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Can I Sue a Cruise Line for Personal Injury? What You Need to Know

Can I Sue a Cruise Line for Personal Injury? What You Need to Know

Over 12 million Americans sail on cruise ships each year. While most of these trips are fun and relaxing vacations, in some cases the unthinkable can happen. From the Costa Concordia shipwreck in 2012 to the Carnival Triumph disaster in 2013, accidents on cruise ships have left passengers seriously injured and even dead. If you suffer an injury while on your cruise vacation, can you sue the cruise line for this personal injury? You may be left with medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. What can you do about this? Read more below to find out everything you need to know in the event of a cruise ship accident. Can You Sue A Cruise Line? The short answer is yes, you can sue a cruise line – under certain situations. In order to sue a cruise line, you need to show that the cruise line was negligent. What exactly is negligence? Negligence is when the party fails to use reasonable care which causes damage or injury to someone.  For a cruise line, this means that they failed to provide a safe environment for their passengers. An example of this would be if you tripped and broke your leg due to a broken step on a staircase. If the step had been broken for some time and the cruise line was aware of it, this would be considered negligence.  In order to sue a cruise line, you will need to first check your contract. There are often stipulations in the contract for suing including a statute of limitations and certain disclaimers. What Type Of Injuries Can You Sue For? Some common examples for cruise lines include:...
Medical Errors That Can Lead to a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Medical Errors That Can Lead to a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Most medical professionals strive to do the best work they can every day. However, not even medical professionals are free from scrutiny. Patients rely on doctors and other medical professionals to treat mild to severe conditions. Although cases of medical malpractice aren’t the most common, they do happen. What could lead someone to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor or other medical professional? Continue reading to find out more about when you can and should sue for medical malpractice. Medication Errors  Medication errors can occur in several different ways. To start, your doctor may prescribe the wrong medication for your condition. This can cause serious harm to a patient. Sometimes a certain medication will be given to the wrong patient in a hospital. More often, though, there will be an error in dosage. The doctor may mistakenly write the wrong dosage on the prescription. This may then lead the nurse to administer the wrong dosage. Sometimes a piece of medical equipment will malfunction and cause the patient to intake a larger dose of medication. Incorrect Diagnosis  If the doctor fails to diagnose a condition, this could lead to serious long-term consequences. The doctor may leave a serious condition untreated, causing the patient to miss a vital treatment window. These cases account for the largest portion of medical malpractice lawsuits. Some cases even result in death. Cases of misdiagnosis can be difficult to prove. A misdiagnosis can happen to even the most experienced and skilled doctors. Usually, the doctor’s competence will be compared to a similar medical professional. Childbirth Injuries Childbirth is one of the greatest experiences any of us can ever...
Tips for Getting the Best Possible Personal Injury Settlement Offer

Tips for Getting the Best Possible Personal Injury Settlement Offer

On average, there are 10 million car accidents per year. More than two million people are injured in those crashes. Yet, only a small percentage go on to file personal injury lawsuits. If you do file a suit, there’s a good chance you’ll receive a settlement offer. Deciding whether or not to accept a settlement offer is a personal decision. It’s a decision you should make with your lawyer and your family. But there are some factors that may help you decide. Read on to find out more about how to get the best settlement. Analyzing a Settlement Offer You may have heard that you should never accept the first offer someone gives you. That may be true if you’re haggling with a car salesman, but it’s not always true when it comes to a lawsuit settlement. If you have a strong case, it’s worth pushing back against the initial settlement offer. What if the case is more complicated? Then, you may have to take what is offered to you. Let’s say you get hit by a drunk driver. Police arrested the driver, and there’s clear evidence of intoxication. In that case, you have a good chance of getting a fair personal injury settlement. If the other party knows your case is strong, they’ll be more eager to settle. Around 95 percent of lawsuits get settled before trial. If the other driver was drunk, it’s clear the accident was their fault. Yet, it may not be 100 percent their fault. It is important to ask your lawyer about contributory negligence laws in your state. Contributory negligence refers to something the plaintiff did to worsen...
Recent Examples of Personal Injury Settlement Amounts & What You Should Expect

Recent Examples of Personal Injury Settlement Amounts & What You Should Expect

We’re sorry to hear about your accident. No amount of money can repair the damages you’ve suffered to your health, but it doesn’t hurt to be compensated for someone else’s mistake. If you feel flustered after your accident, you’re not alone. Many people aren’t sure what they should get from such traumatic experiences. Let’s look at a few recent examples of personal injury settlement amounts for you and your lawyer to glean information from. Examples of Personal Injury Settlement Amounts Personal injury settlement amounts vary wildly based on what happened, the extent of the injuries incurred, who’s at fault, and your representation. Here, we’ll show you some recent court settlement amounts to give you an idea of what you’re getting involved with. The Cyclist and the Low Hanging Branch Be careful on your bicycle. In this case, a young man was cycling and collided with a low-hanging tree branch that he didn’t see. The insurance companies contended that the accident was the fault of the man and that the tree branches were visible enough to avoid. Reconstruction and tree experts were brought in to prove that the low-hanging branch was an “accident waiting to happen.” The man settled for $110,000 from the insurance companies. Maryland Route 97 Car Accident In 2016, a woman was traveling on Route 97 in Anne Arundel County. She was stopped in traffic and was subsequently rear-ended. Since she didn’t immediately believe herself to be injured, police weren’t called. The $5,300 of damage to her vehicle was reported, but she later had experienced degeneration in her spinal discs from a prior accident. She thus received neck block injections and...
Don’t Walk It Off! Five Tips Slip and Fall Lawyers Want You to Know

Don’t Walk It Off! Five Tips Slip and Fall Lawyers Want You to Know

Chances are that if you’ve suffered a slip and fall in a place of business or public building, it wasn’t your fault. While these places are legally obligated to keep areas safe and to make any hazards clear, too many places fall short, with public safety suffering as a result. If you’ve had a fall that wasn’t your fault, you’ll want to submit a claim to get the compensation you deserve, a claim that could be worth millions of dollars. What victims don’t realize is that they’re responsible for making sure their case is as strong as possible, and that they can take steps to make this happen. Here’s what slip and fall lawyers want you to know about this. Seek Medical Help Immediately  The first thing you should always do in slip and fall cases is to seek medical attention. Even if your injury feels minor, head straight to the hospital without delay. You could be saving yourself a lot of pain later on. Also, the sooner you go to the hospital, the stronger your case will be in a claims court. Revisit the Site to Confirm What Went Wrong  You may think you know what happened, but you should always go back to confirm what it was that caused slip and fall accidents. Maybe it was a wet floor without a warning sign or maybe it was an icy entranceway or some falling debris. Whatever the cause, go back and re-trace your steps. Don’t forget to take plenty of photographs. All of this will help you remember things more clearly when you’re in court. Be as Discreet as...
Did Your Latest Vacation Leave You Hurting? Here’s How to Navigate a Cruise Ship Accident

Did Your Latest Vacation Leave You Hurting? Here’s How to Navigate a Cruise Ship Accident

According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), 100 million people sailed the seas between 2005 and 2011. Since 2005, there have been 448 major accidents. Most people view taking a vacation on a cruise ship as a fun experience. There’s food, entertainment, and you can travel to several destinations without changing your room. But when a cruise ship accident occurs, the fun stops. According to cruise ship accident statistics, in 2017 alone, 17 people fell overboard. Many victims of cruise ship accidents aren’t sure where to turn when it happens to them. Keep reading to learn where to start if you were injured on a cruise ship. Read Your Ticket After a Cruise Ship Accident Most people don’t bother to read the fine print when they sign up for a cruise. After all, who expects to be injured or become the victim of a crime? But, due to poor judgment, poorly skilled staff, and bad behavior of staff or another passenger, problems can and do arise. If you read your cruise line ticket, you’ll notice that it contains a number of provisions. These provisions will directly impact you if you’re the victim of personal injury or wrongful death while cruising. Most provisions include time bar limitations, forum selection clauses, waivers of liability, and independent contractor notices. Some clauses are enforced while others aren’t. Time Bar Limitations As with most other types of personal injury claims, there is a time limitation. Most require that you file a suit within one year from the date of the accident. However, there have been cases where the doctrine of equitable estoppel was...