Cruise Ship Accident
Cruise ship accidents are not as rare as you might think. In fact, as the home base for several cruise ships, Los Angeles hospitals see victims of cruise ship accidents every year. There are many opportunities for an accident aboard a cruise ship, but many could have been avoided with better preparation and training of cruise ship personnel or maintenance and security of cabins and ship facilities. Certified personal injury attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm have extensive experience representing people injured aboard a cruise ship.
Although minor injuries are common, and cruise ships have an onboard clinic to treat passengers and crew, cruise ship accidents have caused severe injuries, including loss of life. Victims that require immediate medical attention may suffer from the delay in transporting them to shore by helicopter. In an emergency situation, victims or their families should contact one of our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible to ensure access to required medical facilities and treatments. Our early involvement is particularly critical for victims lacking sufficient coverage under a medical insurance policy to fund treatment.
Unsecured storage of supplies and equipment by negligent crew can lead to accidents as the ship sways on the ocean. Ships have lost power, leaving passengers to float in the darkness until help arrives. Other boats have seen infectious viruses and dysentery sweep through the population. Cruise ship accident victims are more likely to suffer injuries, such as broken bones or head trauma, as a result of a fall or trip. To accurately assess the extent and long-terms costs of your medical treatment and rehabilitation, the attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm can acquire expert medical testimony. Our doctor-experts have evaluated the extent of many types of injuries, including:
- Brain concussions and cranial fractures
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Lung damage due to water related accidents
- Bleeding of the internal organs
- Fractures and dislocated bones
- Cuts and severe lacerations
To best represent your interests to the court and the negligent party’s insurance company, an accident injury lawyer with experience in maritime law should be chosen. The attorneys of Wilshire Law Firm have represented cruise ship accident passengers by securing financial settlements that satisfied their immediate and long-term needs.
The firm is fully prepared to pursue legal action that ensures you are justly compensated for all costs, pain and suffering, and lost income. We represent our clients on a contingent fee basis. You pay no money up front, and we cover all trial expenses. The firm is not reimbursed or compensated for our services until a settlement in your favor is reached.
We often use private investigators to determine the facts and circumstances of your cruise ship accident. That evidence can prove the liability and contributory liability of all negligent parties. Testimony from witnesses can be secured to reinforce your depiction of events and better express the negligent party’s inattentive or dangerous practices. Reconstruction or re-enactment of the accident scene can help determine facts and reveal fault by the appropriate party. The following negligent acts by the ship’s owner and crew are among the most common causes of cruise ship accidents:
- Failure to comply with safety standards
- Wet surfaces that lack sufficient caution signs
- Distracted captains unaware of other watercraft in the area
- Operating a cruise ship in unsafe weather conditions
- Falling equipment
- Physical assaults by other passengers and crew
Wilshire Law Firm is proud to provide aggressive, honest, and ethical representation for cruise ship accident victims. Answers to any questions you may have about the legal process are available by contacting our counselors. We can travel to your home or medical facility for all meetings, if that is more appropriate.If you or someone you know was injured during a cruise or in an accident including a cruise ship, please contact Wilshire Law Firm at (800)522-7274.