Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Holding a Cruise Line Accountable for Your Injuries

Holding a Cruise Line Accountable for Your Injuries

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Holding a Cruise Line Accountable for Your Injuries

When you go on a cruise vacation, you anticipate having the experience of a lifetime and enjoying new sights and adventures as you and your fellow passengers travel across the open seas. With all of the fun and relaxation to be had on board, you may never entertain the idea that you could get seriously hurt because of the negligence of the cruise company and its employees. However, recent news stories have brought to the public’s attention the frequency with which these on board accidents can happen. If you are hurt while you are on a cruise vacation, you can get legal closure and seek the compensation you need to move forward by taking these necessary actions in the first few days and weeks after the accident.

Get Documentation of your Accident

Given that you are on board a ship with hundreds, if not thousands of fellow passengers, you should have no problem getting 3996704851 ceb6fd847a m Holding a Cruise Line Accountable for Your Injuries documentation and eyewitness testimony of your accident. Even if you got hurt inside your cabin, you can still get documentation if you report the injury right away to the captain, the first mate, or the medical staff traveling with you. When you have documentation of your accident, you can present that evidence to your lawyer after you dock and return home. This proof will be your platform on which you can build your legal case against the travel company.

The website of Doyle Raizner LLP, http://www.doyleraizner.com/ states “The cruise industry is required to follow certain safety standards.  Unfortunately, cruise lines may not always abide by these standards, putting those traveling on their cruise ships at risk.  Whether you have been seriously injured due to hazardous conditions on a cruise ship, or the cruise ship you are traveling on has been in an accident, you are entitled to just compensation.”

Hire an Attorney if You Do Not Already Have One on Retainer

After you get home from your cruise, your next step should be to hire an attorney. As soon as you have a lawyer on retainer, you can then let your counsel take over and guide you in everything you need to say and do to get the case moving in your direction. Along with your proof of your injury, you may also present medical reports, pictures, videos, and other testimony of your injured body part. This evidence can be collected and presented to the court when your case is entered into the court’s docket.

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Once you launch legal action against the cruise line, you will undoubtedly be inundated with phone calls, emails, letters, and other communications from the company, asking you to drop or settle the case. It is vital that you resist the urge to speak to the company’s legal team and instead let your own attorney step in on your behalf. The vacation business will have a large and highly trained legal team that is ready to dazzle you with incentives and settlement offers. As much as you may want to negotiate your own conclusion to your case, it is imperative that you trust your lawyer and let this professional negotiate a settlement that is in your favor right now and in the years to come. When you allow your attorney to handle the matter from the time you hire them until the time the court closes your claim, you stand the best chance of getting the full justice and compensation to which you are rightfully entitled.

Your cruise vacation can quickly turn into a high seas nightmare if you are injured while on board. When you need and want closure and compensation, you should follow these critical steps to make sure you have the best chance of legal success against the vacation company.

Valerie Stout Cyrus is a freelance writer who frequently researches personal injury claims. Valerie is planning a cruise for her family this summer. The thought of being out in the middle of the ocean is scary enough without the threat of an injury at sea. She was comforted by the fact that cruise lines are liable for adhering to safety regulations and can be held accountable in a court of law.

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