Cruise Ship / Boating Accident Claims
“I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern ship building has gone beyond that.” Captain Smith, Commander of Titanic Cruise Ship Claims.
Cruise ships are beautiful, but ships that sail the high seas can be dangerous. Too often an ocean cruise dream vacation turns into a nightmare when dangerous conditions on-board the ship, or excursions at ports of call, lead to the passenger’s injury or death.
When an accident occurs on board a cruise ship, the ship owner calls in their experienced lawyers to mount a defense. For inexperienced lawyers, the law favors the cruise ships. Most passengers (and lawyers) are not aware that the cruise ticket is a binding contract that limits the time within which to notify the cruise line of a claim, limits the time to file suit to one year, and can also require the injured passenger to file suit in Florida, or other specific maritime jurisdictions. To neutralize the advantage that the cruise line has, lawyer Edward R. Petkevis is licensed in the major maritime jurisdictions of Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the federal courts of New York. Unlike many lawyers that claim they can handle your case, but then refer it out to a lawyer licensed in that jurisdiction, we handle your claim from inception through judgment.
We have handled all types of passenger injuries that occur on a cruise:
- Slip and fall accidents on wet or uneven surfaces
- Accidents boarding, disembarking, or on a tender.
- Water slide, wave pool and swimming pool accidents.
- Personal Injury due to fire or collisions.
- Accidents on excursions at ports of call
Contaminated food resulting in severe illness (i.e. food poisoning, salmonella, shigellosis, and Norwalk like viruses, etc.)
Lawyer Malpractice:If your case was was entrusted to a non-admiralty lawyer, who claimed to have the ability to handle the case, and you suffered the unfortunate consequences, we will handle lawyer malpractice cases where a lawyer unskilled in admiralty law caused you to lose your case.
Cruise Ship Injuries
A personal injury that occurs on a cruise ships often involves dangerous premises, defective products, food poisoning, or medical malpractice. No matter where you live, we can help you with your cruise personal injury claim.
Recreational & Pleasure Boat Injuries
If you have suffered personal injury on a recreational or pleasure boat because of the negligence of another, from failure to heed the navigational Rules of the Road or due to boating under the influence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. We handle personal injury cases that involve a wide range of recreational boats, as well as jet and water skis.
Fatal Boating Accidents
If a person dies more than 3 miles from shore, the claim for compensation proceeds under admiralty law pursuant to the Death on High Seas Act (DOHSA). This federal statute not only governs deaths resulting from ship collisions with other marine vessels, but concerns all deaths occurring more than 3 miles from shore, even if a vessel is not involved, such as where an airplane crashes into the ocean.
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