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St. Petersburg Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer

Are you dealing with painful physical injuries, overwhelming financial costs, and debilitating emotional distress because of a recent cruise ship accident in St. Petersburg, Florida? Don’t hesitate to call Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers. Our experienced St. Petersburg cruise ship accident lawyers can help you take legal action and demand accountability from negligent parties.

At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, we’ve dedicated our careers to helping clients move forward after life-changing accidents. Since 2001, our award-winning Florida litigators have been trusted by cruise ship injury victims and families to take on powerful corporations and fight for financial justice. Our case results speak volumes, with tens of millions of dollars recovered.

Benefit from a respected legal team with 119+ years of collective experience and an unrivaled reputation for achieving top results. Contact us and schedule a free consultation by calling our St. Petersburg, FL law office at (727) 314-5988 today. 

How Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help If You’ve Been Injured on a Cruise Ship in St. Petersburg, FL

How Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help If You’ve Been Injured on a Cruise Ship in St. Petersburg, FL

The cruise line won’t want to take responsibility for the accident. Its insurance company will search for any reason to deny your claim or limit your financial recovery.

Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Level the playing field and force a fair fight by turning to our top-rated St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers for help.

Our law firm is here to not only help you win your case, but also provide the invaluable support and guidance you need during this difficult time in your life.

We’ll handle all aspects of your cruise ship accident claim, which will give you the time you need to focus on getting better.

Trust us to:

  • Review results of internal investigations conducted by the cruise line
  • Promptly launch an independent inquiry into the circumstances of your cruise ship accident
  • Carefully evaluate ship maintenance records, company hiring and training policies, safety violations, complaints of misconduct, photographs, video footage, medical records, and other evidence obtained through the discovery process
  • Interview witnesses, cruise ship staff members, and other individuals with information about your case
  • Work closely with highly-regarded expert witnesses as we calculate what your cruise ship accident case might be worth
  • Handle all communications with the cruise line, its insurance company, and other defendants in your case
  • Force meaningful negotiations as we seek a maximum settlement on your behalf 
  • Offer guidance and advice when you’re asked to decide whether or not to accept a settlement offer
  • Fight to get you a life-changing verdict at trial if the cruise line refuses to accept responsibility for the accident and your injuries

Financial stress can escalate after a cruise ship accident. Hiring an attorney to help you fight back and get the compensation you deserve should make life easier, not more difficult. That’s why we offer contingent legal representation. 

You only pay if our cruise ship accident attorneys in St. Petersburg, FL win your case.

Call our law firm to learn more, and schedule a free initial consultation now.

Are Cruise Ship Accidents Common?

Every year, tens of millions of people go on cruises departing from various ports around the United States.

Florida is perhaps the most popular place to board a cruise ship. In 2019, 8.9 million people – roughly 59 percent of all cruise ship passengers – boarded ships in the Port of Tampa and other ports in the Sunshine State.

Unfortunately, everyone who embarks on a cruise from St. Petersburg doesn’t have the vacation of their dreams. Cruise ship accidents are fairly common.

Research suggests that nearly 500 cruise ship accidents have been reported since 2005.

Additional data suggests that there have been at least 620 cruise ship fatalities between 2000 and 2019.

According to, there were at least 223 cruise ship accidents, injuries, and/or deaths reported in 2022.

Types of Cruise Ship Accident Cases We Handle

Cruise ships are essentially a combination of hotels, amusement parks, and casinos at sea. There are countless attractions to entertain guests on board during a voyage. As a result, there are countless ways in which guests can potentially get hurt on cruise liners in Florida.

At Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, we advocate for clients who have been injured in all types of cruise ship accidents, including:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Assault and battery
  • Sexual assault
  • Fires and explosions
  • Elevator accidents
  • Falls from heights
  • Falling overboard
  • Drowning accidents
  • Infection and disease outbreaks
  • Ship grounding accidents
  • Falling object accidents

If you’ve been injured on a cruise ship in St. Petersburg, FL, we can help. Call us to discuss the specific details of your case and discover how our cruise ship accident attorneys can help you fight back.

How Do I Prove Negligence in a St. Petersburg Cruise Ship Accident Case?

Most cruise ship accident lawsuits are based on negligence. The cruise liner has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for you and your family while you’re on board the ship.

This means checking for slip and fall hazards regularly, ensuring that pools and attractions are in proper working condition, keeping dangerous tools and equipment out of the hands of young children, installing appropriate safety barriers and safeguards, and maintaining regular oversight over cruise ship operations. 

If the cruise line allows a dangerous condition to exist on the ship, it can be financially responsible if you get hurt.

To hold them accountable, you’ll need to prove that the cruise line (or another party) was negligent:

  • Duty: The cruise line owed you a duty of care because you were lawfully on board the ship
  • Breach: The cruise line allowed a dangerous condition to exist on the ship and failed to do anything to fix it or warn you about it
  • Causation: You were injured because of this dangerous condition
  • Damages: You’ve suffered medical bills, lost wages, disability, and/or other damages

Florida law requires you to prove your case by a preponderance of the evidence. In other words, a jury has to be convinced that your side of the story is more likely true than not.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Cruise Ship Accident Victims in St. Petersburg, Florida?

You can ask to recover both economic and non-economic damages when you file a cruise ship accident lawsuit in St. Petersburg, FL.

Economic damages are awarded to make up for accident-related financial costs, including:

  • Current medical bills
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Disability
  • Rehabilitation
  • Nursing care
  • Property damage
  • Funeral expenses if a cruise ship accident is fatal

Non-economic damages are awarded to compensate for trauma that’s much more subjective, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Chronic physical pain
  • Loss of consortium
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional distress
  • Embarrassment
  • Reduced quality of life

Expect the cruise line to downplay the seriousness of your injuries. Trust that our cruise ship accident attorneys in St. Petersburg won’t let the defendants dictate the terms of your case. We’ll carefully construct a legal claim that highlights your injuries and the ways in which your life has changed for the worse since your accident.

We’ll bring in experts to offer their valuable insight and support your fight for compensation. When it’s time to negotiate, we’ll engage in meaningful conversations and make it clear that lowball settlement offers won’t fly. Without a reasonable offer, our team will be fully prepared to bring your cruise ship accident lawsuit to trial.

Common Cruise Ship Accident Injuries

Depending on the type of accident in which you’re involved on a cruise ship, potential injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Eye injury
  • Tinnitus
  • Concussion
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Whiplash
  • Neck injury
  • Back injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Paralysis
  • Internal organ damage
  • Crushing injury
  • Amputation
  • Degloving injury
  • Burn injury
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Catastrophic injury
  • Wrongful death of a family member

Report your accident immediately, and then don’t hesitate to seek treatment from the team of on-board medical specialists. Not only will this help to reduce the risk of complications, but it will also ensure that your injuries are properly documented. If you file a lawsuit in the future, this record can help to prove causation and get you the compensation you deserve.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Florida Cruise Ship Accident Lawsuits?

When you buy a ticket to go on a cruise, you enter into a contract with the cruise line. The terms of this contract limit the amount of time you have to pursue compensation if you’re injured on board the ship.

While most personal injury lawsuits in Florida are subject to a two-year statute of limitations, you’ll generally only have one year to file a cruise ship accident injury claim.

You don’t want to let the statute of limitations expire. Once the deadline passes, your right to demand compensation will be lost forever.

Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With a Trusted St. Petersburg Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer

Were you injured in an accident on board a cruise ship in St. Petersburg, Florida? Contact Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers and discover how we can help you stand up, assert your rights, and demand the compensation you need to get back on your feet.

Our St. Petersburg cruise ship accident attorneys have 119+ years of collective experience and a proven ability to make a positive impact in the lives of clients like you.

We’ve won tens of millions in settlements and jury awards. Today, we’re ready to help you seek the best results in your cruise ship accident case. Contact us to set up a free consultation now.

Anthony David
Anthony David
Winters & Yonker are an extremely knowledgeable car accident attorneys in Tampa. Marc represented me injured in a car crash when I was coming off I-4. He is clearly the best in the field! The entire team at his firm is AMAZING!!!They helped through my whole process always keeping me up to date. They referenced me to the best doctors to assist in my recovery. I always felt comfortable with every part of it specially now in the pandemic time. The stuff is very friendly and always available for you. I specifically like to thank PRE-LITIGATION department. They were passionate, dedicated and professional. Marc worked very hard on my case and did fantastic job!!! I am very pleased with the outcome of my case. The results are outstanding. I highly recommend Marc and his entire Firm. You guys are AWESOME! Thank You to everyone at this firm!
Karla Rogers
Karla Rogers
Best lawyer ever! I had an accident gave them a call and like three months later, case Settled and full payout... Excellent service!
Lenette Montalvo
Lenette Montalvo
Christopher from Winter and Yonker was amazing. Very nice person to talk to, listen to what I had to say, and even gave his opinion when needed. From start to finish I felt very important and I was impressed by this law firm every one i spoke to made me feel safe and comfortableto. My accident has done a lot of damage to me, and knowing I had an attorney from Winters and Yonker on my side made me feel great. My compensation for my accident is amazing and it will help me in my life. Thank you very much I will definitely recommend this law firm.
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coleman vera
I went to Winter & Yonker Law Firm for my Tampa car accident case I was involved in. My case manager throughout the process and she took care of me from start to finish. The process was very seamless, I received the medical treatment that I needed immediately and at the very end, concluded with a very rewarding settlement. I've worked with a few law firms from prior accidents and none can compare to the service OR expertise I received from Mr. Yonker.👉 If you're seeking help for an injury related case, I would definitely recommend working with him and their amazing legal staff at Winter & Yonker Firm in Tampa. I will always use this firm for all my Personal Injury Claims! If you are l@@king for an Attorney to give you Top Notch legal help and the MOST money for your Pain & Suffering then take it from me I'm a paralegal and this firm continues to OUTSHINE them all!
Meredith Wilson
Meredith Wilson
This was my first personal injury experience. I wanted to choose a law office I could trust. A friend of mine recommended the law offices of Winters & Yonker, Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa. Through the entire process Attorney Marc Yonkers was helpful and communication was stellar. I never felt out the loop. I felt confident throughout entire process. Which this month (Sept. 2023) they were able to settle my accident case successfully and to my 100% satisfaction. I cannot recommend Winters & Yonker and or Marc any higher. In short they are firm, fair, aggressive, responsive, super smart and know the numerous ins and outs of Personal Injury cases (which can be quite complicated). Upon hiring them you get a law firm that will leave you confident that your case will be handled expertly and with your interests front and center.
Geneva Ramirez
Geneva Ramirez
Winters and Yonkers has been a legend of the Tampa Bay personal injury Attorney community for a long time. I was in a car accident recently with my husband, we suffered back and neck pains after two days and thought to get someone’s help. I found Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers through a google search and called them right up. The same day Mr. Winters contacted both of us, listened, and was compassionate to our situation. He helped us through the entire process including getting me seen by a Doctor so we could heal our injuries correctly, and we got our medical bills reduced! Bill Winters, my case manager, and the entire staff were very knowledgeable and exceptional at their work. We would like to express my sincere gratitude to them and recommend them without any hesitation to anybody who needs help, don't try and fight the at fault's insurance on your own. If you're injured and need someone to protect your rights you won't find a better Attorney than Bill Winters at Winters & Yonkers!-Geneva, Tampa FL#personalinjurylawyer #caraccidentlawyer #tampainjuryattorney
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Bum Boi
My wife and I are work in Mediation and Arbitration but know nothing about personal injury cases. When a young delivery Truck driver who was distracted by his phone hit us at full speed and rear-ended us as we were stopped in traffic on Wesley chapel. We knew we needed to hire the best lawyers with PI experience and expertise in the Tampa legal community that we could.From our first phone call with Bill Winters and then all the way through Trial preparation then Trial, we never felt any bad about our case because we knew Bill and the entire staff at Winters and Yonker would take care of us.Their dedication, innovation, motivation, reliability, unparalleled intellect, and exceptional skill as trial lawyers make them extraordinary individuals. My experience working with them was nothing short of exceptional. Experiencing a car accident is an ordeal that encompasses fear, trauma, and frustration. It's a life-changing event in anyone's life. There was no amount of money that could ever make me alright, because I would give any amount of cash to not have to go through the nightmare that the car accident was and continues to be.It took almost 2 years from the time of the car crash to go to trial, but ultimately the jury verdict that Bill Winters got for my family was worth fighting for. There were so many times over the course of the three years that we actively realized how amazing it was that we felt no anxiety or concerns or worries about our case, because Bill is truly outstanding!If you or anyone you know gets hurt in a car accident, call Winters and Yonkers RIGHT AWAY! And then rest assured that you, your family, or friends are being cared for by the ABSOLUTE BEST legal team in Tampa Bay. Thank you, Winters & Yonker!
Glenda Litimco
Glenda Litimco
Winters & Yonker law firm did excellent work with my injury case. Luckily, I was referred to Winters & Yonker from a good friend after I was injured in a car accident. I did some initial research about injury lawyers near me, but the reviews for this office really stood out to me in Tampa. I decided to call and after a single phone conversation, the choice was easy to make! Not only was everyone extremely professional, they made the entire process smooth and clear. I was at ease with each step of the way because they were always there to answer my questions and keep me informed of what was happening. All expectations were met and my settlement was exceeded. I got much more than I thought was even possible from the insurance company. I highly recommend the Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, and their team in Tampa to anyone in need of help after a car, truck, or motorcycle accident. You'll be in good hands!
Dandrea Ikner
Dandrea Ikner
This is the best lawyer in town
Nicky Warner
Nicky Warner
Max was amazing! He kept me updated throughout the whole process and was extremely easy to talk with. He also explained everything so I can completely understand it. It was an amazing experience. Thank you, Max!
Erika Smith
Erika Smith
I had a great experience with them! They truly care about you!! Thank you so much🤗
Jonathan Clem
Jonathan Clem
I was injured in a car crash here in town. Since it was essentially a "he said she said" accident case the opposing insurance claimed it was a 50/50 fault. Even though it clearly could not have been my fault. However, Bill worked diligently to get me everything I was needed to get my life back. He worked to get me access to all the doctors I needed and medical treamtment for my neck and back. Plus, a large settlement amount. Bill even took the time to calm me down when I saw the initial amount and cost for seeing my medical bills piling up! He even managed to get them to reduce their bills significantly! Plus, I received as much as possible. Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers in Tampa provided a great legal service. They were strait forward and honest about the approach, and communicated every aspect of the process. The firm took care of everything. I would 100% without a doubt recommend him if I knew someone that need a personal injury attorney. Given the circumstances of our introduction I hope I never have to, BUT Bill Winters will definitely be my first call if I'm ever injured again!
marie silvers
marie silvers
They are the Best! They care about you as a person!
jorden reagan
jorden reagan
Everyone on their staff is amazing! Chris and Sara won my case and helped me out with an accident that occurred a few months back. They made the entire process so easy! They called with case updates but not too often where it was constant phone calls. It was just enough to know what was going on the whole time without being bombarded. Thankful for Tayler on their staff who helped inform me on why Winters and Yonker was the best choice to go with!
Kimberly Rushton
Kimberly Rushton
Yes, I would highly recommend winners in Yonkers. I worked with Trevor and Trevor was the best. I recommend anyone that ever needs a lawyer to go to them. They are the best.
Pat Pawelkop
Pat Pawelkop
Highly recommend. Bill Winters and his staff took time to answer my questions, and handled my case in a timely and professional manner. I almost didn't contact a lawyer over my "small" injury case because I feared it would be so difficult and stressful. But he got me the settlement that my insurance company owed me, and I would never have been able to do that on my own. And with less stress that I anticipated. I'm glad I called them.
Amysway Barton
Amysway Barton
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Certified Soul
Certified Soul
Winters and Yonker is who you want to go to when you get in a car accident because they will take care of you and won’t let you get low balled on your settlement. I got in a car accident where my back and shoulder was injured and I was referred to a attorney named Trevor. I appreciate Trevor for handling my case and keeping me informed with all the information I needed.
Sean S
Sean S
One of the best law firms in Tampa. My family was involved in a serious car accident. We went to that other personal injury firm with the two M's they were trying to make us settle the case quickly and they we're not listening to us with the arrogant attitude that they were the experts and we were just ignorant. We promptly fired them and then hired Winters & yonker. Our settlement was 5 times higher than what the MM wanted to settle for.I would like to thank Winters and Yonkers entire staff for a wonderful experience. They were all very knowledgeable and walked us through the whole process. We really felt like they cared, unlike the other firm.
Linda Robinson
Linda Robinson
I’m giving Winters & Yonker a shout out. My mother fell in Winn Dixie afew months ago. Her first choice wasMorgan & Morgan; however, after theinterview with them they decided not to take the case. My perception was that it was not a big enough case for them. I knew that she deserved to be compensated for her injuries, and I had mad faith in Winters & Yonker from using them in the past. They not only took the case but settled it in record time. Thanks Winters and Yonker, and I like to send a special thank you to Christopher Smith, who was never to busy when I needed answers. I would recommend your law firm to anyone. I found you to be ethical, professional, and respectful to my family, but most of all you will fight for the little guy. Much love and respect. God bless you all and your families👏👏👏👏
Reuben Rodriques
Reuben Rodriques
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