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Lake Charles Cruise Ship Injury Lawyers & Boat Accident Lawyers - Here to fight for you!
An ocean cruise should be a fun, relaxing, and all around enjoyable experience. But boating accidents and cruise ship injuries can abruptly end your dream vacation.
Whether you have been injured in a recreational boating accident, as a member of a crew, or as a passenger on a commercial cruise ship, Lake Charles boat accident attorneys and Louisiana cruise ship accident attorneys are here to help you. If you have suffered an injury aboard a boat or cruise ship and would like to pursue a claim, contact one of the qualified Lake Charles cruise ship attorneys listed on this page today for a free initial consultation. Similarly, if you have a loved one who was injured or killed in a cruise ship vacation accident or other boating accident, a Lake Charles maritime personal injury lawyer can help you.
What are some common claims made against cruise lines?
All sorts of injuries sustained while on board the cruise liner, due to cruise ship negligence
a. Slip & Fall Injuries due to wet or uneven surfaces aboard the ship, or due to the ship's maneuvering
b. Swimming pool, water slide, wave pool, and similar accidents on the ship
c. Injuries due to dangerous conditions anywhere on the cruise ship
- Injuries sustained at ports of call during excursions arranged and approved by the cruise line
- Contaminated food eaten on the ship, which may cause food poisoning or severe illness
- Physical and sexual assault and abuse by crew members employed by the cruise ship company
- Injuries due to Medical Negligence when people are treated on board a ship or when an ill person is left behind for treatment at a port in a foreign country and receives inadequate care, improper diagnosis, or improper treatment
How can you protect yourself as a cruise ship passenger?
One of the most important things you can do is to READ YOUR TICKET. Cruise tickets can often be very long and contain extremely important information. Because this information is often very small, most people never even read it; however, important legal rights can be affected by the language in this fine print.
Why hire a Lake Charles Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer?
As mentioned, fine print and legal jargon is pervasive on cruise line tickets and your legal rights are at stake. For example, if you become sick or injured while on board the ship and you believe the cruise ship company is to blame, you may only have six (6) months to make your claim. Even though you may not have read this information prior to boarding the ship, or even after suffering your injury, a court will likely enforce this provision and you will be barred from filing your claim if you don't act quickly. Apart from the time limitation, there may be a variety of other complicated, fine print provisions on your ticket that will affect your rights. Additionally, there may be a number of parties you wish to name as defendants in your lawsuit, and your lawyer will be able to advise you on which parties to name. It may make sense, for example, to sue both the cruise ship owner or company and the company that chartered the vessel. Call one of the experienced cruise ship lawyers listed above for a free initial consultation.
If you are an employee of a cruise line injured on the job, or any other type of worker aboard a cruise ship, barge, container ship, oil rig, tug, or any other type of vessel, you may have a Jones Act claim against your employer. Jones Act claims are the maritime equivalent of workers' compensation, but may allow for other damages. Read more information on whether you qualify as a Jones Act seaman who can receive compensation under the Act.
Deaths on the High Sea Act (DOHSA) - Wrongful Death at Sea
The Death on the High Seas Act, or DOHSA, applies to any death occurring beyond 3 nautical miles from the shore of any State or U.S. Territory. Liability under DOHSA may be premised on a variety of legal theories, including negligence, unseaworthiness if the decedent was a seaman, intentional conduct, strict liability, or products liability. Moreover, DOHSA is a broad Act that applies to nearly all decedents on the high seas no matter if they are maritime workers or non-maritime workers. One notable exception is that workers on certain oil rigs or platforms may be covered instead under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. DOHSA may also apply to aviation accidents that occur beyond 12 nautical miles from the U.S. shore. In these cases, application of DOHSA may actually limit recovery for the families of those killed in a plane crash from those in a general wrongful death case. In addition to other types of maritime deaths, Lake Charles Maritime Attorneys experienced in DOHSA will know how best to handle an aviation accident at sea and can help you if you have suffered such a loss.
As mentioned, DOHSA, enacted in 1920 as a response to the Titanic sinking, is an outdated and archaic statute that can sometimes be harsh. For example, DOHSA only provides for the recovery of monetary damages, such as burial costs and lost wages, and does not provide for the recovery of any non-pecuniary damages like the care, comfort, and companionship of the deceased loved one. Similarly, punitive damages or pre-death pain and suffering damages are also not available under DOHSA. Read more information about the damages recoverable in a general wrongful death case where DOHSA does not apply. However, since the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster, a number of changes and amendments to DOHSA have been proposed to make DOHSA's compensation scheme more modern and equitable. Click here to read a CNN article discussing potential amendments to DOHSA since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
What all this means for you if your loved one died aboard a cruise ship or other type of boat beyond 3 nautical miles from the U.S. shore is complicated. The cruise lines make it difficult to recover for a wrongful death claim and are lobbying against amendments to DOHSA. This is why it is absolutely critical that you act quickly and hire an experienced cruise ship lawyer to fight the cruise line on your behalf. Lake Charles cruise ship attorneys can help you navigate the legal system after suffering a loss and get you the maximum compensation possible if your loved one has died due to cruise ship negligence.
Resources for Lake Charles Cruise Ship Injury Victims:
Port of New Orleans
Some of the cruise lines serving the New Orleans area include:
Carnival Cruise Lines
New Orleans River Boat Excursions
New Orleans Paddlewheels - Creole Queen
Operates the Creole Queen and Cajun Queen river boats on the Mississippi River
New Orleans Steamboat Company
Operates the Steamboat Natchez and the John James Audubon on the Mississippi River
New Orleans Port Facilities
How can you find a qualified Lake Charles Maritime Lawyer or Cruise Ship Lawyer near you?
Serving clients throughout Southwestern Louisiana, including Carlyss, Holmwood, Iowa, Lake Charles, Moss Bluff, Port of Lake Charles, Sulphur, Westlake, and other communities in Calcasieu Parish.
Contact one of the qualified Lake Charles personal injury lawyers listed at top, all of whom have significant experience dealing with boating and cruise ship accident claims, as well as other types of maritime-related lawsuits. These experienced trial lawyers will zealously pursue your claim. Call now for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.