents that led to injuries and or death.
We know each step that is necessary to take under the maritime law. We have over two decades of experience and knowledge that has allowed us to successfully aid victims of cruise ship accidents that endured injuries. We know your rights. Meet with a personal injury attorney today and find out the answers to all your questions.