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Legal Help for Cruise Ship Injury and Illness Victims

As cruises have become more affordable, the number of passengers has soared, attracting roughly 12 million passengers every year. While cruise ships may seem safe, accidents, injuries, and illnesses do occur.

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Common Cruise Ship Accidents and Injuries

There are many incidents that can leave you and your family injured or in danger on a cruise ship. Here are a few examples of what can go wrong on a cruise ship:

  • Shore excursion/recreational activities – Shore excursions are activities or tours offered to passengers that allow them to explore the region (i.e., snorkeling and horseback riding.) A variety of accidents can occur on shore excursions, including slip and falls, automobile accidents, drownings, and more.
  • Medical malpractice – Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by a negligent doctor. This can happen anywhere, even in the middle of the ocean. Every cruise ship is equipped with an infirmary, where passengers can be treated for minor injuries. Ship doctors and nurses working in these mini-hospitals are often contractors, meaning they are not employees of the cruise line. Substandard medical care, denial of access to emergency surgery, or a delay in treatment could lead to severe or permanent damage.
  • Assault –  There were 39 cases of crimes on the high seas last year involving U.S. citizens, many of them involving physical assault. Without licensed police onboard, crimes often go unreported or uninvestigated. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), sexual assaults are the dominant threat to women and minors on the high seas. Sexual assault is the leading crime reported to and investigated by the FBI on the high seas (comprising 55% of the crimes at sea that are reported to the FBI).
  • Negligent operation – Many maritime accidents stem from the negligent operation of the vessel, such as crashes and grounding.
  • Slip and fall accidents – This can occur in a variety of situations, one being when an area of the deck is wet. Another issue is passengers falling overboard. Officials do not know why so many ship passengers fall overboard, but it is estimated that an average of 23 people have gone missing after falling overboard annually between 2011 and 2015.
  • Fires – A fire onboard a ship can be particularly dangerous because it can cause major damage and provide little chance for escape.
  • Lists – A list occurs when the ship is leaning one way or another.
    Ship sinking – Sinking cruise ships are rare, but can still happen.
  • Ship collisions – Although rare, ship collisions do occur and can cause injuries to passengers and crew members alike.
  • Food poisoning – The norovirus, a gastrointestinal virus, is the most common cause of illness on cruise ships. Serious illnesses like the COVID-19 coronavirus have also occurred.

Injured On a Cruise Ship? Contact Our Injury Attorneys

Thomas J. Henry Law has assisted victims of all kinds of accidents from across the United States to achieve real results in the form of verdicts, settlements, and judgments. No matter how or where you were injured, our experienced injury lawyers will fight tirelessly on your behalf. In every case, we employ the best expert witnesses in the country to provide invaluable testimony and expert reports that can be crucial in obtaining a positive verdict.

Our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to hear your claim. Contact us today for a free case review. If you or a loved one have been injured on a cruise ship, call Thomas J. Henry Law. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Austin, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

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Your Cruise Ship Accident Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following a cruise ship accident, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

Insurance companies will attempt to pay out as little as possible when resolving an injury claim. When an individual pursues compensation from an insurance company without the aid of an attorney, the insurance company may see the lack of representation as an opportunity to lowball the injured victim as there is no immediate risk of trial or legal recourse.

By hiring a competent attorney who has a reputation for achieving large verdicts in the courtroom, you are sending a message to the insurer. It will provide the insurance company with extra incentive to offer a fair settlement the first time.

If that first offer is not fair, an experienced personal attorney will have the resources and the knowledge to negotiate with the insurance company in pursuit of a better offer.

Thomas J. Henry Law offers free case reviews so that you can better understand your legal options. This means you pay nothing for your first consultation. Additionally, Thomas J. Henry Law works on a contingency fee basis meaning that if you do choose to hire us, you pay us nothing unless and until we win your case.

The cost associated with hiring a personal injury attorney and how payment is collected may vary from firm to firm. At Thomas J. Henry, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we don’t charge our clients a penny unless and until we when their case.

Working on a contingency fee basis allows clients access to resources and legal representation they might otherwise struggle to afford. The more serious a case is, the more money it costs to take to trial. This is because complex litigation tends to take longer to resolve and the entities involved fight harder.

This is especially true if your lawsuit is against a large company, as would be the case in a trucking accident or on-the-job injury. Such companies employ teams of lawyers and have seemingly unlimited financial resources. You need an attorney who has the same. Thomas J. Henry employs a team of more than 100 attorneys and has the money to fight your case out to the end.

Finally, by collecting any fees and expenses after a verdict or settlement is secured, Thomas J. Henry can help ensure his clients are able to focus on healing. “The client’s job is to heal. We will handle the rest,” says Thomas J. Henry.

In a contingency fee arrangement, an attorney agrees to accept a fixed percentage of your recovery as payment. This means that if you win your case, your attorney will collect their fees and expenses from the money awarded to you. However, if you lose your case, your attorney will collect nothing.

Most lawyers prefer not to work on contingency cases for two reasons:

  • There is a risk the firm will be paid nothing
  • Any payment is delayed until money is collected from the opposing party

Generally, a lawyer who accepts contingency fee cases:

  • Regularly represents clients who lack the financial resources to pay hourly attorneys fees (as is often the case for personal injury victims).
  • Is more selective about the cases they accept.
  • Is very confident in their ability to win the cases they choose to handle.

In Texas, a personal injury case is only worth what a jury is willing to award you. This is why you need an attorney who can not only prove the economic damages you have sustained due to your accident, but can also demonstrate the value of non-economic damages you may have sustained, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium.

When you win your Texas personal injury case, there is a multitude of damages you can recover depending on the facts of your case. From past and future medical expenses to lost wages to pain and suffering, a jury will look at the facts of your case to determine exactly what types of compensation you are entitled to.

Among the most common damages recovered in personal injury lawsuits are:

Lost wages – You may be entitled to compensation for the impact an accident or injury has had on your salary or wages. This includes wages lost due to time spent in the hospital, rehabilitation, or the loss of a job due to disability.

Loss of earning capacity – Similar to lost wages, loss of earning capacity seeks to recover income that has been lost due to an accident or injury; however, whereas lost wages is focused on salary or wages that have already been lost, loss of earning capacity seeks damages based on future income.

Medical treatment – Damages almost always include the cost of medical care associated with an accident or injury. Damages can include reimbursement for treatment you have already received as well as compensation for the estimated cost of medical care you will need in the future.

Property loss – If any of your property was damaged or lost as a result of a personal injury accident, your attorney will seek reimbursement for repairs or compensation based on the fair market value of any property that was lost.

Pain and suffering – If your injury has resulted in pain or serious discomfort, you may be entitled to pain and suffering damages. This can include pain experienced when an injury was caused, pain experienced immediately after an injury was caused, and any ongoing pain that can be attributed to the injury or accident.

Loss of enjoyment – These damages attempt to quantify loss of enjoyment in day-to-day pursuits like hobbies, exercise, and other recreational activities.
Emotional distress – Not all injuries are physical. If your accident or injury has had a psychological impact and has resulted in things like anxiety, depression, or sleep loss, you may be entitled to emotional distress damages.

Loss of consortium – Typically applied to wrongful death lawsuits, loss of consortium damages can also be sought when a severe injury has resulted in a loss of companionship or an inability to maintain a sexual relationship with a spouse. Children may also sue for loss of consortium if the injuries have significantly hampered the victim’s ability to provide care, nurturing, or comfort.

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