Once you have booked a cruise, you are likely looking forward to a fun vacation rather than thinking about things that could go wrong while on it. Unfortunately, however cruise passengers face many different cruise injury risks, from the threat of being hurt in an offshore excursion or falling overboard to the risk of becoming a victim of sexual assault aboard a cruise ship.
To make sure you are smart about staying safe and protecting your rights, you need to understand the kinds of risks that cruise passengers face. You need to carefully review the fine print on your cruise ticket to understand what rights you are waiving when you board the ship, and you need to make a plan for what you will do if something goes wrong while you are traveling.
Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. can provide you with the resources and information that you need to be prepared in case the worst happens while you are on a cruise. Our legal team can also help you to understand your rights and pursue a claim for compensation if something does go wrong and you or someone you love ends up hurt or killed while on a cruise. Give us a call to talk with a cruise ship accident lawyer if something has gone wrong so we can provide the assistance you need in holding the cruise line accountable.
What to Do After You Book a Cruise
After you book your cruise, the steps you need to take to reduce the chances of injury and to prepare for something going wrong include the following:
- Download our Cruise Lawyer App. This free app works on iPhones and Androids and includes a case evaluation form, storage capability to collect and record evidence of your injury, an expense-tracking feature so you can keep track of injury-related expenses, and direct contact information for Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. so you can get in touch with an attorney as soon as an injury happens.
- Print out the Cruise SOS card. This card can be printed and taken with you on your cruise so you will have ready access to emergency contact information and instructions on what to do in an emergency. When you are abroad and injured, having access to this information is vital if a problem arises and you or someone you love is hurt.
The cruise line you are traveling on and your destination can also influence the type of risks that you face. Be sure to do some research into the cruise industry to find out which companies present the biggest risks and to discover common problems your cruise company may have experienced in the past.
Getting Legal Help from a Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer
Being prepared can help reduce the chances of a problem arising and can enable you to respond in case something does go wrong. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, you could be hurt due to negligence or injured due to a violent action by a crewmember or other passenger. If something goes wrong, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. is here to help. Give us a call today to find out how a cruise ship accident lawyer can assist you.