Have you been hurt on a shore excursion you undertook as part of your cruise? If so, then it may be hard for you to get compensation for your injuries. Cruise lines and shore excursion companies will try to claim you have no right to sue them under US law, but this is the only way you are likely to get compensation. Most ports of call you visit on a cruise are in foreign countries, many of them small Caribbean islands or Central American countries that depend heavily on cruise line money for their economic support. As a result, their court systems may not be good venues for pursuing compensation.
The Cochran Firm South Florida knows how to bring shore excursion injury cases back to the US where the cruise line can be held to account for its negligence in our fairer court system. To learn what types of compensation you may be able to receive, please schedule a free consultation with our Miami cruise injury attorneys.
Why Cruise Lines Are Responsible for Excursion Injuries
When you are on a cruise, the cruise line selects the ports of call. They should be familiar with the island, the port, and the surrounding areas. If there are dangerous areas that you may be likely to visit within easy walking distance of the ship, they have a responsibility to inform you.
A cruise line has even more responsibility when it works with shore excursion companies to provide activities for you in any port of call. If a cruise line allows an excursion company to sell tickets to its activity onboard the ship, the cruise line has a responsibility to ensure that the excursion company has put proper measures in place to ensure your safety.
This means that if you suffer any of the following during shore excursions, you may be able to receive compensation for your cruise ship injuries:
- Mugged or assaulted in a port of call
- Had a scuba or snorkeling accident
- Thrown from a horse during a ride
- Suffered an ATV, Segway, or motorcycle accident
- Hit by a car at a dangerous intersection or crossing
- Bitten or attacked by an animal
There are, of course, many other types of shore excursions that are likely to result in serious injuries. Cruise lines are always eager to offer a variety of activities, so eager that they may not properly evaluate an activity before encouraging you to sign up.
Why Choose The Cochran Firm South Florida
Cruise lines are driven by profit, and they work hard to protect their profit from lawsuits like yours based on injuries for which they admit no responsibility. You need a law firm that works equally hard for you. We have the resources, the experience, and the aggressive, results-driven strategies to break through the defenses of the cruise line. The Cochran Firm South Florida is based in Miami, where most cruise line lawsuits must be resolved. We know the courts and we know the cruise lines. They also know us, and our reputation of success and aggressive representation means they often bring a better settlement to the table from the beginning, which may mean you don’t have to go to trial to get the compensation you deserve. We are also willing and experienced in taking courses to trial when that becomes necessary.
You need an attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve for your cruise ship injuries. It costs nothing to talk to us and learn how we can help you. Please contact us today to protect your rights.