Category Archives: Cruise Injuries

Is Carnival Liable for Passengers Witnessing Employee’s Death?

Is Carnival Liable for Passengers Witnessing Employee’s Death

Something awful happened aboard Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Ecstasy ship on Sunday, December 27.

At about 6:15 p.m., Jose Sandoval Opazo, a 66-year old man from Liguria, Italy, died in an apparent accident while he was working on one of the ship’s elevators. Opazo was an electrician on the 2,056-passenger Ecstasy cruise ship, which was on its final day of a three-day cruise.

Electrical accidents are not completely uncommon on cruise ships, but this one was especially gruesome. And it happened to be captured on video taken by a passenger.

The passenger in question, Matt Davis, was witness to the …

Is Disney Liable for Molested Girl on Cruise?

Is Disney Liable for Molested Girl on Cruise

On Disney Magic’s 5-Night Western Caribbean cruise, which departed the Port of Miami on December 18th, an 11-year-old girl accused Juan Manuel Palma-Ortega of molesting her. The girl told her parents that Palma-Ortega – a 31-year-old Honduran man – fondled her three times during the cruise.

When the cruise returned to the Port of Miami on Wednesday, December 23rd, Miami-Dade police detained Palma-Ortega and he supposedly confessed to the crime. Palma-Ortega was then charged with three felony counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor and is being held without bond. In addition, Palma-Ortega …

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 …

The Safest Cruise Lines for 2015

The Safest Cruise Lines for 2015

Many potential cruise customers have been turned off by recent reports of mechanical failures, sickness, and injuries on major cruise lines.

But despite horror stories like the incident aboard the Carnival Triumph in 2013, the vast majority of passengers have a wonderful cruise vacation. Cruise ships are often more safe that living on land.  Even outbreaks of norovirus—a virus so commonly associated with cruise ships it’s sometimes called “the cruise ship bug”—are more likely to strike on solid ground.

Some cruise lines have more of a checkered past than others, however. If safety is a primary concern for you …

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 …