Keeping Children Safe in Your Car – South Florida Accident Attorneys

We have worked with hundreds of people injured in car, motorcycle, and truck accidents over the past 27 years and it is always difficult to see people suffer from serious injuries. It’s even moreChildren Safety in Cars Fort Lauderdale difficult when children are involved, and often they are too young to even understand what has happened. Over 1000 children die in traffic accidents in the U.S. each year and many more are seriously injured.

Child Safety in Motor Vehicles

Many injuries to children are preventable with proper safety precautions, including using the proper car seat, installed according to directions. Another important thing to consider is that many people are injured by objects inside their own car. When a car impacts another vehicle or a stationary object like a tree, everything inside the car becomes an airborne danger. Please keep yourself and your child safely buckled in, but also keep loose objects stored in compartments or in the trunk.

We’re including an excellent video about child safety in the car at the bottom of this article.

Another danger to children is being left alone in a parked car. We see these incidents turn into tragedies every year and we can’t understand how it could happen. In south Florida the temperature inside a parked car can reach lethal temperatures.

At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees. When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172.

Please click here to read an article that describes 8 options for gadgets and apps that can help prevent these terrible incidents from happening.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus is dedicated to helping keep our roads safe, but when crashed happen we then dedicate ourselves to protect the rights of victims who have been injured. We will fight to see every client is compensated for their injuries, medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We are proud of our reputation as compassionate, yet tenacious advocates for our clients. Please call us at 954-356-0006 if you have any questions. We will be happy to meet you at one of our offices or at a location convenient for you.

 

 

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Spring and Summer Means More Boating Traffic, Accidents, and Injuries – South Florida Boating Accident Attorneys

Boat Accident Attorneys in Fort LauderdaleHere’s a bit of trivia to keep and store for future use to amaze your friends: What state has the most number of boats (the Coast Guard calls them vessels) registered? Florida! That’s pretty easy, but what state ranks second? Minnesota. That’s unexpected.

What state has the most miles of coastline? Alaska. Second place is Florida.

Knowing what you know now, what state ranks number one for boating accidents, injuries, and deaths? Unfortunately, it’s Florida.

Several things contribute to make the waters in and around Florida particularly dangerous, and congestion is one. The population of Florida has gone up every year since someone started counting.

In 1960 the population of Florida was 5 million people.

  • 1970      6.8 million
  • 1980      9 million
  • 1990      13 million
  • 2000     16 million
  • 2010      18.8
  • 2019      21.3 million

Waterways, harbors, lakes, canals, and rivers are all choked with boats especially in the summer which is coming soon.

Just like we preach about safety on the road, we also preach about safe boating because a portion of our law practice is dedicated to helping victims of accidents on the water. The laws for boating accidents are similar but different. Waterways are harder to maintain “traffic control” and there may not be red lights but there are laws. If you own a boat you should know them and obey. Going out on a boat is fun but that doesn’t mean you throw common sense out the window and become reckless.

Another thing to consider and understand when you’re out on a boat is that if someone does something irresponsible and there is a collision and injuries, it takes a lot longer for medical emergency responders to reach victims. It also takes longer to be transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries. If you’re three miles out in the Gulf Stream you may be an hour or more from getting to a trauma center. The Coast Guard statistics for Florida boating accidents document the fact that injuries and deaths increase through the Spring months and peak in July.

The smart thing is to avoid accidents. The number one reason for serious accidents is excessive speed. Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol is also a major contributing factor according to the Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Almost half of all boating accidents involve impaired boaters.

South Florida Boating Accident Attorneys

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping victims of boating accidents in south Florida for 25 years. We understand the laws, insurance, and special circumstances that are unique to boating accidents and we work hard to get results for our clients who have been hurt. Please call us at (954) 356-0006 if you would like to speak with us about your situation. Our consultations are always free and confidential.

 

Be Reasonable! How the Reasonable Person Standard Works

Have you ever tried to reason with an unreasonable person? It’s frustrating! But you have to imagine that the other person thinks you’re the unreasonable one, so how do you come to a solution for your disagreement? The answer is, you usually don’t.

When a dispute gets to the point where you must use your constitutional right to sue in court, there are certain things that must be present in order to file a suit that stands a chance of being successful. The first is, did the person or people who caused you harm have a responsibility or “duty of care” to provide a safe environment and not hurt you? If you’re walking down the sidewalk and a brick from a building falls on your head you can’t sue the person who was sitting on a chair nearby drinking coffee. The building owner is probably the logical target for your lawsuit.

The second element that is essential is that the person you wish to sue did not exercise reasonable care or judgement, thus causing the incident to occur. There’s that word reasonable again.


The definition of reasonable is: a: being in accordance with reason, a reasonable theory. b: not extreme or excessive. c: moderate, fair.


Florida Premise NegligenceThe third essential element is “proximate cause” which means that the party you want to sue likely caused or contributed to the incident occurring, either by something they did or something they did not do. Lastly, there must be damages. These damages may be physical, mental, psychological, financial, or some other kind. But proving damages is important and sometimes difficult.

In law, especially in the area of negligence, the “reasonable person” doctrine has been used for many years to define what society will or won’t condone as acceptable behavior so that harm is not done to others. For example, if your business involves the installation of underground pipes, you wouldn’t dig a deep hole and leave it open overnight with no caution signs or barriers to warn people. If you did that then you failed to act on your duty to protect the public. On the other hand, if you were diligent about blocking the hole and used lighted signs and took every reasonable precaution possible, but a person willfully ignored the safety measures, climbed over a barrier, and he fell in and was hurt, the court would likely see that the victim was not using reasonable judgement.

When a property owner does not take reasonable steps to make sure there are no hazardous conditions, it is often referred to as “premise negligence” and if someone is hurt there may be grounds for a lawsuit. Florida uses the reasonable person concept when dealing with personal injury cases and other lawsuits involving physical, financial, or property damages. It’s important to understand that something you find to be perfectly reasonable may not be seen that way in court, and that’s why some people emerge victorious from the courthouse and some don’t. Try to wrap your ahead around the fact that no system is perfect, but ours is pretty good.

What happens if both parties in a lawsuit are unreasonable? Florida also uses a principle known as “comparative negligence” which is a way to assign blame based on the level of negligence by each party. We’ll get into that in our next blog post. Until then, be reasonable!

If you think you might have a reason to sue someone who caused you some type of damages or physical harm, we’re here to help you understand your rights under the law. Call us at (954) 356-0006 and we’ll be happy to listen to your story and talk about the best course of action.

Distractions are Dangerous and Deadly, so Please Drive Without Them

What if you were about to have surgery, and as you were being placed on the table you noticed your surgeon holding a scalpel in one hand, and texting someone with the other hand. Florida Distracted DrivingPersonally, I would run out of the room and call an Uber to take me home as quickly as possible so I could Google for a new doctor. A surgeon is supposed to focus on the operation!

And a driver is supposed to focus on the road.

Yet every day drivers all over Florida risk their lives and the lives of others when they take their focus off the road by texting, putting on makeup, drinking a cup of coffee, turning around to speak with someone in the back seat, or any number of other distracting activities. Florida lawmakers are fed up with this behavior and the serious accidents it causes and they are finally committed to do something about it.

Florida has for years been one of the weakest states when it comes to legislation prohibiting distracted driving. For example, you can hold a phone in your hand in Florida but you’re not supposed to use it to text or send emails. This is obviously difficult to prove, and an officer must have another reason for stopping a driver before they can even look into the possibility there was a text message sent while driving. In many other states you can’t hold a phone at all when driving.

Currently in Tallahassee legislators are considering very broad legislation that would actually make Florida laws among the strictest in the nation. They are considering enacting statutes that would ban many different types of distracted driving including personal grooming, petting a dog, and even eating if it distracts the driver.


Distracted driving killed 3,450 people in 2016


Florida Distracted DrivingWas the human brain designed to multitask while driving?

Here is a line from a job search on Indeed.com: “Strong organizational skills with the ability to multitask and prioritize work.” So you may be very popular at work if you can accomplish many tasks at the same time, and the boss may be very pleased but please don’t do it behind the wheel. Everyone is in a hurry to get too many things done, but as sophisticated as our brains are, they simply cannot handle it.

The human brain, according to many psychological studies, is not designed to handle multiple challenges at the same time, especially while driving. The act of driving is keeping your brain extremely busy, and when you throw in a totally separate action like reading an email the brain disconnects from it’s main focus. This is why there have been cases of people getting on the highway going the wrong way or slamming into stopped vehicles. Make no mistake about it, no matter how smart you may think you are your brain will not handle distracted driving, at least not for very long. If you are driving with distractions now and you haven’t crashed yet, you’re running on luck. It will end someday, and you may hurt someone very badly.

South Florida Vehicle Accident Attorneys

Gary and Arleen Lazarus have worked for many injured victims of serious accidents over the past 25 years and many of the crashes have been caused by distracted drivers. We have watched clients suffer through terrible, permanent injuries that never should have happened. Please don’t wait for a new law to do what you should be doing now: put your phone away when you drive, don’t answer calls, and don’t text. There is nothing on earth that can’t wait a short while for you to get off the road, park in a safe place, turn the car off, and take care of your calls and messages.

If you have questions or need someone to help you with a personal injury issue please call us st (954) 356-0006, and thank you for your attention.

Would you like to talk with your representatives and tell them how you feel about distracted driving? Click here and enter your address – the website will then give the contact information for your representatives. Please reach out to them and tell them you want to see and end to dangerous drivers who don’t focus on their driving.

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Good News! Car Crashes are Down and so are Auto Insurance Rates – South Florida Accident Attorneys

We love to see and share good news, especially when it deals with an important issue like safety and savings. The Sun Sentinel reported recently that vehicle accidents in Florida decreased 0.6% state-wide and fatal accidents decreased 2.2% which is even better news. In south Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties) the total crashes declined 2.2% while fatal accidents went down only 0.9%, but still a decrease of any amount is good news.

It seems reasonable to hope that insurance rates will go down because accident rates have gone down, and here’s more good news: They are going down! The largest provider of private auto insurance in Florida, State Farm, is lowering rates 5.1% which is a pretty significant number.

Because most people are inclined to pay their monthly bills and not really shop around for better prices, this might be a good time to do an auto insurance check-up. Ask yourself some questions and then ask your insurance company the same questions:

  • Do I have enough coverage?South Florida Accident Attorneys
  • Am I covered if someone with no insurance hits me?
  • Do I have enough coverage for medical bills if I am seriously injured?
  • Is my whole family covered?
  • Will you pay for a new car if mine is destroyed?
  • Am I covered in another state?
  • Am I covered for damage from a storm?

Then do some shopping around, and see if you can get a better price for the coverage you need.

Another thing to think about regarding the lower number of accidents:

There are 15 million licensed drivers in Florida and there were 400,000 accidents in the state last year. If you do the math, there was one accident for every 37 drivers.

The nice thing is that you can make those numbers better if you follow some common sense rules:

Never Text and Drive. It is estimated that as many as 30% of all accidents involve some type of inside-the-car distraction.

Never Drink and Drive. Many accidents also involve impaired drivers.


South Florida Accident Attorneys

We’re very pleased with the latest accident statistics because the injuries we see happening to people are absolutely heartbreaking and many times they could have been prevented. Our goal, for people injured due to someone else’s carelessness is to return them to the life they had before the incident. We are painstaking in our efforts to see that justice is delivered to injured people, and every client gets our promise to work hard until we get results. You may reach us by calling (954) 356-0006, and thank you.

 

 

The History of Personal Injury Law – South Florida Personal Injury Lawyers Lazarus and Lazarus

Many people in America take for granted our laws, our system of justice, and our rights. They don’t understand that not long ago in our nation’s history and in other countries today, the freedoms wePersonal Injury enjoy were not and are not available. If you are tempted to complain about our legal system being slow or unfair, take a look back at history and you’ll see we have come a long way!

10,000 to 500 B.C. • In ancient times “an eye for an eye” was a widely accepted method to settle instances where one person had harmed another and the judges were in most cases incompetent, cruel, and biased. We won’t describe some of the punishments, but you can imagine.

500 B.C. to 395 A.D. • During the Classic Greek and Roman eras, the practice of bringing a companion to trial to help in a person’s prosecution or defense became the norm, and while they were not supposed to be paid for their services, they usually were anyway. The people may be thought of as the first lawyers, and in time they became specialized in understanding the rules and laws of the different cultures and geographical area in which they lived. Laws were ambiguous and were rarely applied fairly.

1490’s • As new worlds were discovered, Europeans began to export their Canon Law – based on Roman Catholic Doctrine – on new colonies they established. These laws usually favored the rich over the poor, and so if you didn’t have a lot of money, justice was very hard to come by. England, however established a system known as “Common Law” in the 16th Century and that became the foundation for most laws in North America as the British settled here. But they were still very unfair to many people.


It would be good to point out here that as legal philosophies and laws themselves advanced, criminal courts became separate from civil courts, and the concept of tort law came to exist. A tort is defined as a wrongful act or an infringement of a right (other than under contract) leading to civil legal liability.

Some legal principles such as res ipsa loquitur (Latin for “the thing speaks for itself”) became important to understand tort issues and can be described as the principle that implies “the occurrence of an accident implies negligence.”

Res ipsa loquitur is a doctrine of law that one is presumed to be negligent if he/she/it had exclusive control of whatever caused the injury even though there is no specific evidence of an act of negligence, and without negligence the accident would not have happened. Example: a load of bricks on the roof of a building being constructed by High Rise Construction Company falls and injures Paul Pedestrian below, and High Rise is liable for Pedestrian’s injury even though no one saw the load fall.


1760 to 1830 • The first industrial revolution in England saw many workers injured by improperly designed or careless operation of machinery, but the concept of paying compensation through a judgement in court had not been developed. Therefore most people were left to deal with injuries, pain, and suffering on their own.

1860 to 1940 • The second industrial revolution in the United States saw more injuries to workers and finally there were laws enacted to protect people from injuries resulting from the negligence of others. This might be seen as the beginning of personal injury law.

Modern Personal Injury Law – Believe it or not, it was a snail that ushered in the modern era of personal injury law. In 1932 the case of Donoghue vs Stevenson involved Mrs. Donoghue • Injury 39 & Florida Lazarus Blog Personal Page 2 Attorney • Lazarus ofdrinking a bottle of ginger beer in a café in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. A dead snail was in the bottle. She fell ill, and she sued the ginger beer manufacturer, Mr Stevenson. The House of Lords held that the manufacturer owed a duty of care to her, which was breached, because it was reasonably foreseeable that failure to ensure the product’s safety would lead to harm to consumers. There was also a sufficiently proximate relationship between consumers and product manufacturers. This case was the foundation for many future decisions, and modern personal injury law was born.

Through the 1900’s many attorneys began to specialize in personal injury law because it involves many unique and complicated issues. People started to move about the country and the world faster and more frequently, computers have made a major impact on society, and while medical care has advanced, the costs have skyrocketed. The goal of a good personal injury attorney is to see that a serious injury doesn’t drastically alter a person’s life as they know it, but rather try to return them to the life they had before.

Today, a network of excellent law schools in the United States graduates lawyers who understand modern personal injury law and ethics. The American Bar Association as well as local and state bar associations keep watch on attorneys so the public is assured competent, ethical representation and our courts are staffed with judges who are held accountable by voters or by other elected officials to ensure equal justice under law, as inscribed on the United States Supreme Court.

The Lawyers at Lazarus and Lazarus are very proud to represent people who have been injured because of the carelessness, negligence, or malpractice of others. We have developed a sterling reputation for giving our clients competent, personalized service and we never give up until we have exhausted every means of seeing our clients receive the maximum compensation under the law for their injuries, pain, suffering, and lost wages. Please call us at 954-356-0006 for a confidential and free consultation if you have any questions.

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Choosing a Lawyer for Your Injury Case – Fort Lauderdale Injury Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus

Statistics allow us to know a lot about our world, and they can help us make decisions about our lives. For example, did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers. Quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from smoking-related disease by about 90%. We hope we just convinced some people to quit!

You should also take care of your heart because the number one cause of death in Florida is heart disease. Eat right, exercise, and you’ll make those who love you happy by lowering your risk of heart issues.

After heart disease, cancer is the number two killer of Floridians, but most people have no idea what ranks number three. It’s unintentional injuries, and that includes traffic accidents (car, truck, motorcycle, and pedestrian) as well as industrial accidents, slips and falls, and a large number of other mishaps that injure and kill thousands of people in Florida every year. Obviously you can reduce your risks for accidents by taking reasonable safety precautions, but the truth is that anyone can be the victim of someone else’s negligence and be hurt, sometimes severely.

What do You Do When You’re Injured in Florida?

Fortunately our United States Constitution, specifically the 7th Amendment, permits citizens to seek restitution in a court of law. The first thing most people do when they are seeking justice is hire an attorney, and there are many to choose from. What do you do, where do you go, or who you going to call?

Here are some tips we suggest for everyone so they can make the best choice:

In most personal injury cases, time is of the essence, which means you’ll want to move fast. The reason for expediency is that most injury cases involve witnesses, and people’s memories are clearest immediately after an incident. It’s also important to preserve evidence in the form of photographs by other means as appropriate. Therefore, as quickly as possible make a list of three to five attorneys and set appointments with each. You’ll want to ask each attorney what kind of results to expect and you’ll want to ask about qualifications. How many injury cases have they handled? How long have they been dealing with accidents similar to yours?

It’s also important to ask what kind of results your potential attorney has achieved for other clients. What kind of statements are available online from previous clients? Will your attorney have the time to speak to you if you pick up the phone and call?

Fort Lauderdale Injury AttorneysClarify Attorney Fees. Most injury attorneys offer a free consultation, but it’s important to be crystal clear about what you may be charged for right from the start.

As with any decision, your gut feeling will play a role in your decision, but try to balance feelings and facts and then make a decision.

Fort Lauderdale Injury Attorneys – Lazarus and Lazarus

If we meet to discuss your case we want you to know that everything we discuss is completely confidential. In Florida, the attorney-client privilege is governed by Section 90.502 of the Florida Statutes. We will clearly explain what the options are for your specific situation, and we’ll tell you what to expect.

To reach our law office you should call (954) 356-0006 7 days a week. We place the highest priority on responding to calls for help so if we don’t answer, we will respond to your message immediately. If you choose another attorney we will wish you the best possible outcome.

Pedestrians Beware During High Season Traffic – South Florida Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Blog Florida of Lazarus 39 Injury Lazarus 2 Personal & Attorney Page • •You don’t hear the term used as often as days gone by, but “high season” for many decades in south Florida was that time of year when it seemed that half the license plates you would see on cars were from northern states and Canada. Traffic on our roads was almost impossible to get through, especially near the beach. Our roads are so crowded year-round that most people don’t even recognize when the tourists come and when they leave because they’re always here, but generally speaking November thru April are the busy months.

When you add more tourist drivers to the mix who are trying to find places they’ve never been and are driving on unfamiliar roads, you can figure out what’s going to happen: more accidents.

USA Today says:

U.S. pedestrian deaths totaled nearly 6,000 in 2017 for the second straight year amid mounting signs that walkers and drivers are dangerously distracted, according to a new study.

Although reasons for the recent rise have not been scientifically determined, experts suspect that smartphones and marijuana use are key factors in the deadly trend.

We urge people to never text and drive but apparently it is getting more and more dangerous to text and walk.

Also, follow these important safety rules for pedestrians:

  • Only cross at the crosswalks.
  • Watch for the white “walk” sign or symbol.
  • Never assume that traffic sees you and that it is automatically safe because the sign says “walk” – LOOK IN ALL DIRECTIONS to make sure.
  • At night, wear bright colors and reflective material if possible.
  • Don’t walk in the roadway, stay up on the sidewalk.

Drivers: Look out for pedestrians. One of the most common accidents involving cars and pedestrians is when a car or truck is making a right turn and the pedestrian steps off into the driver’s blind spot. It’s best to hesitate, make eye contact between the driver and pedestrian, and make sure both understand who is going to wait and who is going to go. Remember, there is no reason to hurry. Slow down, look all directions, and proceed cautiously through all pedestrian crosswalks.

We have handles some truly tragic accidents where pedestrians were hit by vehicles, and we hope we never see another one. But if you are involved in a pedestrian-related accident as a driver or as the pedestrian, you do have rights under the law. Call us at 954-356-0006 and we’ll make sure the accident is thoroughly investigated and your rights are protected.

Fact: VISIT FLORIDA estimates that a record 116.5 million visitors traveled to Florida in 2017, an increase of 3.6 percent over last year. This number breaks down to 102.3 million domestic visitors, 10.7 million overseas visitors and 3.5 million Canadian visitors coming to the Sunshine State.

Medication Errors Happen in Hospitals as Well as Pharmacies

Have you ever tried to pronounce the names of some prescription medications? They’re not only hard to say, many of them are spelled similarly and yet their applications and effects can be completely different. Errors in medications happen thousands of times all across country, usually because of a mix-up at a pharmacy, but they also happen in hospitals and clinics.

Take the case of a patient in Tennessee who was treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center being treated for a subdural hematoma in December 2017. The patient was improving with treatment and was supposed to receive an injection of a sedative called Versed, a standard anti-anxiety medication. The precise events that unfolded are not completely clear yet, but it seems that the nurse who administered the injection used an electronic prescribing cabinet and actually gave the patient a syringe containing vecuronium. Vecuronium is one drug that is often used to cause death in prisoners sentenced to be executed by lethal injection.

Hospital Medication ErrorsThe patient at Vanderbilt hospital died, and the investigation centers not only on the mix-up with the medication but also on a possible cover-up after the fact.

It’s obvious to anyone who has ever visited a hospital that they are very hectic places. Hundreds of patients, dozens of doctors, thousands of drugs, tests, and treatments, and yet somehow all the elements seem to come together in a controlled chaos to heal most people and send them back to their normal lives. Hospitals have procedures in place to check and double-check medications, but a mistake can have dangerous or fatal consequences, as described above.

Studies have shown that of all the situations where errors in pharmaceutical medications may occur, it is at the time of patient discharge that most mistakes are made.

When sent home from the hospital it is common to leave with several new prescriptions from more than one physician, or physician’s assistant. When this happens you may wonder about the directions for these new medications, and you’ll possibly not be clear about your current ones. This is the time to stop and ask for help!

Fact: After discharge, medication errors are the leading cause of patient adverse events.

Everyone should keep a current list of all medications, including non-prescription, along with dosages, and then set aside time to ask their doctor and pharmacist if everything lines up properly with what is best for their situation. Make sure there aren’t any potential adverse reactions or side effects which may cause harm.

If you have possibly been harmed because of a mistake with medications, you have rights. Medical negligence and malpractice are serious issues and need to be handled by skilled and experienced professionals who know what steps to take. Call us at (954) 356-0006 for a free and confidential consultation.

Choosing the Right Attorney for Cruise Ship Accidents and Injuries – Lazarus Law Firm

We live in a very specialized world. Most professional services have been broken down into many sub-specialties and engaging with the right one is the key to getting satisfactory results. You may not know that in the medical profession, ophthalmology now has at least ten sub-specialists ranging from retinal surgeons to doctors caring for cataract patients only.

The legal profession has also become very specialized because of new and more complex laws being enacted every day. The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus, since our inception in 1992 has chosen to help people injured due to the negligence, carelessness, or malpractice of others. This is personal injury law and we believe it is an essential part of our community because it allows people to recover from devastating situations and hopefully return to a normal life. It is very rewarding for us and we are proud of the reputation we have earned over the past 26 years.

Our firm handles all types of personal injury cases but we have devoted special focus to these three areas:

• Automobile, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries
• Cruise Ship Accidents and Injuries
• Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Errors and Injuries

There are very specific and unique guidelines for each of these areas, and someone without experience will likely be challenged to deliver a successful outcome if they pursue a case.

Cruise Ship Accidents and Injuries – If people are injured on a vessel at sea or on land at a port-of-call from the vessel, they are not subject to the same laws and may not have similar rights as U.S. citizens here within our borders. While away from the United States you may be dealing with International Maritime Law or the laws of a foreign country. A well-publicized case in 2013 is an example of why it’s important to have the right attorneys when there is cruise ship accident or incident:

In February of 2013 a cruise ship became disabled after an engine fire. Air-conditioning, toilets, and refrigeration were disabled and passengers experienced extreme distress, and many of them became sick. Their case to pursue compensation failed due to procedural errors and omissions by their legal team, and this is completely unacceptable. These victims should be able to recover from their experience with reasonable compensation for injuries, pain, and suffering.

Cruise Ship Accidents and Injuries

Because of our proximity to the three largest cruise ports in the world we have been able to help many victims of cruise ship accidents, damages, and even crimes. We understand the laws, policies, and procedures necessary to be successful.

If you or someone you know has been victimized on a cruise ship or on land while at a port-of-call we can likely help. Please call us at (954) 356-0006 for a confidential and complimentary consultation.

Top Ten Busiest Cruise Ports by Number of Passengers

1 Port of Miami 4,980,490
2 Port Canaveral 4,248,296
3 Port Everglades 3,826,415
4 Port of Cozumel 3,636,649
5 Port of Nassau 3,521,178
6 Port of Shanghai 2,847,000
7 Port of Barcelona 2,712,247
8 Ports of Out Islands 2,549,803
9 Port of Civitavecchia 2,204,336
10 Port of The Balearic Islands 2,110,663

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