Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. are the nation’s leading maritime lawyers, and have significant experience handling cases against Disney Cruise Lines. With over 200 years of combined experience, over $300 million in damages recovered, and numerous awards including being named to “Best Law Firms”® by US News & World Report since 2016, and 4 having attorneys named to “Best Lawyers”® 2016-2024, we have the proven experience with all aspects of maritime and cruise ship law.
Maritime law is complicated, and the unfortunate reality is that cruise companies use these complexities to their advantage as they work to settle claims against them as cheaply as possible — or avoid paying at all. However, when injured passengers are being represented by one of the award-winning attorneys at our maritime law firm, Disney knows they are in for a fight against an experienced adversary.
Take a look below to get a better understanding of your rights when you embark on Disney Cruise Lines, how to handle a maritime injury, and learn about the importance of working with an experienced law firm to fight for the money you deserve after an accident or injury. Contact us right away to request a free consultation and to get started on your case as soon as possible.
Cases Against Disney Cruise Line
Disney has a legal duty to ensure that every passenger and crew member aboard every ship in its fleet is protected from an unreasonable risk of harm. Unfortunately, Disney has failed to provide a safe cruising environment in many past cases. From a sexual assault captured on a surveillance video to a four-year-old boy nearly drowning, reports of injuries, rapes, and crimes aboard Disney Cruise Line vessels are not an uncommon occurrence.
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has repeatedly, successfully represented victims who were raped, sexually assaulted, or injured in many different ways aboard Disney Cruise Lines and other major cruise lines. Our long list of companies sued demonstrates we are always ready to take on the biggest cruise lines and shipping companies worldwide to fight for victims’ rights everywhere.
Some of the types of cruise ship passenger injury cases we handle include:
- Cruise ship passenger injuries
- Crewmember injuries
- Cruise ship rape and assault
- Passenger disappearances
- Passenger overboard accidents
- Passenger drowning incidents
- Shore excursion injuries
- Cruise ship medical malpractice
- Flowrider accidents
- Cruise ship class actions
What To Do If You Or a Loved One Has Been Hurt Aboard a Disney Cruise
An accident that causes significant injuries can be a stressful, disorienting, and downright terrifying experience no matter where it happens. In addition to the pain and suffering you or your loved one will be enduring, the matter is further complicated by the fact that being at sea, sometimes in international or foreign waters, can be disorienting while far from home. At the same time that you will need to deal with this medical issue, there are countless legal complexities that you will need to make sense of as the cruise company tries to present liability waivers and statements for you to sign — all designed to limit liability and protect Disney’s legal interests more than your own financial needs. That’s where we come in. We have seen all the tricks and techniques the cruise lines use to try to protect themselves, at your expense. This is why it is critically important to contact us as soon as possible.
Get Medical Attention Immediately
After an accident, there is nothing more important than your health and safety. This starts by alerting cruise staff of your accident and demanding that you get comprehensive medical care from the medical team onboard the ship. This medical attention ensures that, most obviously, your injuries are cared for, but secondly, it will generate important medical documentation that lays out each of your injuries. Failure to seek medical care while aboard the ship is certainly a fact that any cruise line will try to use against you.
Document All Relevant Information
If possible, take photos and video of the accident scene and document your own experience with either written notes or a voiceover while filming. Regardless of how you choose to document these details, all of this information will be very helpful for your attorney as they gather all of the relevant facts about your accident and build a strong case. No matter how vivid these details may seem in your mind while you are still aboard the ship in the days after your accident, memories fade. Concrete, immutable evidence will be a major benefit to your legal needs. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Hire An Experienced Maritime Attorney
Our firm offers a free consultation for victims of cruise ship accidents, and we will be happy to have this consultation with you while you are still aboard your cruise waiting to disembark. The hours and days after an accident aboard a cruise ship can be harrowing for a victim and their family, but knowing that there is proven, award-winning support handling the legal details and providing you with real-time advice can help alleviate this pressure and help you stay focused on your health. We will be able to take over all of the legal-related interactions with the cruise line, advise you on your steps to take aboard the ship, and put you at ease so that you can focus on your medical issues.
About Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line is a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company. The cruise line was first founded in 1996 and was initially called the Magical Cruise Company Limited. Disney had first negotiated with both Carnival and Royal Caribbean to no avail before founding its own cruise line company.
Today, Disney has just a small percentage of the world’s cruising market in terms of passengers, and total revenue earned by cruise companies worldwide. Nonetheless, many people embark on cruises with Disney each year for a unique, family-centric experience.
Despite Disney’s best efforts, accidents and injuries still frequently occur on Disney cruise ships. And when injury or tragedy occurs, we are here to help as we have successfully handled numerous passenger and crew member injury cases against Disney cruises. Importantly, all cases against Disney must be filed in Orlando, Florida per the terms of the passenger ticket contract. Same goes for crewmembers because Disney’s headquarters is in Orlando.
Like all cruise companies, the cruise line is supposed to provide a safe environment for passengers and crew members alike, and Disney is supposed to take reasonable precautions to ensure neither crew nor passengers get hurt by dangerous conditions aboard its ships. Whenever the cruise line fails in its obligations to maintain a safe environment, those harmed can pursue a civil claim for monetary damages with help from an experienced maritime lawyer.
Passenger claims must generally be filed within one year of the date of the incident or injury, and for crewmembers it is three years from the date of incident or injury.
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Disney Cruise Line’s Fleet
Disney Cruise Line currently operates four ships. These ships include:
- Disney Magic
- Disney Wonder
- Disney Dream
- Disney Fantasy
In addition to the four ships active in Disney’s fleet, the Disney Wish is scheduled to launch in Summer 2022. This ship boasts cinematic dining experiences where guests can interact with popular Disney characters, as well as kids’ clubs, a range of themed and interactive attractions, and much more.
Disney Cruise Line Accident FAQ
Disney cruises are supposed to be a magical experience. However, that is not always the case. If you have suffered debilitating injuries aboard a Disney cruise line, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. The claims process can be confusing. To help you feel more confident in pursuing your case, we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding Disney cruise line accidents below. If you have additional questions we do not answer on this page, do not hesitate to contact our team to discuss your specific concerns further.
What are some common causes of accidents on a Disney cruise?
When you are aboard a Disney cruise line, the types of accidents you could be involved in are considerable. Your attorney will carefully review the cause of your accident to determine who should be held accountable for your damages. In some instances, Disney cruise line injuries are accidental. For example, a passenger heading to breakfast one morning might slip and fall on a wet floor, suffering critical neck or back injuries, and bone breaks. These cases still can result in compensation if it can be proven that disney acted negligently, if for example, Disney failed to properly monitor the floor.
Incidence of criminal activity, including theft, assault, sexual assault, and other types of violent crimes, are also not uncommon. Failure to protect Disney cruise line passengers with adequate security, lighting, and safety equipment and materials often contributes to assault and other injuries on cruise ships.
You can expect your attorney to conduct an in-depth investigation into the cause of your Disney cruise line injuries so we can identify all parties who contributed to your damages and hold them accountable accordingly.
What kind of compensation can I receive for my injuries on a Disney cruise?
The compensation you can receive for injuries sustained aboard a Disney cruise are considerable. You have the right to be made whole, which means you should be repaid for every loss you suffered as a result of someone else's negligence or misconduct. The type of compensation you can receive will depend on the type of claim you file.
For example, whether you are a crew member aboard a Disney cruise line or a passenger, you have the right to pursue civil action through a personal injury claim. There are many differences between a passenger versus a crewmember claim but we are well versed in dealing with both types of cases as we have been successfully handling such claims since 1971.
Generally speaking, when you file a personal injury claim, you have the right to compensation for every loss. This does not only include a portion of your last wages, but every single way your life has been affected by the injuries you sustained in your Disney cruise ship accident. Economic damages will describe your financial losses while non-economic damages will account for the ways your life has been affected physically, psychologically, and emotionally. Some examples of potentially recoverable damages after a Disney cruise ship accident include:
- Loss of income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of employee related benefits, including sick time, paid time off, contributions to your retirement savings plans from your employer, employer-provided health insurance, and other benefits
- Chronic physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and psychological distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium, including an intimate spousal relationship
- Disfigurement and skin scars
- Reputational damages
- Apprehension and embarrassment
- Anticipation and fear
- Shock and indignity
These are only a few examples of the types of damages that may be recovered following a Disney cruise line accident claim. You can expect your attorney to carefully review your losses to ensure every single one is accounted for so you can maximize the compensation you win.
Can I still file a claim if I signed a waiver or release form?
In many situations the answer is yes, you can still have a claim. Just because you signed a waiver or release form does not necessarily mean you will lose your right to pursue legal action if you are involved in an accident. Disney cruise lines, captains, and crew members have an obligation to keep you safe. If they breach their duty of care in any way, you can still pursue legal action against them, despite having signed a waiver of liability for. If the cruise line attempts to argue that you do not have the right to compensation, make sure you have your attorney step in and take over negotiations so you do not have to worry about being taken advantage of during this trying time in your life.
How long do I have to file a claim for an accident on a Disney cruise?
The amount of time you have to file your Disney cruise line accident claim will vary on a case by case basis. Generally speaking, passenger cases must be filed within one year of the date of injury, and there is a 6 month notice requirement. Crew injury cases often have a longer, 3 year limit to file any case, but this may vary per the terms of the employment agreement and as such we generally recommend any such case be filed also within one year. This is precisely why having an experienced attorney on your side who understands how international personal injury laws work will be a valuable asset if you are injured aboard a Disney cruise.
Who can I sue for damages after an assault or injury on a Disney cruise?
After conducting a thorough investigation into the cause of your Disney cruise line accident, your attorney will have a better idea of who should be sued for your damages. In many cases, the Disney cruise line itself can be held accountable due to negligence or through vicarious liability if one of their crewmembers was responsible for causing a victim's injuries through the scope of their employment. After our investigation is complete, you might be surprised to find multiple parties contributed to the injuries used to stand. Although this may make your case more complicated, it will also allow you a better opportunity to recoup your damages in full which may not be possible if you are pursuing a claim against a single individual or entity.
Contact LM&W If You’re Injured or Assaulted Aboard Disney Cruise Lines
If tragedy strikes and you were a victim of rape or sexual assault or any of the many injuries that could occur while traveling or working aboard a Disney cruise ship, an experienced maritime attorney can help.
Our firm has been operating for over 50 years, and has recovered over $300 million dollars on behalf of our clients, handled landmark cases that have changed the landscape of maritime law, made hundreds of guest appearances on the world’s biggest news programs as experts on maritime and cruise law, and have received countless accolades and awards, including being named to “Best Law Firms”® by US News & World Report since 2016.
When you’re working with Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., you can be confident that there is a team of aggressive, experienced attorneys who are fighting for the compensation and justice you rightfully deserve. Contact Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. today to learn more about the assistance our experienced attorneys can offer you.
Other Companies Sued
- American Seafoods
- Antillean Marine Shipping Corp.
- Azamara Cruise Lines
- Carnival Cruise Lines
- Celebrity Cruise Lines
- Costa Cruise Lines
- Crowley Maritime Corporation
- Crystal Cruises
- Cunard Line
- Holland America Line
- Icicle Seafoods, Inc.
- Island Queen Cruises
- Maersk Lines Limited
- Mediterranean Shipping Cruises USA
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Ocean Drilling & Exploration Company (ODECO)
- Oceania Cruises
- P&O Cruises
- Princess Cruise Lines
- Pullmantur Cruises
- Radisson Seven Seas
- Royal Caribbean Cruise
- Seabourn Cruise Line
- Silversea Cruises
- Starboard Cruise Services
- Steiner Transocean
- Tote Maritime & Sea Star Line (El Faro)
- The CMA CGM Group
- Tropical Shipping
- Viking Cruises
- Virgin Voyages
- Windstar Cruises