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Judge Throws Out $21.5M Holland America Cruise Injury Verdict

Judge Throws Out $21.5M Holland America Cruise Injury Verdict

Last October, a United States District Court in Seattle awarded $21.5 million in damages to an Illinois man for a minor brain injury he suffered. The injury occurred on a Holland America cruise when a sliding glass door struck him in the head.

After the verdict was announced, Holland America said the settlement was “excessive” and that they would be appealing the decision. Then, United States District Judge Barbara Rothstein threw out that huge $21.5 million verdict and ordered a new trial to take place, citing previously unseen emails that detail “grave inconsistencies” in Hausman’s story.

What happened? Why all …

Royal Caribbean Recommendations for Your First Cruise

Royal Caribbean Recommendations for Your First CruiseIf you’ve never been on a cruise, you should consider taking your first cruise vacation in 2016. Cruises offer you a unique vacation opportunity to travel to multiple destinations, see different parts of the world, and experience all the luxuries a cruise ship can provide – all in one trip.

With so many options to pick from and the trends changing every year, choosing a cruise line, ship, and destination can be overwhelming. Make sure you do your research before planning and booking a cruise to ensure that all your needs and expectations will be met. Royal Caribbean, which has …

Is a Cruise Ship Liable for Your Injury?

Is a Cruise Ship Liable for Your Injury

Accidents and injuries can happen all over – a car, a public place, your house – essentially anywhere. If you’re injured on land, you can usually resolve these issues with tort law (the kind of law most people are familiar with) and a personal injury lawsuit.

But what if you’re not on land? What if you’re injured on a cruise ship?

Cruise ship vacations can be fun for the whole family, but if you or someone in your family is injured while on a cruise, it will do more than ruin your vacation. Cruise ship injuries can include drownings, slip …

5 Ways to Keep Your Children Safe on a Cruise

5 Ways to Keep Your Children Safe on a Cruise

Going on a cruise can be a fun time for the whole family. You get to spend time together while enjoying all of the cruise ship offerings like swimming pools, playing games on the deck, enjoying the delicious food, and taking advantage of the off-shore excursions.

While cruising can be a great family vacation, it also comes with its own risks and safety concerns aboard the ship. It’s important to prepare ahead of time and make a plan to keep everyone safe and happy. Kids, of course, have unique needs, so here are 5 ways to keep your children safe …

Do You Need a Lawyer for Cruise Injury Claims?

Do You Need a Lawyer for Cruise Injury Claims

Is this something you can tackle on your own, or will you need legal representation?

You may be tempted to represent yourself in court to cut costs. Maybe you believe your case is an open-and-shut claim against the company, and shouldn’t require any counsel or representation for you to win.

Don’t make this mistake.

Do I Really Need a Maritime Accident Attorney?

In all but the simplest legal matters, it is almost always better to at least consult with an attorney first. He or she can outline the situation you are up against, as well as the laws that will …