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If you or a loved one has been injured while aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Tampa, FL, it’s important to understand your rights. Negligent cruise lines and other responsible parties may be responsible for your damages. An experienced Tampa cruise ship accident lawyer at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Between us, our lawyers have over 119 years of experience handling personal injury matters, such as Tampa boating accidents, aviation accidents, premises liability cases, slip & falls in Tampa, or any other injury or accident.

We’ve helped countless injured clients in the Tampa Bay area get the fair compensation they need.

You can learn more about your legal rights and options today, contact our law offices in Tampa, Florida at (813) 223-6200, to schedule a free consultation today.

How Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Cruise Ship Accident in Tampa, FL

How Winters & Yonkers, P.A. Can Help After a Cruise Ship Accident in Tampa

You didn’t expect to get hurt. If you’re injured on a cruise ship, you need compensation quickly to cover your medical bills and other expenses. Unfortunately, the insurance company isn’t looking out for your best interests. They’ll probably try to challenge your claim and make it difficult to recover the compensation you deserve.

Our Tampa personal injury attorneys at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers are here to stand up for you. 

When you hire us, you’ll have an experienced lawyer in your corner to:

  • Coordinate an investigation into your accident
  • Evaluate the evidence to determine who was liable for your injuries
  • Determine which laws apply in your case
  • Accurately assess your case value
  • Hire experts when their testimony can strengthen your case
  • Handle all paperwork and make sure you meet the relevant deadlines
  • Negotiate with the insurance companies for a fair settlement

The personal injury system can be difficult to navigate on your own. To learn more about how an experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer can tip the scales in your favor, give us a call today.

How Common Are Cruise Ship Accidents in Tampa?

Disastrous cruise ship sinkings and groundings are relatively rare. In fact, only 448 major cruise ship accidents have been reported since 2005. These types of accidents can cause widespread damage and disastrous injuries when they occur.

However, not all cruise ship accidents and injuries involve outright disasters. One study found that 663 injuries were reported to major cruise lines over a three-year period. 44.8% of all injuries aboard a cruise ship involved slip and fall accidents. About 31% of all reported injuries happened while passengers were on shore excursions.

Assault and sexual assault are also a problem on cruise ships. In the first six months of 2022 alone, the U.S. Department of Transportation found that 43 people were injured due to intentional violence aboard the ship.

What Is My Tampa Cruise Ship Accident Case Worth?

Every case is judged based on its specific facts and circumstances. If the insurance company is trying to downplay the extent of your injuries, our lawyers can help you understand the true value of your personal injury claim.

Some of the factors that will play a role in establishing your case value include:

  • The nature and severity of the injuries you’ve sustained
  • The cost of your medical treatment and other out-of-pocket expenses
  • Whether you’ll lose wages while you recover
  • How the injury will impact your future ability to work
  • Whether you’ll suffer a long-term or permanent disability
  • Your emotional and physical suffering
  • Whether liability is clear

Millions of people board cruise ships every year. If you were injured aboard a major cruise ship, you should understand that the cruise line knows how to defend itself against allegations of negligence. They have teams of insurance adjusters and defense lawyers who will work hard to convince you that your case is worth less than it really is.

You deserve an experienced lawyer who can help you understand what you really deserve. To learn more about how our Tampa cruise ship accident attorneys can help, call Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free case review today.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Cruise Ship Accident Victims?

Under Florida personal injury laws, compensatory damages are grouped into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages

You’re entitled to seek compensation for all past and future financial costs that are associated with the accident and injury, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages, income, and employment benefits
  • Reduced future earning potential
  • Rehabilitation and therapy
  • Nursing care 
  • In-home assistance
  • Counseling 
  • Property damage

You’re also entitled to seek compensation for the pain, inconvenience, and other non-financial losses associated with an injury, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress 
  • PTSD
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Chronic pain
  • Physical disfigurement
  • Scarring 
  • Anxiety
  • Severe depression 
  • Loss of consortium

Our lawyers in Tampa can help you document the damages you’ve suffered because of the injury. 

Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Cruise Ship Accident in Florida?

Unlike other states, you won’t lose your right to compensation unless you were mostly responsible for the accident. Florida has modified comparative fault laws. You can recover compensation if someone else was mostly liable. However, your damages will be reduced in proportion to your share of fault.

It’s the insurance adjuster’s job to pay accident victims as little as possible. Because of that, you should expect them to try to find a way to blame you for the accident. Remember, those allegations aren’t always justified. An experienced attorney can protect you from these and other insurance tactics.

We’ll Fight To Recover Compensation for All of Your Cruise Ship Accident Injuries

The types of injuries sustained in cruise ship accidents will vary depending on the nature of the accident.

Our lawyers represent passengers and crew who have sustained:

  • Broken hips
  • Fractures
  • Wrist and ankle injuries
  • Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
  • Nerve injuries
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Burns
  • Lacerations 
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis

There’s always the possibility that your injuries could be catastrophic or even fatal. If your loved one’s injuries were fatal, our lawyers can help you fight to recover compensation for wrongful death.

What Causes Most Cruise Ship Accidents in Tampa, Florida?

Slips, trips, and falls are the most common type of cruise ship accidents. 

Some of the most common causes of cruise ship slips and falls include:

  • Slick or slippery floors and walkways
  • Puddles or spills that haven’t been properly cleaned
  • Crumbling pavement
  • Missing guardrails 
  • Unsecured rugs or carpets
  • Uneven pavement and potholes
  • Debris, garbage, and other obstacles
  • Loose cables or wires
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Missing stair treads or damaged stairs

On the other hand, there are countless ways to get hurt while on a cruise. Our lawyers in Tampa often handle cases involving:

  • Food poisoning
  • Drownings
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Recreational accidents
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Assault and sexual assault caused by negligent security
  • Negligent hiring practices, including failure to properly train and supervise ship crew members
  • Bed bugs and unsanitary conditions
  • Dog bites
  • Medical malpractice within the cruise ship’s infirmary
  • Fires and explosions
  • Virus transmission
  • Falls overboard
  • Car accidents while on an onshore excursion
  • Equipment malfunctions
  • Running aground
  • Collisions with other objects or vessels

Multiple parties may share blame for these types of accidents. That makes it important to take legal action quickly. To learn more about your legal options, call our law firm in Tampa to schedule a free consultation today.

How Do I Prove Negligence After a Cruise Ship Accident in Florida? 

Cruise ship accident cases are often complicated because various laws apply to cruise ships. State, maritime laws, and United States federal laws may govern the case. Injured workers may even have rights under the Jones Act. In the end, however, most cases are based on simple negligence.

Someone is negligent when they:

Cruise lines are businesses. Premises liability laws require all businesses in the state of Florida to maintain their premises in safe conditions. 

Cruise lines have a duty to:

  • Fix any dangerous conditions aboard the ship in a reasonable amount of time
  • Provide adequate warning about the hazard before it can be repaired
  • Regularly inspect the ship to identify any unsafe conditions
  • Provide adequate security to prevent reasonably foreseeable violence

Do you need help proving your personal injury case? Call our lawyers for a free case evaluation today.

How Long Do I Have To File a Lawsuit After a Cruise Ship Accident in Florida?

The Florida statute of limitations gives victims two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in state court. You could have longer depending on the nature of the accident.

But in reality, you’ll probably have much less time to act. When you board a cruise, you agree to that cruise line’s terms and conditions. Princess Cruises, for example, only gives victims six months to notify the company about their injuries. 

Contact a Tampa Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Were you injured aboard a cruise? Contact a Tampa cruise ship accident lawyer at Winters & Yonker Personal Injury Lawyers, for a free initial consultation today. You won’t pay attorneys’ fees unless we win, so there’s no risk to you.

Anthony David
Anthony David
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Karla Rogers
Karla Rogers
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Lenette Montalvo
Lenette Montalvo
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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marie silvers
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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
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Pat Pawelkop
Pat Pawelkop
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Certified Soul
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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
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Reuben Rodriques
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