Going on a cruise is a great way to get some rest and relaxation, see exotic places, and enjoy the all-inclusive luxury that cruise liners offer. The types of packages that cruise ships offer are appealing to vacationers of all ages, and the on-board activities range from bungee jumping to yoga. Whether you are looking for fun for your whole family, or if you and your partner just need a 10-day reset while enjoying the sun and the ocean, a cruise might be appealing.
However, there is a dark side to the cruise industry, and anyone who has been injured as a cruise passenger knows this story all too well: cruise companies providing inadequate medical care, convincing passengers to sign waivers under duress, and otherwise engaging in some unethical or legally-muddy behavior in order to protect their own financial interests and reputation over the health of an injured passenger. If you have been injured on a cruise ship, working with an experienced cruise ship attorney in Jacksonville can be one of the most important steps that you take as you try to move forward from your accident.
Read more below about cruise ship accidents, and contact the team at Fasig | Brooks as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation about your case. After suffering from any type of injury, trying to take on the complicated process of an insurance claim or understanding your legal options can be overwhelming – hiring a Jacksonville boat accident lawyer gives you the time you need to care for yourself.
Why Someone Might Need a Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer
After an accident on a cruise ship, you can be certain that the cruise company will be happy to give you plenty of guidance on the steps that they think you should take, such as signing paperwork that they provide, filing an insurance claim on your own, and settling the entire issue as quickly as possible. These are not the best steps for you to take. The following are just a few reasons why you might need or would benefit from the support of an attorney, and whether your own situation is covered below or not, contact us now so that we can discuss it in specific detail during our initial consultation.
Get Advice Early About What to Do
After your injury, likely while still on the cruise ship, the cruise liner administrators may begin to give you advice and suggestions about what you should do, such as sign a waiver or non-disclosure agreement (which you should NEVER do, under any circumstances without first consulting an attorney), provide a statement about your own contributory negligence, or otherwise take actions that will have a negative impact on your case in the long run. Contact a lawyer while you are still on the cruise ship, before doing much more than getting treated by the on-ship physician, in order to get advice on the way to handle the coming hours and days.
Minimize Stress to Maximize Recovery
Trying to understand where to go with your case at the same time that you are trying to recover from your injuries can be extremely overwhelming. In fact, stress is found to have a significant negative impact on physical recovery from injuries, so the sooner you are partnered with an experienced Jacksonville cruise ship accident attorney, the sooner you will be able to prioritize your own recovery. The award-winning team at Fasig | Brooks approaches each case with compassion for our clients, and we are proud to support you through your recovery by taking on your legal concerns.
Move Forward With Confidence
The cruise ship company and their insurance company will have many suggestions about the “right” steps to take after your accident, and they will highlight the benefits of resolving this quickly so that you can move on with your life. While it would be ideal if you could settle the case quickly AND walk away with the money you truly deserve, this is not their motivation: they benefit from moving quickly, especially as you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed about your financial situation which can lead to making quick decisions about a settlement. Your attorney will be able to lay out all of your options and give you the confidence that you need to move forward with the best option for YOU.
Fight for the Money You Deserve
When you are working with an insurance company through an injury claim, you will have a claims adjuster who spends up to a month—or more—investigating your case. During this investigation, their primary focus will be how they can save the insurance company as much money as possible, NOT to identify all of the damages that you have suffered so that they can give you a fair offer. There are many damages that insurance companies will overlook, but your attorney will be able to counter their initial offer with their own calculations that they have done during their own investigation into your injuries.
Why Choose Fasig | Brooks?
The law firm that you decide to work with is an important decision and one that you will be aware of each time you interact with your cruise ship accident lawyer through the duration of your work together. It is all too common to work with a law firm where each time you call you speak with a different attorney, which always feels like you are just one of many cases that the firm is trying to juggle – not the case with Fasig | Brooks. When you are working with our firm, you are a top priority, and each time you contact our firm you will know that to be true.
In addition to the level of care that you get as a client of our firm, we have a history of winning cases against cruise ship companies, commercial insurance companies, and a range of other personal injury cases where we fought to get our clients the money that they deserve. Our top priority is the health of our clients—physically, mentally, and financially—and your case will be no different. We are confident that you will know why choosing Fasig | Brooks is a good idea after our initial consultation, so contact us as soon as possible and let’s discuss your situation and how we can help you move forward with your life.