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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:...
How David Singer & Associates, P.A. Handle Slip and Fall Cases

How David Singer & Associates, P.A. Handle Slip and Fall Cases

An accidental fall can cause major injuries and is more common than you could imagine. In fact, in 2015 over 33,000 deaths occurred as a result of unintentional falls. If you or someone you care about suffered a slip and fall accident, receiving legal compensation for the injuries is a possibility. A slip and fall lawsuit boils down to proving damages and liability. An attorney knows which details of your case affect both aspects of a lawsuit. Keep reading to learn how an attorney can help with slip and fall cases. Damages: Documentation and Proof In slip and fall claims, damages include: Lost income Medical costs Pain and suffering It’s not enough to state your injuries, though. Documentation is necessary for everything. Employee pay records, tax records, and other tax forms can prove lost income. It’s bad enough to deal with an injury, let alone lose income over it too. The attorneys at 1800AskFree will make sure that you receive the best compensation possible. Medical records and bills are obtained and organized for presentation in your case. Getting complete medical records is sometimes difficult. Your attorney will help track them down for you if needed. If the records are not complete enough for legal purposes, a medical report is often requested from your doctor. This medical report needs to address the causal connection between your injuries and your slip and fall incident. Lastly, your attorney will go over your pain and suffering with you. It’s important that it’s presented in the most favorable manner. Proving Liability: Who’s to Blame? The next thing that needs addressing is who is at fault for your injuries....