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OCEAN BUOY 2Face it, we all love vacations. They are a time to get away, clear your head, and simply relax.  What we do not want is to face a tragedy while on vacation. Tragedy can happen anywhere and to anybody. For instance, just two months ago, a passenger fell off a cruise ship off the coast of Florida. Prior to falling overboard, the passenger was involved in a verbal altercation with several of the ship’s crewmembers. These crewmembers yelled many gay slurs at said passenger who was on a vacation with his husband. Following the verbal altercations the passenger was seen falling off the side of the ship and grabbing a hold of a lifeboat. Cell phone videos captured this scary scene. The passenger eventually lost his grip and fell into the dark, treacherous ocean. The frantic search that covered 931 nautical miles was unsuccessful, and the investigation is currently pending as to the cause of this tragic incident.

Tragic accidents, can happen to anyone anywhere, even on cruise ships. If you are a cruise ship passenger or crewmember and you are injured on the cruise ship, you should hire an experienced lawyer for your case. There are special laws, both federal and international, that govern injury and death claims at sea. Fortunately, the Florida cruise ship accident lawyers at Gerson and Schwartz, PA have significant experience aggressively pursuing claims against all the major cruise lines including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess Cruises, Disney Cruise Lines, Holland America, Celebrity, Costa, Seabourn, Regent, Crystal and many other vessels.   

What to Do if You or a Loved One is Injured on a Cruise Ship

You must act fast if you or a loved one is injured on a cruise ship. When you purchase your ticket for the cruise, you are actually entering into a contract with the cruise line. This contract, in writing, indicates how long you have to file a lawsuit if you are injured, for example. This time limit can be as short as six months to one year. Thus, it is critical that you hire an attorney as soon as possible to beginning working on your case.

You should immediately contact the ship safety and/or security officer to report the accident.  You should also provide, in writing, notice that you intend to file a claim. If you were assisted by anyone at the time of the injury, you should get their names and request a copy of any documents, especially those they ask you to fill out. Also get the names and contact information of any witnesses. If you are a victim of a serious crime, you should report it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”). It is also a good idea to take photos of the scene where the accident occurred. This will safeguard you if the cruise line later destroys evidence. Of course, you should seek medical help as soon as possible on the ship. Once docked, you should seek medical attention off the ship, as well.    

Take Action for Your Case by Hiring an Experienced Attorney

Due to the several complexities in these cases, it is critical to contact an experienced maritime lawyer if you or a loved one are injured at sea. Our Miami, Florida maritime Lawyers at Gerson and Schwartz PA are highly experienced and know what to do. Our attorneys are skilled at representing passengers and crew members who suffer serious and catastrophic injuries. If you are injured, we will fight to enforce your legal rights. We will not hesitate to bring your case to trial if a fair settlement offer is not made.

blue skyFor cruise trips, shore excursions are rapidly growing in popularity and variety. Shore excursions help maintain the interest and attention of passengers of a particular cruise. Excursions typically offer access to a wide variety of tourist areas that are different from the ports and harbors where the cruise ship rests. They are also popular because by booking a specific excursion, the individual does not have to stress about sightseeing on this or her own. Instead, the cruise ship will take care of this. The cruise company will choose a relevant and necessary onshore tourist site and allow the individual to enjoy the highest quality of time there.

Albeit fun and convenient, excursion accidents do happen, and these accidents are sometimes tragic. Just last summer an Alaska sightseeing excursion plane crashed killing all nine passengers including the pilot! This plane was carrying cruise ship passengers on a shore excursion when it suddenly crashed near Ketchikan in the Misty Fjords area. Said plane was first reported missing at around 2:06 p.m., or 6:06 p.m. Eastern Time. Less than 30 minutes after the initial report, said plane was spotted by a helicopter crew against a granite rock face. Search and rescue teams then reached the crash site which was nearly 800 feet above Ella Lake.  

Maritime laws differ significantly from ordinary personal injury laws and are highly complex and unique. Maritime laws maintain several rules pertaining to the time you may file your claim, legal liability, and the amount of money recoverable from your case. Generally, maritime law consists of a combination of different bodies of law from federal statutes, international treaties, laws of contract, and even substantive foreign law. Many people are unaware that maritime laws may govern their accident. Thus, if you are injured in a maritime accident, you should contact a qualified Florida maritime attorney.

Maritime Law and its Complexities

Maritime laws differ from your ordinary personal injury laws. For example, if a person dies more than three nautical miles off the shore, the federal law “Death on the High Seas Act” (“DOHSA”) will apply instead of state law. DOHSA maintains that only the decedent’s personal representative may bring a claim on behalf of the decedent’s surviving relatives.

Additionally, pay attention to your cruise ship ticket as it normally lists contractual limitations to filing personal injury claims.  Normally, the cruise line will have you agree, in writing, to provisions requiring you to file lawsuits in foreign jurisdictions. Cruise lines may also insert provisions in attempt to disavow liability for various aspects of the trip, such as port-of-call excursions.      

Take Action for Your Case

Due to the complexities and variations in every maritime accident case, it is important that an experienced maritime lawyer represents you. The maritime law attorneys at Gerson and Schwartz, PA are licensed to practice law in all Florida state and federal courts. We are affiliated with other lawyers in virtually all jurisdictions where we are not admitted to practice. Our attorneys have 80 years of collective experience handling such claims. We will take your civil case on a contingency basis. This means that you will not owe us anything unless we recover money on your behalf. Call us today for a FREE consultation.   

file7241281863954Instances of rape, sexual assault, and other sex crimes occur frequently on cruise ships. Just last year a cruise ship employee used a master key to enter the room of a female passenger. He hid on the room’s balcony until she returned. On her return to the room, she went to bed and was awakened by the intruder. The crewmember began choking her. The passenger fought for her life in every way she could by biting him and stabbing him with a corkscrew. The passenger was sexually assaulted, punched, and beaten with a laptop and a curling iron. She incurred brain injuries, fractures to her skull, spine, and face, and numerous bite marks. The crewmember even tried to snap the passenger’s neck. The crewmember tried to kill her. He became nervous when other passengers began knocking on the door and jumped off the balcony to the lower level in hopes of getting away. He was eventually caught.

Maritime law holds cruise lines strictly liable for the intentional, wrongful, and criminal acts of their employees. This includes rape and sexual assault. Rules of law governing conduct on cruise ships can be complex. To add to the complexities, cruise ships are governed by federal law, not state law, when the cruise ship is more than three nautical miles out at sea. If you or a loved one is a victim of a crime on a cruise ship, it is important that you seek the representation of an experienced maritime law attorney. The Miami, Florida maritime lawyers at Gerson and Schwartz PA have experience filing claims against all the major cruise lines.

The Cruise Ship Vessel Security Act of 2010

Today, there are nearly 200 cruise vessels worldwide. On average, a cruise ship vessel carries 2,000 passengers and around 950 crewmembers. In the year of 2007, around 12,000,000 people worldwide were projected to embark on a cruise. While on a cruise, passengers are particularly vulnerable to crime. Those who are victimized on a cruise often lack the ability to understand their legal rights and do not know whom they should contact.  

To aid these crime victims, the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 was signed into legislation by President Barack Obama. Per this Act, all cruise ship operators are required by federal law to file reports of all rape and sexual assault to the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Department of Homeland Security. Cruise lines are also required to maintain and report all sex crimes. The Act also imposes other safety and security requirements on cruise ship vessels. This list includes, but is certainly not limited to, sharing room key access logs, providing surveillance video and even keeping a rape kit along with supply of antiviral medications to help prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.

Take Action if You are a Victim of a Crime on a Cruise Ship

Despite the existence of these safety measures, the laws governing cruise ships are complex and it is in your best interest to contact a knowledgeable and experienced Florida maritime lawyer at Gerson and Schwartz PA. Our attorneys are at the forefront of assisting cruise ship passenger including cruise ship crime victims across the United States. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a rape, sexual assault, or other violent crime on a cruise ship, contact our law firm for a FREE consultation.

450894208_f1a963aa17Last December, a Honduran man was arrested after allegedly fondling an 11-year-old girl aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship. The ship disembarked from Port Miami for a weekend long cruise. While aboard the ship, the girl told her parents that the man, 31-year-old Palma Ortega, had fondled her three times. If you or someone you love was the victim of sexual assault on a cruise ship, consider contacting a Miami Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Attorney.

Miami-Dade police are charging Ortega with three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor, and he is being held without bond. Upon detention, Ortega confessed to the crime. In the state of Florida, the lewd or lascivious molestation of a child under 12 is a felony punishable by 25 years to life in prison. The man is also on an immigration hold and may be subject to deportation.

It is not clear yet whether or not Ortega was a crewmember of the Disney cruise line, but regardless, the cruise ship company does not have the best track record of responding to sexual assaults by their crew members. In 2013, a similar event took place, where an 11-year-old girl was groped by a dining room employee on the Disney Dream cruise ship while the ship was docked at Port Canaveral. Local police could not arrest the man because Disney did not report the assault until the next day. Instead of receiving justice, the man was sent back to his home country of India.

Premise Liability Claims on Cruise Ships

The victim’s parents have a right to sue Disney Cruise Lines if the perpetrator was a crew member or if inadequate security led to the assault.

In 2010, President Obama signed into law the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act. The law requires cruise ship administrators to report all instances of sexual assaults and other violent crimes and implement safety measures to prevent these occurrences from happening. Now cruise ships are required to maintain video surveillance and keep rape kits onboard. Before this law, cruise ships could prevent police from accessing their ships for investigations and at times protected their crew members from punishments for their crimes.

Florida is the only state that allows jurisdiction for state police over sexual assaults that occur in international waters. State prosecutors also have the power to charge any passenger or crew member that commit these crimes. Other states usually have to defer the investigation to the FBI.

Contact a Miami Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Lawyer Today

If you or someone you loved was the victim of a sexual assault or rape aboard a cruise ship, do not hesitate to contact an attorney. At Gerson & Schwartz P.A. we have extensive experience going toe to toe with all the major cruise line companies and have an excellent track record of receiving favorable settlements. All our cases are conducted on a contingent fee so there are no attorney’s fees unless we recover money on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation.

file0001442567760While the exact details of the accident are still under investigation, what is clear is that a crew member died in a Carnival Ecstasy elevator while passengers caught glimpses of the gruesome scene. The ship was in the last legs of a Caribbean cruise departing from Miami when Florida residents Matt Davis and his wife were walking toward the elevator and noticed it was malfunctioning, only partly open and dripping with a copious amount of blood. When they alerted the cruise ship’s staff, they were told to leave the scene and enter the restaurant.

Miami-Dade police are currently investigating the freak accident that killed electrician Jose Sandoval Opazo, 66, of Liguria, Italy. Carnival Cruise Line has been reluctant to provide many details regarding the incident but do extend their support to the victim and his family. Witnesses of the accident say that crew members told them that Opazo was working either inside or behind the elevator when the elevator came down. If you were injured or lost a loved one aboard a cruise ship consider contacting a Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorney.

Carnival Cruise Line has been fraught with controversy surrounding various catastrophic accidents in recent years. In 2012 the Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy, killing 32 people. The cause of the accident was the hubris of the ship’s captain who intentionally steered the ship too close to shore. In 2013 the Carnival Triumph caught fire, which knocked out the ship’s power, leaving the cruise stranded for four days without working toilets.

Legal Recourse for Victim’s Family

A common misconception surrounding cruise ship injuries and wrongful death claims is that they fall under the same rules and laws as land-based accidents such as car crashes and premise liability claims. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Because these accidents happen at sea, they fall under maritime law and various requirements and restrictions apply to filing a lawsuit.

Cruise ship companies often insert various provisions into their tickets that set the rules for filing lawsuits. This often includes shortening the window available to file a lawsuit and requiring a written notice be sent to the cruise liner before a lawsuit can be filed. While cruise ship employees do not have to agree to these rules, they may have certain language in their contracts that may make it more difficult to litigate. Some cruise liners restrict the area in which a claim can be filed such as only allowing lawsuits to happen in Florida courts or even a foreign country. These restrictions are blatant attempts by cruise liners to inconvenience passengers out of filing a lawsuit.

Contact a Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorney Today

If you were injured or lost a loved one aboard a cruise ship, do not hesitate to contact an experienced cruise ship accident attorney. At Gerson & Schwartz P.A. we have extensive experience going toe to toe with all the major cruise line companies and have an excellent track record of receiving favorable settlements. All our cases are conducted on a contingent fee so there are no attorney’s fees unless we recover money on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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While aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, an 8-year-old boy drowned in one of the ship’s swimming pools. The ship named “The Liberty of the Seas” was traveling from Galveston, Texas to Cozumel, Mexico when the tragedy occurred. The child’s body was discovered by one of the passengers and removed from the pool. A member of the ship’s medical team performed CPR on the child for over an hour but was unsuccessful. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a cruise ship accident, consider contacting a Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorney.

Despite the many risks involved with swimming children, most cruise lines do not have lifeguards stationed at their family pools. It is telling that in this situation a passenger and not a cruise ship employee had to be the one to first attempt to rescue the boy from the pool.

While signs are always posted to warn passengers to swim at their own risk, it makes you wonder if that is enough to protect children on cruises. Especially when you consider the scenario of a long cruise where there are many opportunities for a child to be separated from his or her parent and swim unsupervised, the lack of lifeguards is baffling.

Disney Cruise Line is the only major cruise ship company to have life guards stationed at all their family pools. Unfortunately it took the near drowning of a child in May 2013 in the pool aboard a Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship to implement this policy. Although he was saved, the incident left him with severe brain damage and he is still undergoing physical therapy.

According to Cruise Lines International Association, 1.5 million children are aboard cruise ships each year. Despite some larger cruise ships having as many as 1,000 employees, placing a few lifeguards where children swim is still not a priority for some cruise liners. The three biggest cruise ship companies, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Carnival Cruise Line do not have any lifeguards.

This is not even the first child to drown aboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise this year. A 4-year-old boy drowned in a pool on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas ship after he wandered away from his parents. The ship had departed from Fort Everglade, Florida and like in the recent drowning, a passenger pulled the boy out of the water and not a crew member.

Contact a Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorney Today

If you were injured or lost a loved one aboard a cruise ship, do not hesitate to contact an experienced cruise ship accident attorney. At Gerson & Schwartz P.A. we have extensive experience fighting with the major cruise line companies and getting our clients the restitutions they deserve. Whether it is a minor slip and fall or an enormous tragedy such as a wrongful death, we will help ensure that large cruise ship corporations do not get away with negligence. All our cases are conducted on a contingent fee so there are no attorney’s fees unless we recover money on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation.

18 On Board the Alaska cruise May2015Cruise ship season has begun in Florida. As cruise ships leave the coasts of Europe and Alaska, seeking warmer waters in Florida and the Caribbean, many Americans are choosing cruise ships as the venue for their wintertime vacations. Cruise lines have been reporting increased numbers of bookings from last year, with Carnival Cruise Corp. boasting a 20% increase in early 2016 bookings from the previous year. With an increased number of Americans choosing to sail on cruise ships comes increased numbers of accidents that cruise ship companies could be liable for. If you were injured or lost a loved one aboard a cruise ship, contact an experienced Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorney today.

Cruise Ship Season in Florida

Cruise ship season in Florida typically stretches from November until April. Americans suffering cold winters flock to Florida for reprieve from blizzards and subzero temperatures. 62% of all people who have left the US on a cruise ship has done so through a Florida port. With Hurricane season ending in October, the winter months are some of the safest times to travel the sea.

Florida is home to the three busiest cruise ship ports in the world – Port Miami, Port Canaveral near Orlando, and Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. In the fiscal year of 2015, 2.54 million cruise ship passengers embarked from Port Miami, 1.76 million from Port Canaveral and 1.94 million from Port Everglades.

These numbers are only expected to increase in 2016. Due to an improving economy, more and more Americans are choosing the luxury of cruise travel and cruise lines are stepping up their marketing, hoping to reach the 70% of Americans who have never traveled on a cruise. These marketing campaigns are an attempt to convince people that cruise ship travel can be less expensive than typical land vacations. With every expense included, without the cost of airfare and other additional expenses, there certainly is an argument for the economy of a cruise vacation.

While cruise ship season means fun for most, sometimes these vacations can end in disaster. Slipping and falling on narrow stairways, crime aboard the ship, and various other dangers of the high seas may leave you wanting to file a lawsuit. But because of various stipulations that you agree to when becoming a cruise ship passenger, litigation can be more difficult against cruise ship companies than with most personal injury suits.

Contact an Experienced Cruise Ship Accident Attorney Today

Due to the complex nature of maritime law, an experienced South Florida Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer is crucial when seeking damages for an accident. At the Law Office of Gerson & Schwartz, P.A., we have a collective 80 years of fighting cases against all the major cruise line companies. Our law firm represents cruise ship passengers and crew members who are seriously injured in every type of incident including, missing persons, slip and fall, and victims of a crime aboard a ship. All our cases are conducted on a contingent fee so there are no attorney’s fees unless we recover money on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation.

A US District Court in Seattle awarded $21.5 million in damages to a man from Illinois who suffered injuries from a faulty door on a Holland America cruise ship. The man received a minor brain injury after a sliding glass door closed on his head. The sum was awarded by a unanimous decision by a jury after a nine day trial. If you were injured or lost a loved one aboard a cruise ship, consider contacting a Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorney.

The attorneys for the injured man were able to provide evidence to the court that other passengers had been similarly injured by sliding glass doors in multiple Holland America cruise ships. Faulty sensor settings on the door allegedly are what contributed to these accidents.

The Illinois man was traveling with his family on a 280-day world cruise aboard Holland America’s Pacific fleet flagship, the M/S Amsterdam. The ship was in open water, approaching Hawaii, when the man followed cruise ship employees through the sliding glass door, which automatically closed when the man was half way through, striking him in the side of the head and face. Holland America argued in court that the man had walked into the closing doors and that the doors did not close on him. The closing doors gave the man a facial contusion, concussion and chipped tooth. Despite his injuries the man was still able to finish the entire cruise journey.

The verdict, one of the largest in recent cruise ship litigation history, included $16.5 million in punitive damages against the cruise line. The remaining $5 million was awarded for the past and future pain, suffering and emotional distress the accident caused the victim. The injury caused the man to suffer from vertigo, memory loss, and even seizures.

According to court documents, Holland America covered up similar sliding door accidents across multiple ships in its fleet in 34 separate occasions within three years. In two of the injuries, passengers broke their hips and in one, a passenger suffered a back injury.

Holland America is currently in the process of appealing the verdict, calling the sum excessive. While the amount awarded is quite large, the injured man will likely suffer from his brain injuries for the rest of his life which could affect his ability to work and future earnings.

Contact an Experienced Cruise Ship Accident Attorney Today

Due to the complex nature of maritime law, an experienced South Florida Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer is crucial when seeking damages for an accident. At the Law Office of Gerson & Schwartz, P.A., we have a collective 80 years of fighting cases against all the major cruise line companies. Our law firm represents cruise ship passengers and crew members who are seriously injured in every type of incident including, missing persons, slip and fall and victims of a crime aboard a ship. All our cases are conducted on a contingent fee so there are no attorney’s fees unless we recover money on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Pre-paid beverage plans offered by most of the major cruise lines could be putting profits ahead of passenger safety. These plans, which offer unlimited alcoholic beverages to passengers for a set price, encourage passengers to drink more than they would if they paid for each drink individually. If you were injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of cruise line companies, contact an experienced Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorney today.

Cruise ships inherently possess greater dangers than most bars and common drinking establishments. Slippery surfaces, narrow staircases and the ever present perils of the high seas can lead to serious injuries and even death especially when coupled with heavy alcohol consumption.

In the last few months alcohol was a contributing factor in at least one cruise ship death. On a Royal Caribbean cruise that disembarked from Miami, an intoxicated man involved in an argument with cruise ship employees fell off the side of the ship onto a lifeboat and later into the sea. The man was never found, even after extensive search and rescue efforts by the coast guard.

Beverage Plans on Major Cruise Lines

Most major cruise ships offer some form of a prepaid alcoholic beverage plan, many of which offer more drinks than a passenger can responsibly drink. For $49.95 a day plus tips, Carnival Cruise Lines Cheers Program offers passengers up to 15 drinks a day. Even if spaced out throughout an entire day, 15 drinks can leave a cruise patron severely intoxicated and put them at increased risk of injury. Not to mention high alcohol consumption can lead to fights and arguments between passengers and crew members, creating an unsafe atmosphere for everyone.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line offers an unlimited alcohol package that includes spirits for up to $67 per day, gratuity included. Celebrity Cruise Lines offers a similar package for $65 a day plus tips. Norwegian Cruise Lines has even going as far as offering a free unlimited beverage package for all cruises booked after January 1st 2016.

Legal Rights if You Get Hurt or Lose a Loved One Aboard a Cruise Ship

Cruise ship injuries and wrongful death claims do not fall under the same rules and laws as accidents that happen on land like car crashes and slip and fall claims. Because these accidents happen at sea they fall under maritime law and various requirements and restrictions apply to filing a lawsuit.

Cruise ship companies often insert various provisions into their tickets that set certain rules and restrictions for filing lawsuits. This can includes shortening the window available to file a lawsuit and requiring a written notice be sent to the cruise liner before a lawsuit can be filed. Some cruise liners restrict the area in which a claim can be filed such as only allowing lawsuits to happen in Florida courts or even a foreign country.

Contact an Experienced Cruise Ship Accident Attorney Today

Due to the complex nature of maritime law, an experienced South Florida Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer is crucial when seeking damages for an accident. At the Law Office of Gerson & Schwartz, P.A., we have a collective 80 years of fighting cases against all the major cruise line companies. All our cases are conducted on a contingent fee so there are no attorney’s fees unless we recover money on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation.

file3261246766942The FBI is investigating the death of a South Carolina woman after she fell from the deck of a cruise ship into the ocean off the coast of Cuba and was not found by the coast guard and cruise ship personnel. The Norwegian Cruise Line vessel was on a course from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico when the accident occurred. Authorities searched over 600 nautical miles for the woman before giving up search and rescue efforts. The FBI was called in to determine if there was any foul play or negligence that could have caused the incident. If you were hurt or lost a loved one aboard a cruise ship contact a Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorney.

Can the Cruise Line be Held Responsible?

While not all the facts regarding this case have been discovered, could cruise liners hypothetically be responsible in these types of situations? In most cases, cruise ships are considered “common carriers,” which means that they have a responsibility to their passengers beyond just reasonable care. Cruise liners must take a very high degree of precaution to prevent injury or deaths aboard their ships and failure to do so could land them with a personal injury or wrongful death suit.

Legal Rights if You Get Hurt or Lose a Loved One Aboard a Cruise Ship

A common misconception surrounding cruise ship injuries and wrongful death claims is that they fall under the same rules and laws as land-based accidents such as car crashes and premise liability claims. Unfortunately this is not the case. Because these accidents happen at sea, they fall under maritime law and various requirements and restrictions apply to filing a lawsuit.

Cruise ship companies often insert various provisions into their tickets that set the rules for filing lawsuits. This often includes shortening the window available to file a lawsuit and requiring a written notice be sent to the cruise liner before a lawsuit can be filed. Some cruise liners restrict the area in which a claim can be filed such as only allowing lawsuits to happen in Florida courts or even a foreign country. These restrictions are blatant attempts by cruise liners to inconvenience passengers out of filing a lawsuit.

The case may be further complicated if the incident took place in international or foreign waters, as there may be jurisdictional issues when filing a claim. An experienced cruise ship attorney will be able to navigate these stormy seas and make sure your claim is filed correctly.

Contact an Experienced Cruise Ship Accident Attorney Today

Due to the complex nature of maritime law, an experienced South Florida Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer is crucial when seeking damages for an accident. At the Law Office of Gerson & Schwartz, P.A., we have a collective 80 years of fighting cases against all the major cruise line companies. All our cases are conducted on a contingent fee so there are no attorney’s fees unless we recover money on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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