Articles Posted in Cruise Ship Injuries

Congratulations to Jason Turchin, Esq. for being selected again to the Super Lawyers Rising Star list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The annual selections are made using a patented Multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

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The Carnival Triumph was stranded at sea for four days following an apparent engine room fire. Following the fire, cruise ship passengers complained of deplorable and deteriorating conditions on the ship. The horrible conditions, I believe, were both preventable and foreseeable.

Cruise.jpgI was the attorney who handled the case on behalf of a passenger injured when she slipped and fell in a dimly lit hallway while the Carnival Splendor was “dead in the water” as a result of an engine room fire. The vast news coverage of the Carnival Triumph brings back deja vu with nearly identical passenger complaints and nearly identical press statements from Carnival.

On November 8, 2010, the Carnival Splendor lost all power after experiencing an engine room fire while still at sea. During the next couple of days following the fire, there were no elevators, no lights, no power, no air conditioning, no phones, no hot food, no hot drinks, no propulsion of the ship, and no flushing toilets. Defendant admitted there was no doubt the living conditions aboard the Carnival Splendor were challenging. Defendant’s president and CEO Gerry Cahill said, “Conditions on board the ship are very challenging and we sincerely apologize for the discomfort and inconvenience our guests are currently enduring.” He also said, “We know this has been an extremely trying situation for our guests and we sincerely thank them for their patience.”

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Costa Cruise accident – Several Costa cruise passengers are feared dead with an estimated sixty more still missing after a cruise departed from Italy.

Reports say that the ship began to list, or tilt to one side, and then began to sink. costa cruise.jpg

Cruising is often an amazing, relaxing vacation, but things can go wrong. Cruise lines generally have a legal obligation under maritime law to act reasonably under the circumstances. When they don’t, they could be held liable for damages or wrongful death.

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What should I do if my attorney closes my accident or injury case?

We often get calls or email submissions from accident victims and families of wrongful death victims who were dropped by their prior attorney, and who believe they were hurt by someone else’s negligence. They want us to take their case.

Lawyers drop cases for a variety of reasons, so don’t be discouraged if your lawyer drops your case. Reasons include:

turchinicon72.jpgMy Attorney App by the Law Offices of Jason Turchin for Android and iPhone

To better connect with our clients, we developed the My Attorney App for Android phones, iPad and iPhone. The app has several purposes:

  • To enable our clients to reach us whenever they need through simple push button calling, an easy to use texting feature, and a quick case question submission form
  • To provide prospective clients with quick and easy contact to our office
  • To give free accident checklists for clients and prospective clients to give them tips on what to do in case of an accident
  • To have an Accident Help Kit available for clients to write in accident-related information and email it directly to my office
  • To allow other lawyers to join our referral team and co-counsel with us on cases outside of their practice area or location
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Cruising is a lot of fun for most passengers, but accidents do happen. The major cruise lines try to limit their legal responsibility to pay passengers money damages if they cause or contribute to any injuries. Most passenger contracts have provisions which contain these limitations. Here are some common limitations:

  • Notice of the claim must be made within 6 months
  • A lawsuit must be filed within 1 year
  • The Court where the lawsuit must be brought is specified in the contract; i.e. US District Court in the Southern District of Florida – Miami Division

Nearly every cruise line has these limitations in your passenger contract. The limitations may also apply regardless of where in the world the injury occurred. For example, Carnival Cruises generally requires that all claims be brought in Miami in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. This means that if a passenger leaves a port in California and gets hurt on the Carnival ship, they may have to bring the claim in Miami.

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