Part of the fun of going on a cruise is experiencing the activities, culture and excursions provided by the cruise line. When you sign up for any ship-to-shore excursion, you expect that you and your family's safety is the number one priority. Unfortunately, our attorneys have dealt with many people who were hurt during these excursions. The liability in these situations is complex because there are often multiple parties involved.
Fortunately, that's where the personal injury attorneys at Hickey Law Firm can help. With years of combined experience representing injured cruise ship victims, we can help fight for your rights.
If you've been injured while on a ship-to-shore excursion and would like to discuss your case with one of our dedicated litigators, give our office a call at (855) 757-4200 to schedule your initial consultation. We are proud to serve clients in Miami, Florida and all around the world.
Who can be Held Liable?
Depending on the specific circumstances, there may be a variety of at-fault parties involved in a cruise ship excursion case, including:
- Excursion companies
- Cruise lines
- Cruise employees
More often than not, these parties will try to avoid being held responsible for your injury by assigning the blame to others. To further complicate matters, many excursion contracts have waivers or clauses. These waivers are meant to exclude the cruise line or excursion company completely from any liability. Fortunately, most courts generally do not enforce these clauses.
Cruise lines and excursion companies have a duty to warn their passengers when they visit a location that is known to be dangerous. If they fail to warn their passengers and someone is injured, assaulted or killed while on shore, the cruise line and excursion company can be held accountable for the damages.
Types of Accidents in Ship-to-Shore Excursion Claims
People onboard cruise ships may suffer accidents while participating in various activities, including:
- Riding in a transport vehicle
- Hiking and climbing
- Diving and snorkeling
- Zip lines
These activities can lead to serious injuries, such as:
Despite the confusing clauses printed on excursion liability waivers, victims who are injured during an excursion may still be able to recover compensation for their injuries. In extreme cases, some activities can lead to fatal accidents. The families of individuals who were wrongfully killed during a shore excursion may also have the right to seek compensation from the cruise line or excursion company.
Compensation awarded in these cases can be used to cover expenses, such as:
- Current and ongoing medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- End of life expenses in case of wrongful death
In order to successfully navigate these complex laws, you need an experienced admiralty and maritime lawyer on your side to help fight for your rights. The cruise ship attorneys at Hickey Law Firm can help you with your case.
Contact Our Cruise Ship Lawyers in Miami Today
If you have been seriously injured, or if your loved one has been killed on a ship-to-shore excursion during a cruise, please contact Hickey Law Firm online or call (855) 757-4200 for a free case evaluation with our experienced cruise ship lawyers. We proudly serve clients in Miami, Florida and around the world.