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Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers

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.

If you have been injured on a cruise ship, contact Thomas J. Henry Law now for a FREE case review.

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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.


Your Questions Answered

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

Following an 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.

There are a multitude of different types of expert witnesses, from doctors to accident reconstructionists, all playing a unique role in personal injury litigation. However, most expert witnesses fall into two categories: consulting expert and testifying expert.

Consulting experts, help explain and clarify facts so that your attorney can better understand a situation. In a trucking accident, a consulting expert may be called to provide professional insight on the intricacies of trucking regulations, which can vary by state.

While a consulting expert typically does not testify in open court, the information they provide can play a vital role in supporting your trucking accident claim.

A testifying expert is someone who will deliver testimony in the courtroom. This requires that they not only posses special expertise, but also an ability to deliver complicated information in a manner that is easily understood.

Some expert witnesses will fill both of these duties during the course of a lawsuit, consulting with your attorney privately as the facts of your case are gathered and then presenting any relevant information to the judge or jury.

An expert witness, also known as a judicial expert, is an additional witness who has expertise and specialized knowledge in a particular subject that is beyond what an average person may have.

Expert witnesses can be called upon to offer their expert opinion to the court or to refute inaccurate testimony given by the defense. Because of their expertise and high ethical standards, testimony from an expert witness can go a long way in proving your trucking injury claim.

In Texas, pain and suffering is a type of damage available in a personal injury claim, such as in an auto accident case. Pain and suffering addresses the physical and mental trauma that a person experienced in an accident, in the aftermath of the accident, and during any medical procedures that were needed as a result. In many auto accident cases, establishing significant pain and suffering is one of the most important pieces of a personal injury claim or lawsuit.

Catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, cause tremendous pain and suffering. Auto accidents oftentimes leave victims with severe, long-lasting and debilitating physical injuries that can also lead to mental and emotional injuries. In these cases, pain and suffering (physically and mentally) is often easy to recognize. However, the amount awarded for pain and suffering is ultimately left up to a jury’s decision.

In order to successfully show the extent of an injured victim’s pain and suffering, it is imperative to have thorough and exhaustive documentation of medical treatments and therapies from physicians, surgeons, nurses, and psychologists. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist you with this process and also help with presenting your case clearly and convincingly before a jury.

During your initial meeting with an injury attorney, you will be asked many questions regarding the accident and the injuries you sustained. You should also be prepared to ask the attorney questions of your own. It can be helpful to create a list of questions you have for the attorney prior to the meeting so you don’t forget anything when you get there.

Important questions to ask your prospective accident attorney include:

  • How long have you been practicing law in this practice area?
  • What is your track record of succeeding in these cases?
  • Do you have trial experience?
  • How much will it cost to hire you?

One of the most important questions to ask your lawyer is how they charge for services and if a consultation costs you anything upfront. Our firm offers free case reviews and charges on a contingency basis.

Before your meeting, gather all of the evidence you collected from the accident and anything that may be related to your injuries, such as:

  • Photographs of the accident scene, damage to your car and other vehicles involved, your injuries, or anything else pertaining to the incident
  • Copy of a police report or accident report
  • List of names, phone numbers, or addresses of witnesses you spoke with at the scene
  • Medical records

If you received medical attention after your accident, bring any records or documents showing the procedures or treatment you had completed, the names and contact information of the doctors or medical professionals you saw, what future treatment may be recommended, and the costs associated with your care. In addition, bring medical and auto insurance information with you, if you have them.

Other documents that you may have that you should bring to your first meeting with a lawyer include:

  • Letters or emails you received from your insurer or the other driver’s insurer
  • Name and phone number of the at-fault driver from the accident (and their insurance company’s information)
  • Contact information of any insurance company or claims adjusters that you have spoken with
  • Receipts of anything you purchased to remedy an injury or repair due to the accident

In general, bring any evidence, documents, or information related to your injuries and the accident with you to your initial consultation with your attorney. The more information you bring, the quicker and easier your lawyer can evaluate your case and provide you with the next steps to take. To keep the documents organized and to avoid losing anything, keep all of these in an envelope or folder that you can then bring with you to the law office (or wherever you meet your attorney).

If an insurance company offers you a check right away, do not sign it. When an insurance company seems overly eager to settle a claim, it is because they are trying to limit their liability or they are trying to beat out future damages that have yet to be identified. As such, many checks will include release language benefiting the insurer.

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No matter the injury or the accident, if you or a loved one were harmed due to the negligence of an individual or company, Thomas J. Henry is here to assist you.

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