Cruise Ship Injury
A cruise can be an exciting adventure for the family, filled with fun, relaxation, and entertainment. Unfortunately, however, our Lafayette cruise ship injury lawyers know that a vacation getaway can quickly turn into a tragedy when a cruise ship fails to provide reasonably safe conditions aboard the ship and at its travel destinations. As a result, thousands of passengers are injured on cruise ship excursions each and every year.
Cruise line tickets contain contracts that limit liability and impose restrictions on filing suit against the company. At Broussard & David, we understand the complexities of this process. With over 40 years of experience as cruise ship injury attorneys in the Lafayette area, we will challenge these limitations and ensure that your lawsuit is not lost amidst these unfair legal tactics employed by cruise lines.
Common causes of cruise ship injury include:
- Slip and fall injury aboard a slippery or soapy deck
- Being struck by a falling object
- Falling overboard
- Food poisoning
- Physical or sexual assault
- Burglary or theft
- Injuries caused by uninvestigated local services offered at ports of call
The Jones Act does not apply to cruise ships, but general maritime law governs cruise ships. Other laws such as contract law and tort law may also apply to claims against cruise lines.
Cruise lines have a duty to maintain safe conditions aboard their ships and to transport their passengers safely between destinations. Cruise lines also have a duty to thoroughly investigate their employees before hiring them and to research local port of call services that they endorse, such as day trips, local tours and snorkeling, to ensure that the offered services are reputable and safe for passengers. Because cruise lines often travel outside of the jurisdiction of the United States into open, international waters, lawsuits arising out of injury while on a cruise ship are often very complicated. This is because these types of claims fall under the umbrella of international, Federal, and maritime law rather than State law. For this reason, it’s important to consult an attorney experienced in fighting for parties injured while aboard a cruise ship.
Broussard & David will fight for your rights as a passenger aboard a cruise ship and ensure that your lawsuit is filed against all responsible parties. Parent companies of cruise lines and even the company who sold your ticket may also be held legally responsible for your injury. An experienced Lafayette cruise ship injury attorney can work to negotiate fair and just compensation for you and your family for your injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages. Our attorneys will give you the personal attention you need to fully understand your legal rights.
Taking legal action against a cruise line and its parent companies is also the first step in ensuring that these large cruise lines implement policies that protect passengers in the future.
We offer a COMPLIMENTARY consultation to all prospective clients. If your or a loved one were injured as a passenger on a cruise ship or at a cruise ship’s port of call, call Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll free) or 337-233-2323 (local). You can also contact us online for answers to your questions or to schedule your consultation with a cruise ship injury lawyer in Lafayette.