Victims of a bus crash on the island of St. Maarten are taking the important step of seeking legal representation to make sure their rights are preserved. It’s a step best taken as soon as possible after an injury. And it’s important to choose an attorney with the right kind of experience to handle the case.
The lives of 36 vacationers were impacted when the driver of a tour bus carrying cruisers to an on-shore destination lost control on a steep incline, narrowly avoiding an oncoming car. The bus then ended up careening into a ditch, stopping abruptly against an embankment. Most of the 36 passengers were hurt with some of the passengers suffering serious injuries. Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas had sailed from Port Canaveral, Florida July 15. What many people don’t realize is that although the cruise line claim they have no duty to ensure the safety of their passengers while on a shore excursions, it is possible, but not easy, to make a successful financial recovery. Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman P.A. have made numerous successful recoveries for shore excursion accidents. Our firm prides itself on actually preparing and trying the cases we handle. We do not advertise on the web to attract new clients who are then farmed out to another law firm as a referral.
When the cruise ship company falls short of it’s own duties under the law, passengers have legal recourse to recover damages. Many of the passengers will incur medical bills well into the future for treatment required for healthy living, and in some cases to limit the intensity of the lasting pain. Medical care is just one form of damages that injured passengers are entitled to recover. Other items of damage include pain and suffering, disability, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, disfigurement, bodily injury, loss of earning and earning capacity in the past and into the future. Our cruise injury lawyers are well versed in the specific laws that govern cruise lines and protect their passengers.
There are about 90,000 attorneys in the state of Florida alone. Choosing the right firm to represent you is of the utmost importance after an accident. Our law firm has extensive experience with maritime and cruise line law, and are representing a number of the victims of this shore excursion accident.
We are pleased that so many of the victims of this unfortunate incident have chosen us to represent them. Shore excursion cases such as this often face difficult legal hurdles, many of which stem from the cruise line trying to enforce the tiny fine print in the passenger ticket contract, which is little more than a tool designed to deprive its passengers of their rights. We look forward to working tirelessly on our clients’ behalf in order to obtain for them the maximum recovery under the law, and to continue to shape the law regarding shore excursion liability.
Published on August 2, 2012
Categories: Cruise Passenger S.O.S., International Maritime