Miami Cruise Ship Accident Tips

After your return home following a Cruise where you were injured in an accident, you may be uncertain of which lawyer to retain or whether you should hire a personal injury lawyer. If you contact a local lawyer in the State where you live, you can be headed for big trouble. Let me tell you something that can help you win your cruise ship injury case and avoid making the wrong decision:

Most people do not realize that the cruise ship ticket contains a contract that requires you to bring your case in the County and State where the Cruise Line has the most influence. Carnival Cruise Line requires you to file your claim in Federal District Court in Miami Dade County ONLY. You must send written notice to their office as set forth on the cruise ship ticket to their headquarters within six months of your accident or you are prohibited from bringing a claim against them. The statute of limitation to sue them is ONE YEAR. Therefore a lawsuit must be filed in court within one year of the accident or you are barred from bringing a lawsuit.sinking cruise ship

Royal Caribbean cruise line requires you to give written notice to their headquarters within six months of an accident and you are only allowed to file suit in Miami Dade County Circuit Court. If you do not do these things timely and in that location, you are barred from bringing a case. It is important to that your cruise ship ticket be read by a lawyer quickly for the legal requirements.

Florida Cruise Ship Accident Attorney

You need to hire a personal injury lawyer licensed in Miami, Florida for several important reasons and an experienced cruise ship lawyer located in Miami. You can call Personal Injury attorneys Bernstein and Maryanoff now and speak to them at 1-800-429-4529 (4LAW) or 305-253-1000 and go over your case at no charge. You can email them now and they will respond if online immediately or in a short time at [email protected]

The most important reason to hire a local Miami personal injury lawyer for a cruise ship accident is that only a lawyer licensed in Florida is allowed to practice law in Florida as your lawyer and file a lawsuit in the Florida courts. You should not hire a lawyer from your state to work on your cruise ship accident case. (If you have done so, you can terminate that lawyer from representing you and our office will send them a letter to obtain the file. You will never have to speak to them. Our law office will tell them they are not allowed to get paid lawyer fees if they are not licensed to practice law in Florida). It can be the unauthorized practice of law to do so. The insurance adjuster will be aware that your personal injury lawyer for your accident on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship or Carnival Cruise line is not located in Miami Florida. This can affect the outcome of your case. The insurance adjuster will be aware that your out of state personal injury lawyer cannot file a lawsuit in the Miami Circuit Court and will know that your lawyer probably is not aware of the six month and one-year limitations under the cruise line contract that you are bound by. The adjuster may delay, hoping your out of state lawyer lets the time limits run, which would wipe out your case against the cruise line, and create a malpractice case against your lawyer!


The adjuster might offer less money knowing the out of state law will not file a lawsuit which can cost Carnival Cruise line thousands and typically tens of thousands of dollars to defend your cruise ship accident.

A local Miami Dade County Florida Personal Injury Lawyer such as Jack Bernstein (I have personally written this article based on my own experience) who handled personal injury cruise ship accident cases for twenty-seven years has knowledge of the cruise ship accident laws that affect your case. For example, we are can request copies of maintenance records to determine how often the cruise ship cleans the floors, how long it had been before the area was cleaned, or if there is a video of the accident. Of crucial importance is the one-year statute of limitation to bring a Royal Caribbean cruise ship accident case or Carnival Cruise ship Accident case in court. After one year you are barred from receiving money for your Carnival Cruise Line or Royal Caribbean cruise ship accident case.

At Bernstein and Maryanoff, we file our own personal injury lawsuits in the Miami Dade County Circuit and Federal Courts for persons hurt in accidents on Royal Caribbean or Carnival Cruise Line Ships. Our staff of six experienced Miami personal injury lawyers negotiates our own cruise ship accident cases. If they don’t settle we do not refer your Cruise Ship Accident case to another personal injury law office to file the Cruise ship accident lawsuit. We file it ourselves. That is important because the insurance representatives handling accidents at Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines know our reputation for filing our own personal injury lawsuits for people injured on a cruise ship.

Were You Injured In a Cruise Ship Accident?

If you were injured in an accident on Royal Caribbean or an accident on Caribbean Cruise lines, and in need of a doctors care, and possibly without health coverage, we will sign a letter to protect the doctors bill with a physician near your house to help you receive medical care and await the settlement of your cruise ship accident case before paying the doctor and or hospital bills.

We will email you our sign up packet to allow us to be your lawyers in you are located out of state or far from Miami Dade County. You can fill in the information and fax, mail, or email it back to our office. We will send you easy instructions to assist you in filling them out. We will assign a paralegal and one of the experienced personal injury Lawyers to assist you. I will use my legal experience gained by working over twenty-seven years on cruise ship accident cases and personal injury cases, in general, to assist you in receiving the highest possible monetary settlement for your Royal Caribbean or Carnival Cruise Ship Accident case.

You should immediately seek the advice of an experienced Miami Cruise Ship Accident lawyer such as Jack Bernstein of Bernstein and Maryanoff who has handled Cruise Ship accident cases for more than twenty-seven years. An accident on Royal Caribbean or an Accident on Carnival Cruise line will be handled by the cruise line in an attempt to pay you the least money or no money if possible. Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise line generally require you to complete an accident report and sign it following your cruise ship accident before you have the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney. That report gets sent to the full-time adjusters that work handling Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean accident cases in their offices. Royal Caribbean and Carnival have very high deductibles on any insurance policies and therefore they have their own adjusters that investigate and handle the cruise ship accident cases who work in their offices full time. They are highly experienced at defending against your claim. The insurance adjusters they have working in their company offices are licensed and experienced at protecting the cruise line to reduce the money they will pay for their carelessness that injured you. Many times they will offer a token settlement such as 50% off another cruise in hopes you will take it and walk away.

It is important to hire a local Miami Dade County Lawyer such as Jack Bernstein who is familiar with the Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise line companies handling of cruise ship accident cases, and fighting for those passengers injured on their ships.

Trying to handle your own cruise ship accident claim is not a good idea. It also is not in your best interest to rush into a settlement after a cruise ship accident. If you are in pain, you should go to a physician who handles traumatic injury cases. You should receive orthopedic or chiropractic care. Some injuries can become worse, rather than better. You may need an MRI or CAT scan to diagnose more severe injuries such as herniated discs that may need surgery.

It is important to understand that your cruise ship accident case will be handled on a contingency basis. You’ll never pay any lawyer fees to Bernstein and Maryanoff unless we win your case.

Contact a Florida Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer

Bernstein and Maryanoff would be glad to speak to you to discuss the facts of your cruise ship or boating accident case. Call for a free consultation at 1-800-429-4529 or 305-253-1000.