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Cruise Ship Accidents

Fort Lauderdale Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys

Handling Injuries at Sea in Florida

Setting out on an adventurous cruise either as a passenger or crewmember can be an exhilarating experience. But if you become sick due to unsafe conditions while on a ship, are attacked, or are injured in some other way, your vacation can rapidly become a nightmare.

In recent years, the cruise ship industry has suffered a huge blow with an increasing number of cruise ship accidents occurring. In the case where a ship ran aground, injuring and killing passengers and crew, there can be many resulting injuries or worse. Another ship suffered an engine room fire, which disabled the ship’s power left the passengers and crew aboard stuck out at sea for several days in harsh conditions. There have also been incidents involving people being lost overboard, as well as dozens of onboard fires disrupting trips and injuring people onboard.

If you or a family member was injured, made ill, or assaulted on a cruise ship as a passenger or as a crew member, you need a knowledgeable Jones Act or cruise ship lawyer. When you call Ginnis & Krathen, P.A., you can expect to speak to a cruise ship accident attorney who can advise you on the best course of action and start you on the road to getting the reimbursement you deserve.

For honest and reliable legal service, contact our firm online or by phone at (954) 833-7044. Our team gives each case the attention it deserves.

Common Cruise Ship Accidents

Because cruise ships are popular tourist attractions that offer everything from swimming pools to rock climbing wills, there are a variety of hazards on board. Many people associate cruise ship accidents with drownings from falls, but the reality is that many different types of accidents can occur.

Some common ways passengers are injured on cruise ships include:

  • Slip and fall accidents, which can occur on wet and slippery floors, defective stairs, and over unsecured cables or torn carpeting. Cruise ship lips are responsible for keeping their premises safe and fixing any glaring issues.
  • Swimming pool accidents: Passengers have been known to suffer injuries from slips on swimming pool decks or near-drownings when there is no supervision around, such as if the pool is accessed after hours.
  • Injuries from collisions: If a cruise ship collides with another vessel, mass injuries can occur from being hit by flying or falling objects or falling.

Injuries can vary, but because many slip and fall accidents account for injuries aboard cruise shops, common injuries include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and head and brain injuries. Serious brain damage can occur if a person is deprived of oxygen for a period of time after drowning.

What Should I Do If I’m Injured on a Ship?

After you’ve been injured on a ship, there is a list of steps you must take to protect your health and ensure you’re able to recover damages. Cruise lines have their own attorneys and will do whatever it takes to protect their profits and their reputations – the more evidence you have to dispute any allegations, the better.

These steps include:

  • Reporting your accident and seeking medical attention from the ship’s doctor to diagnose injuries and have a record you can use
  • Avoid saying anything to cruise ship employees and staff, as anything you say can be used against you
  • Collect information from other passengers who witnessed your accident, and take photos or videos of the scene of the accident
  • Seek legal counsel from one of our experienced maritime lawyers

Why You Need a Cruise Ship Attorney

Why are cruise ship accident attorneys so important? A cruise can be a dream come true, but if you are injured onboard, it can quickly turn into a nightmare. Accidents, fires, illnesses, defective equipment, assaults, and other unsafe conditions on board or even on excursions can result in severe injuries or even death. Applicable laws vary depending on whether you were a passenger or crew member, and all of these are very complex.

That is why cruise ship accident victims need an experienced cruise ship lawyer on their side. A reputable cruise ship accident attorney will be able to aid you in navigating the legal complexities of maritime law, will have the resources necessary to investigate the accident, and will be able to properly advise you, giving you the time and care you deserve.

Damages our award-winning team has recovered for injured clients and families include, among others:

  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of companionship

If you or a loved one was injured in a cruise ship accident, call our Fort Lauderdale cruise ship accident attorneys immediately. We can assist you in getting the reimbursement you deserve.

Call our Fort Lauderdale cruise ship accident attorneys to get started on your claim at (954) 833-7044. We speak both English and Spanish for client convenience.

Every Case Matters

Millions of Dollars Recovered in Successful Verdicts & Settlements
  • Fatal Truck Accident $3,000,000

    We recovered $3 million for the family of a pedestrian who was fatally struck in a truck accident.

  • Slip & Fall $2,950,000

    Our client slipped and fell on commercial private property due to a leaking roof. As a result, Ginnis & Krathen, P.A. was able to secure $2.95 million for our client.

  • Rear-End Car Accident $2,000,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a rear-end motor vehicle crash on behalf of their clients in the amount of $2,000,000.00. Our clients were driving south on I-95 when they were rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The force of the crash was so significant that it sent our clients’ vehicle into a wooded area on the side of the road.

  • Motorcycle Accident $1,520,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a motorcycle crash involving a fatality in the amount of $1,520,000.00. The decedent was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a commercial vehicle.

  • Sidewalk Fall $1,400,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a Slip and Fall case on behalf of their client in the amount of $1,400,000. Due to the negligence of Defendant, our client fell in the common area of a 55+ condominium community and sustained significant injuries.

  • Rear-End Car Accident $1,350,000

    A drunk, uninsured driver going 60-70 mph crashed into the rear of a vehicle with a man and woman in their 70s and a 99-year-old passenger. Attorneys Eric Ginnis and H. Ross Zelnick successfully negotiated to obtain a $1.35 million settlement for the two seniors and the estate of the 99-year-old decedent.

  • Slip and Fall – Slippery Floor $950,000

    Our client slipped and fell on a very slippery polished marble floor. The carrier denied liability prior to a lawsuit being initiated. The attorneys at Ginnis & Krathen, P.A., after contested litigation,  we were able to reach a settlement for our client in the amount of $950,000.

  • Side-Swipe Auto Accident $900,000

    Ginnis and Krathen successfully resolved a side-swipe motor vehicle crash on behalf of their client in the amount of $900,000.00. Our client was operating his motor vehicle when he was sideswiped by another motor vehicle.

  • Automobile T-Bone Accident $750,000

    While traveling in their vehicle, our clients were struck on the side by a large pickup truck. Through aggressive presuit negotiations, with the Defendant’s insurance company, our attorneys were able to settle the case in an amount of $750,000.

  • Auto Sideswipe $650,000

    Our client was sideswiped by another vehicle and sustained injuries due to the crash. Our attorneys were able to settle the case in the amount of $650,000 for our client.


Client Testimonials

Real Stories, Real Recoveries
  • If we ever need a lawyer in the future they will be my first phone call

    “Ginnis & Krathen was not what I expected for a law firm. Eric and Milly are professional understanding and compassionate. If we ever need a lawyer in the future they will be my first phone call.”

    - Lisa T.
  • The best decision I made.

    “For the first time since the accident, I felt someone was on my side! I am very pleased with the settlement he negotiated for me, but more so for the personal level of service and professionalism during such a difficult time!”

    - Linda P.
  • Exceeded all my expectations.

    “I still can’t believe how they have exceeded all my expectations. They did an incredible job. I would strongly recommend them to anyone. Thanks so much. I’m so grateful a friend of my sister referred me to your office.”

    - Frantz M.
  • Knew exactly what was going on.

    “They all are friendly, and you won’t be passed off to a case manager. Any time I’ve called, I’ve spoken to an attorney or at least a paralegal. Some offices will pass you to a case manager or an intake rep. You won’t experience that”

    - Dee C.
  • Held my hand through the whole process.

    “Lissette went above and beyond the call of duty to help me. This group is awesome. They made a difficult situation pleasant and held my hand through the whole process.”

    - Julieanna J.

What Makes Us Different?

Learn About Our Unique Legal Approach
  • Proven Record of Success

    We have recovered millions of dollars in successful verdicts and settlements, including a seven-figure case that another firm turned down.

  • Trial-Ready Legal Advocacy

    Our personal injury attorneys have extensive jury trial experience and have collectively tried more than 250 jury trials to verdict.

  • Extensive Medical Resources

    Our firm benefits from a qualified network of medical experts who will waste no time in assessing your injuries, no matter how extensive.

  • A Network of Support

    When you hire us, you will benefit from the unwavering support of our attorneys, legal staff, forensic investigators and more. 

  • Personalized Legal Approach

    As our client, you can rest assured that your case will receive the personalized care and attention of a knowledgeable senior partner — no matter the size.

  • Maximized Case Value

    We are committed to maximizing the recovery that our clients deserve and have successfully settled cases that other law firms have turned down.