Nothing is worse than being on a cruise, enjoying your vacation when someone in your group disappears. They are nowhere to be found. You alert cruise ship workers and still, your loved one is missing. Our cruise ship attorneys at Hickey Law Firm understand what you’re going through and can help you through this nightmare.
If your loved one was lost at sea while on a cruise, you may have a case. Give our office a call at (855) 757-4200 to schedule your free consultation. We are proud to take cases in Miami, surrounding Florida communities and around the world.
Cruise Ship Liability
Cruise lines assume liability when passengers board their ships. However, what happens when things go wrong? Cruise lines tend to keep the information regarding each person’s disappearance out of public eye, including search and rescue efforts, to preserve their profits and companies. These actions do not provide the proper protection for cruise ship passengers and is against standard procedure.
While the set standard calls for search and rescue teams to be deployed for missing cruise passengers and crewmembers, these teams do not always see successful outcomes. This can be due to insufficient search and rescue procedures or to a truly tragic case of a missing person.
Either way, cruise lines can and should be held liable for any passenger that is:
Knowing your rights is key to building a successful case. The attorneys at Hickey Law Firm can help you with this difficult task.
Know Your Rights
Federal and state laws impose strict liabilities and penalties for cruise ship companies and employees who cause harm to passengers, including passenger disappearances.
International maritime law, also known as admiralty law, fights for the rights of passengers. This law is often used in disappearance cases, stating that ship owners owe a duty of reasonable care to all passengers. If you can prove that the ship owner or cruise line itself was negligent, causing the disappearance of your loved one, together we can and will hold the cruise line responsible.
Numerous verdicts have confirmed and upheld this obligation, but success depends on knowing how and where to file suit. These details are generally buried deep within the passenger contract ticket, intentionally designed to confuse the customer. Ultimately, this can provide protection for the cruise operator.
How Hickey Law Firm Can Help
Losing a loved one while on vacation is devastating. Our experienced lawyers will review your case to determine the next best steps for you and your family.
If your loved one has disappeared while on a cruise due to the cruise line’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to compensation to cover expenses, including:
- Search and rescue efforts
- End of life expenses (including funeral costs)
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Psychological treatment
The attorneys at Hickey Law Firm can help. Give our office a call at (855) 757-4200 to schedule your free initial consultation. We are committed to helping clients in Miami, Florida communities and throughout the world.