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Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind, P.A., our cruise ship fire and explosion accident lawyers understand the serious trauma and long journey to rehabilitation that many people face after being victims of serious fires and explosions. If you lost a loved one or you were injured in a serious accident on a cruise ship, such as a fire or explosion, our attorneys may be able to help you and your family recover compensation for the harm you faced.
Our attorneys have direct experience investigating and handling personal injury lawsuits involving cruise ship fire and explosion accidents. We have handled numerous cases on behalf of injury victims, fighting cruise companies to get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering from serious and fatal accidents. Contact us today by calling (305) 204-5369 to learn more about your legal rights and how we can help in a free consultation with our attorneys.
Personal Injury Claims for Cruise Ship Fire and Explosion Accidents
A serious accident can take place virtually anywhere. In general, cruise ship operators are required to operate their vessels with reasonable care in accordance with maritime law to help prevent these kinds of accidents. When they fail to do so, victims of those accidents may be able to sue the cruise line for the injuries they faced. Accidents leading to serious fires and explosions often involve serious negligence that the cruise ship’s crew and operators can be held liable for.
Similarly to how laws in each state require that certain standards and rules are followed to prevent injury cases on land, maritime law also requires cruise ship operators to keep passengers safe. This typically requires ships to properly maintain and safely operate electrical systems, stoves, grills, fireplaces, and other fire hazards on the ship. Also, in the event of a fire or explosion, maritime law usually requires cruise ships to be equipped with safety devices like fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, emergency lighting, life rafts, and other safety equipment to ensure that passengers can evacuate the affected area safely and efficiently. If the cruise company fails to meet these standards, they can be held liable for their negligent or reckless actions or inactions in a personal injury lawsuit.
If you suffered injuries because of a cruise ship’s failure to prevent a fire or explosion or their negligent response to the danger, you can file a claim to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. When you purchase a ticket for a cruise, there are many terms and policies that potentially include restrictions on where the claim must be filed and which courts can hear the case. Our experienced maritime lawyers can help you ensure that you file your case in the strongest way possible to help you maximize the compensation you deserve and get the help you need to deal with your injuries.
Proving Fault in a Fire or Explosion Accident on a Cruise Ship
On a cruise ship, there are usually no fires or explosions unless there is serious negligence. Proving your case in court means your attorneys will have to investigate the cause of the fire and convince the jury that the cruise line was responsible for the accident by pointing to issues of negligence. Mistakes in the upkeep and maintenance of fuel tanks and gas lines, dangerous flaws in electrical equipment, or unrepaired damage to the ship are common examples of the kinds of negligence that a victim can point to to hold the cruise line accountable for their injuries.
Some burn injuries and explosions on a ship can also affect crew members. Our attorneys also fight to represent crewmembers and staff on a cruise ship as well as the passengers. Usually, you cannot sue simply because you happened to be injured at work, and your attorney must also prove what the cruise line did wrong to cause your injuries.
The legal details of an injury case are often complex, but a negligence lawsuit like this typically requires the victim’s attorney to prove these four elements:
- The defendant owed the victim a duty.
- The defendant breached that duty.
- The breach of duty directly caused the victim’s injuries.
- The victim’s injuries involve damages the court can compensate them for.
Our attorneys can investigate your case and help show what errors and mistakes the ship’s staff and crew committed to allow your injuries to occur, and we can present evidence of this negligence in court to prove your case.
Damages for Burns and Explosion Injuries on a Cruise Ship
To get the compensation you deserve for your injuries, your lawyer will need to prove what injuries you suffered. Some injuries are obvious, such as burns and scars, and the jury will be able to see these injuries for themselves and understand the effect these injuries had on your life. Medical records can also help prove how severe the injuries were and show any negligence or delay in care that you suffered on the cruise ship.
Even though the physical injuries might be visible, the effects you faced, such as physical pain and mental suffering, might not be obvious. Your testimony and testimony from friends and family are essential evidence that can help you prove what your injury is worth.
On top of these damages, you can also claim damages for the economic harm you faced from the accident. This can include the cost of emergency medical transportation, medical care, lost wages, rehabilitation, follow-up appointments, and other care to help get your life back on track after a traumatic injury.
Many cruise companies will be hesitant to pay large sums of money, so any settlements they offer you might be too low to cover your needs. Our lawyers can help you understand what your case is worth and advise you on whether a settlement is fair or whether we should fight the case at trial instead. Most lawsuits ultimately end in a settlement, but our attorneys will fight to ensure that you understand your rights, and we will work to protect you from unfair or low settlement offers that might leave you with unpaid expenses.
Schedule a Free Consultation for Your Cruise Ship Fire or Explosion Injury Case
If you or a loved one was injured in a serious accident and suffered burns and other injuries from a fire or explosion on a cruise ship, our attorneys may be able to help. Our cruise ship fire and explosion injury lawyers represent passengers and crewmembers on cruise ships, and we fight to get them compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. For a free legal consultation on your case and help understanding how to file your claim and get the compensation you deserve, call Rivkind Margulies & Rivkind today at (305) 204-5369.