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phillips, hunt & walker Cruise Ship Injuries Lawyer in Jacksonville

When it comes to cruise ships, they are generally considered a safe mode of travel and recreation. However, like any other form of transportation or leisure activity, accidents, illnesses, and crimes can occur on cruise ships. Citing the Maritime Injury Guide, there have been a notable number of major cruise ship accidents between 2005 and 2023. These accidents resulted in a significant number of casualties, including deaths and sunken ships, underscoring the importance of safety precautions and regulations within the cruise industry. It’s essential for individuals considering a cruise to be aware of the potential risks and to take necessary precautions, such as following safety guidelines, practicing good hygiene to prevent illnesses, and staying informed about safety procedures while on board. Additionally, passengers should familiarize themselves with the cruise line’s policies on security and reporting incidents to ensure their own safety and well-being while enjoying their cruise experience.

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top rated Attorney Florida’s Law on Cruise Ship Injuries

Florida plays a significant role in the cruise industry, with many cruise ships departing from its ports and sailing in its waters. When it comes to cruise ship injuries, Florida has laws and legal procedures in place to address these situations. Here are some key points regarding Florida’s law on cruise ship injuries:

1. Jurisdiction: Cruise ship injury cases in Florida are often governed by maritime law, as these vessels typically operate in navigable waters. Federal maritime law and international maritime conventions, such as the Athens Convention, can play a significant role in determining liability and compensation for injuries.

2. Statute of Limitations: If you’re injured on a cruise ship and intend to file a personal injury lawsuit, it’s important to be aware of the statute of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally one year. However, the timeline may vary depending on the specifics of your case, so consulting an attorney is advisable.

3. Choice of Law: Cruise ship ticket contracts often specify which law will apply to any legal disputes. These contracts may designate Florida law as the governing law. Passengers should carefully review their cruise contracts to understand their rights and obligations.

4. Duty of Care: Cruise lines have a legal duty to exercise reasonable care to ensure the safety and well-being of passengers. If a cruise line fails in this duty, and a passenger is injured as a result, the cruise line may be held liable for damages.

5. Reporting Requirements: Cruise lines are typically required to report serious injuries and incidents that occur on their vessels to the appropriate authorities, including the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Maritime Commission.

6. Cruise Line Liability: Cruise lines may be held liable for injuries caused by their negligence, including accidents on board, food poisoning, or inadequate medical care. Additionally, cruise lines are responsible for providing medical care to passengers and must have qualified medical personnel and facilities on board..

7. Passenger’s Responsibilities: Passengers also have responsibilities to ensure their safety, such as following safety instructions, reporting hazards, and seeking prompt medical attention if injured.

8. Legal Representation: If you’re injured on a cruise ship, it’s advisable to consult with an attorney who specializes in maritime and personal injury law. They can assess the specifics of your case, help you navigate the complex legal landscape, and guide you in pursuing a claim for compensation.

Florida’s laws related to cruise ship injuries are intertwined with federal and international maritime regulations, making these cases complex. Therefore, consulting with a knowledgeable attorney is essential if you or a loved one has suffered an injury while on a cruise ship in Florida.

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phillips & hunt Results

$495+ Million Verdict

Phillips obtained one of the largest verdicts in American history of over $495+ Million dollars in the shooting death of Kalil McCoy. Her killer was also convicted in the criminal courts.


Jordan Davis: Wrongful Death

Represented the family of Jordan Davis and assisted with criminal prosecution of Jordan's killer, handled media relations of internationally reported case and obtained confidential maximum available civil settlement.


Medical Malpractice

Confidential settlement of over 120 cases against a pediatric dentist who was also prosecuted. We also assisted with shutting his dental practice down. He no longer practices dentistry and was arrested.


Automobile Accident

We received a record $2.6 Million Jury Verdict against Volusia County. It was one of the highest ever against Volusia County. Our trial was televised on Good Morning America and reported nationally.


RSD / CRPS Verdict

Obtained jury verdict in Jacksonville, Florida of over $900,000 and added attorneys fees of over $250,000 on a case State Farm only offered approximately $30,000 for years.


$1.1 Million Verdict Against Coca-Cola

We obtained an over $1 million jury verdict against Coca-Cola in moderate impact soft tissue damages case in Gainesville, Florida. Coca-Cola failed to even offer medical bills before trial.


Brain Injury Medical Malpractice

Phillips obtained a confidential settlement against a chiropractor who provided prescription pain medication to a boxer in advance of an Olympic qualifying fight. She sustained a brain injury due to secondary impact syndrome.


$1 Million Settlement

Client's child was tragically run over and killed by a motor vehicle in her driveway. Phillips and his team settled the case for over $1 Million without the need of filing a lawsuit.


Over $1 Million Settlement

Cliente recibió más de $ 1 millón en accidente automovilístico. También ayudamos a clientes que hablan español. We handle cases in English, Spanish and Creole.

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