Cruise Ship Accidents

Virginia Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer | Maritime Injury Attorney

Cruises: ideals of relaxation and enjoyment. Just sailing the seas without a care in the world, with a surplus of food and drinks, seeing a new sunset in a different destination every night. Sounds like a dream vacation, right? That’s what many people believe when they purchase their tickets from one of the countless cruise companies around the world. What they don’t understand is that the purchasing of that ticket constitutes a complicated legal contract, which may not protect them when disaster strikes.

Accidents Happen. Tragedy has struck luxury cruise liners in the open ocean throughout all of history, from the Titanic onward. Most recently, in 2012 the Costa Concordia capsized when it hit a coral reef off the coast of Italy. Many were injured, and 32 people lost their lives. In the last three years, two of Carnival Cruise Line’s ships have suffered debilitating power outages, both caused by fires. Both ships carried over 4,000 passengers, and one was stranded for 3 days, while the other was helpless for 8. Loss of power means no air conditioning, no showers, no hot meals, and no working toilets. In 2006, 240 people were injured when the Crown Princess, operated by Princess Cruises, tilted for 30 seconds and then righted itself. The event was blamed on human error. And there are many more cases of individual injuries on cruise lines. There are cases of assault, slips, falling overboard, and pool drownings.

The Fine Print. What people don’t realize when they are injured on cruise ships is that typical laws and liability rules are not always in affect out on the ocean. The ticket and accompanying documents are treated as a contract between the traveler and the luxury cruise company. Cruise lines are notorious for barring a laundry list of lawsuits in their contracts. For example, some have limits to how much they will pay when sued in instances of death, personal injury, or property loss. Some offer no recoveries for mental anguish or psychological damages. Many prevent class-action suits from being brought against them, meaning that one or more plaintiffs cannot sue on behalf of a larger group. They also dictate where litigation must be brought, and under what laws. Wherever the ship is registered determines which country’s law applies.

Get Help From An Experienced Virginia Maritime Injury Attorney

If you’ve been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one, you may need a maritime injury lawyer. Attorney Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has successfully prosecuted cases under the Jones Act, bringing fair and just compensation to workers who were injured while performing their duties.

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