Carnival Cruise Line is among the world’s largest cruise lines and is headquartered in Doral, Florida, a suburb of Miami. Carnival Cruise Lines was founded in 1972 as an independent company, but it is now part of a massive cruise conglomerate owned by Carnival Corporation & PLC. Carnival is the largest of the cruise brands owned by Carnival Corporation & PLC, which also owns Costa Cruises and the Holland America line.
We have been successfully bringing cases against Carnival and all of its subsidiaries for decades. We have attorneys licensed in Florida, California, and Washington state which allows us to effectively handle cases against Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Seabourne, and all other Carnival subsidiaries.
We have even been repeatedly successful in bringing claims against Carnival’s foreign subsidiaries such as Costa Cruises. To this end, we are currently pursuing a Class Action against Costa Cruises related to the ill-fated Costa Luminosa which seeks damages for the preventable coronavirus outbreak aboard the ship.
Carnival describes itself as “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line®.” However, the company has come under fire for allegedly providing very low pay and minimal benefits to crew members while requiring 14-hour shifts with no days off. The potential for injury among crew members is high under such conditions, as is the possibility crew members will be unable to provide a safe environment for passengers. Both cruise line workers and passengers need to know their rights if and when problems develop aboard a Carnival ship. With our decades of experience in litigating cases against Carnival and its subsidiaries, look no further than us to obtain justice for your injury claim.
- Types of Cruise Ship Accidents on Carnival Cruise Lines
- What to Look for in a Carnival Cruise Line Attorney
- Suing Carnival Cruise Lines: Reputation in the Industry
- Experience & Knowledge Suing Cruise Lines
- Successful Case Results Against Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival has 24 ships, and the company boasts each “features its own unique twist on Carnival-style fun.” These ships include:
- Carnival Vista, which cruises the Caribbean
- Carnival Breeze, which cruises the Caribbean
- Carnival Sunshine, which cruises Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean
- Carnival Magic, which cruises Bermuda, Canada, New England, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Transatlantic
- Carnival Fantasy, which cruises the Caribbean and the Panama Canal
- Carnival Inspiration, which cruises Mexico
- Carnival Conquest, which cruises the Caribbean and the Bahamas
- Carnival Dream, which cruises the Caribbean
- Carnival Ecstasy, which cruises the Bahamas
- Carnival Freedom, which cruises Alaska, the Caribbean, and the Panama Canal
- Carnival Sensation, which cruises the Caribbean and the Bahamas
- Carnival Sunrise, which cruises the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and the Panama Canal
- Carnival Valor, which cruises the Caribbean and Transatlantic
- Carnival Pride, which cruises the Caribbean, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Panama Canal
- Carnival Glory, which cruises the Caribbean and the Panama Canal
- Carnival Radiance, which cruises Bermuda, Canda, New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Bahamas, and
- Carnival Splendor, which cruises Australia, New Zeland, and the South Pacific
- Carnival Liberty, which cruises the Bahamas
- Carnival Elation, which cruises the Bahamas and the Caribbean
- Carnival Fascination, which cruises the Caribbean
- Carnival Paradise, which cruises the Caribbean
- Carnival Legend, which cruises the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Europe, the Panama Canal, and Transatlantic
- Carnival Miracle, which cruises Alaska, Mexico, and Hawaii
- Carnival Imagination, which cruises Mexico
- Carnival Panorama, which cruises Mexico
- Mardi Gras, which cruises the Caribbean
- Carnival Horizon, which cruises the Caribbean
- Carnival Spirit, which cruises Alaska, Asia, Australia, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, South Pacific, and Transpacific
No matter the ship and no matter the destination, every passenger and crew member is entitled to expect the ship will be reasonably safe for them. If there is a failure on the part of Carnival Cruise Line to offer a safe traveling environment, both on the ship and off, crew members and passengers may pursue a claim for damages. Simply stated, a cruise line has a duty to provide reasonable care under the circumstances. So whether it is a wet floor, a broken lounge chair, or a dangerous shore excursion, the analysis for liability is often similar: Did the cruise line act reasonably under the circumstances?
Types of Cruise Ship Accidents
If you suffered an injury on a cruise ship, either as a crew member or a passenger, you may be entitled to compensation. Examples of situations where you may want to pursue a claim include:
- Passenger injuries
- Sexual assault
- Cruise ship worker injuries
- Falling overboard
- Shore excursion accidents
- Asbestos claims
The statute of limitations for most maritime injuries is three years from the date of the accident. However, disclaimers in most cruise ship tickets narrow that time to one year for passengers. This also includes a 6-month notice provision. This means that you need to act quickly to preserve your rights. It is important to speak with a cruise ship accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident so that you can make sure to file your claim on time.
Frequently Asked Questions About Carnival Cruise Accidents and Lawsuits
The following are just a few of the many questions that we commonly answer during initial consultations, as well as central questions to our cases as we work with clients to get the compensation and justice that they deserve following an injury on a Carnival Cruise Ship. Keep in mind that the specifics of your situation will change the answers to these questions specifically, and the following are simply meant to give you a general idea of how we will work to find the unique answers to your case. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we will be able to begin working on your case.
How much is my personal injury case worth after an accident on a Carnival Cruise?
Calculating the damages that you have incurred and suffered as a result of your injury on a Carnival Cruise is complicated, and even after we have calculated the amount that we believe you are entitled to, there will be a series of negotiations in order to reach an out-of-court settlement or a lawsuit will be filed and we will take your case to trial. . Calculating your damages requires a deep-dive into things like your finances, your medical bills, and even quantifying the nature and severity of the emotional and psychological impacts that this accident has had on you.
Economic damages are the basis of the damages that we will compile following a Carnival Cruise injury and include things like your medical bills, lost wages in the past and into the future, and all other measurable financial impacts that are directly tied to the accident. When left to their own calculations, Carnival Cruises will avoid offering compensation for many of these damages, which is important to remember if and when you get an initial offer that they attempt to settle your case with prior to hiring an attorney.
Non-economic damages are even more complicated and nuanced than economic damages and seek compensation for pain and suffering and related losses that generally speaking do not have measurable or set financial values associated with them. They seek compensation for things like the actual pain and suffering that you have endured, as well as emotional issues such as fear, anger, or anxiety that you may grapple with following your injuriesa and experience. As you can imagine, these damages are even more difficult to reach an agreement on, but we have over 165 years of combined experience fighting for non-economic damages for our clients and will do the same for you.
In very specific instances (for example, see our list of successful case results below), a judge or jury may award additional compensation to the victim known as punitive damages. These damages are generally not included in the initial compensatory damage package that a victim and their attorney will seek, and so we will rarely include these possible awards in our initial calculations. However, if the accident is the result of exceptionally egregious or negligent behavior on behalf of the cruise company, then we will fight for punitive damages to the fullest extent under the law.
Am I required to sign any paperwork that the Carnival Cruise staff presents me following an accident on board a cruise?
Under no circumstances should you sign ANY paperwork presented to you from the Carnival Cruise staff, whether it is medical staff, administrative staff, or anyone else working on behalf of the cruise company. Contact our law firm as soon as possible so that you can be represented by an experienced Carnival Cruise accident lawyer, and we will be able to provide you with advice and guidance remotely, even if you are still on board the ship waiting to disembark at the port.
Typically, any paperwork that a cruise company will request that you sign after an accident will be a tool to reduce their own liability, either by having you waive your rights or by accepting fault, neither of which should be discussed or determined while you are trying to get through the early hours and days following such a traumatic experience, and without an attorney representing your case.
When should I hire an attorney if I am injured on a Carnival Cruise?
As soon as you are able to get access to a phone or internet to contact our law firm is when you should consider hiring an attorney. As our last FAQ indicates, there is nothing positive that can come from you interacting directly with the Carnival Cruise Lines staff without legal representation, especially when their top priority is to identify all possible ways to limit their own liability in the case. Call us now for a free initial consultation, and we will be able to give you clear guidance from the moment we decide to work together and help you towards a legal outcome that gets you the justice you deserve.
What to Look for in a Carnival Cruise Lines Lawyer
Cruising is a billion-dollar industry, which means that cruise lines have deep pockets to fight lawsuits. Cruise lines also have many tactics for avoiding liability, such as adding extensive disclaimers to their tickets. Add to that the fact that maritime law governs most lawsuits relating to cruise ships, and you’re left with a highly complex area of law.
Not just any attorney can handle a cruise ship case. You need an attorney well-versed in maritime law and with years of experience in the industry. As you consider hiring a cruise ship attorney, keep the following factors in mind.
Suing Carnival Cruise Lines: Reputation in the Industry
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.’s cruise ship lawyers are nationally and internationally renowned. When major news outlets need commentary or analysis regarding cruise ship incidents, they call our attorneys. We have been featured on over 100 nationally broadcast television programs, such as FOX News, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning.
We have also received numerous accolades from preeminent organizations, such as Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers, the International Seafarers Union, and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Most recently, U.S. News and World Report named Attorney Charles R. Lipcon as Lawyer of the Year in admiralty and maritime law for 2020. They have also listed us as a Best Law Firm every year since 2016.
Experience & Knowledge Suing Cruise Lines
Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to hold Carnival Cruise Line accountable. We have repeatedly demonstrated our skill in complex maritime cases where victims have sustained a serious injury or died while aboard a cruise ship or a shore excursion.
Our firm has been helping cruise ship accident victims for nearly 50 years, and our team of 12 attorneys has over 165 years of combined experience. While we operate primarily out of Miami, Florida, we have offices across the country and we represent clients from all over the world. We have even appeared in courtrooms in other countries, and we are able to assist clients who speak many different languages.
Further, we have led the way in a number of landmark decisions that have helped to define the law in cruise ship cases. For example, in Carlisle v. Carnival Corporation, we successfully argued to the Florida Court of Appeal that a cruise line could be held vicariously responsible for the medical malpractice of the ship’s doctor with respect to a passenger. This marked a shift in the law, and the federal Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit eventually adopted the rule in 2014.
If you want a cruise ship attorney with unparalleled experience, you need look no further than Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A.
Successful Case Results Against Carnival Cruise Lines
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., has recovered over $300 million dollars for our clients. We have successfully represented hundreds of clients suing Carnival Cruise Line, including seamen, crewmembers, electricians, engineers, captains, passengers, and others hurt aboard Carnival ships. The following cases illustrate a few examples of our successes against Carnival.
Caraffa v. Carnival Cruise Line- $3.6 million jury verdictA Carnival Cruise Line electrician developed lung cancer related to asbestos exposure.Caraffa was an Italian electrician who worked for Carnival for 15 years. In 2001, he developed lung cancer and eventually passed away from the disease. His doctors believed that his cancer was related to asbestos exposure. The machine spaces and engine room where Caraffa worked daily during his time with Carnival was full of asbestos. But there was a problem—Caraffa was also a smoker, so Carnival tried to claim it wasn’t responsible. After we conducted 9 years of diligent discovery and a 9-day trial, a jury found Carnival 35% responsible for Caraffa’s injuries and awarded his estate $3.6 million.Read More
Nunez v. Carnival Cruise Line- $575,000 jury verdictCulinary worker is injured at work faces a 20% permanent impairmentNunez was a Dominican culinary worker on one of Carnival’s ships. While Nunez was moving a large stack of plastic boxes, the stack got stuck on a crack in the floor, and he and the boxes toppled over. Nunez cut his leg on a chipped box. Nunez’s cut became infected, aggravating a pre-existing varicose vein problem. His doctor testified that this resulted in a 20% permanent impairment. Nunez brought a claim under the Jones Act, claiming that Carnival should have given him a cart or additional assistance moving the boxes. He also claimed that Carnival provided him with inadequate medical care following the incident. A jury awarded Nunez $575,000.Read More
Rodriguez v. Carnival Cruise Line- $525,000 jury verdictLaundry room worker is fed undercooked meat and becomes infected with a parasite.Rodriguez, a 23-year-old Costa Rican, worked in the laundry room of one of Carnival’s vessels. He claimed that Carnival fed him undercooked meat. This led him to be infected with a parasite that caused him to lose his light perception vision in one eye. He further claimed that Carnival did not provide him with proper ophthalmologic care, which could have reduced his vision loss. A jury awarded Rodriguez $525,000.Read More
We could easily list literally hundreds more successful Carnival cases, but the cruise industry invariably requires confidentiality clauses which prevent us from disclosing the details of the settlements.
Contact LM&W If You’re are Injured or Assaulted on a Carnival Cruise Ship
If you get hurt aboard any Carnival Cruise Line ship, you need to explore your options for making a claim. Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., represents passengers and crew members injured while onboard Carnival ships, as well as on any cruise line on which an injury occurs. Contact us at (877) 233-1238 or reach out online to schedule a consultation with a maritime attorney so you can learn more about your rights as a victim of a cruise line accident. Let us put our experience and expertise to work for you!