Cruise Passenger Accident Injury

Passenger Accidents: Seeking Justice and Compensation

At Aronfeld Trial Lawyers, we understand the devastating impact that accidents can have on passengers. Whether you were onboard a cruise ship, ferry, yacht, or any other vessel, your safety and well-being should be the top priority of those in charge. Unfortunately, passenger accidents do occur, and when they do, it is essential to seek the right medical attention and legal representation to protect your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.

The Prevalence of Passenger Accidents

Maritime transportation is a vital part of global travel and commerce, accommodating millions of passengers each year. Major companies we often sue  as a result of negligence include; Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Disney Cruises, Princess Cruises, Oceania Cruises, MSC, and Norwegian Cruise Line. While the majority of maritime journeys are safe and pleasurable, accidents often do happen for a variety of factors. These accidents can be avoided, and are frequently the fault of the cruise line’s negligence.

According to the United States Coast Guard, there were over 4,000 reported maritime accidents involving cruise ships in the United States in the past year alone. In recent years, there have been notable incidents involving fires, collisions, and outbreaks of illnesses affecting thousands of passengers. Ferry accidents, commonly used for both transportation and leisure purposes, have been responsible for numerous casualties and injuries globally. Overcrowding, mechanical failures, and poor maintenance have been contributing factors in some of these accidents. Statistics from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) reveal that passenger accidents account for a significant portion of overall maritime casualties worldwide.

Types of Passenger Accidents

Passenger accidents can take various forms, each with its own set of legal considerations. Some common types of accidents include:

  1. Slip and Fall Accidents: These accidents may occur due to wet or slippery surfaces, inadequate lighting, or failure to maintain safe walkways on board.
  2. Collisions and Groundings: Vessel collisions can happen between two vessels or with fixed objects like piers or reefs, leading to injuries or even sinking.
  3. Medical Malpractice: Cruise ships and other passenger vessels have onboard medical facilities, and when medical professionals fail to provide appropriate care, passengers can suffer harm.

Assaults and Crimes: Passengers may become victims of assault, sexual harassment, or other crimes while aboard a vessel. Proper security measures should be in place to protect passenger safety, and are often overlooked.

Pursuing Compensation and Justice

When a passenger accident occurs, it is crucial to take swift action to protect your legal rights. Maritime laws are complex and require a thorough understanding of international, federal, and state regulations. Detailed in the fine print of a passenger ticket contract, the location where a lawsuit must be filed against the cruise line where an injury took place is almost always in Miami, FL, where our offices are located. Seeking legal representation from an experienced maritime law firm like Aronfeld Trial Lawyers can significantly increase your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve.

Our skilled and passionate attorneys have investigated the circumstances surrounding cruise ship and passenger accidents for decades. Gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and navigating the intricate legal framework to build a strong case on your behalf is something we have been expertly and successfully practicing for the injured around the world. We will tirelessly advocate for your rights, pursuing compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages you may have incurred.

Contact us today so we can begin the fight for you! We offer a free consultation to assess your case and determine the best course of action. Remember, time is of the essence when it comes to pursuing a claim, so call us today to schedule your appointment.

Aronfeld Trial Lawyers has been successfully representing injured Cruise Ship passengers for over 30 years, and has brought many victims of cruise ship negligence the justice and compensation they deserve. If you or somebody you know has been involved in an accident that took place on a gangway, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact our office today so we can begin the fight for you!


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Miami-based Aronfeld Trial Lawyers was established by Board Certified Trial Lawyer, Spencer Aronfeld in 1991. The firm represents cases resulting in serious injuries in the areas of Defective Product Liability, Maritime Law, Automobile AccidentsPremises LiabilityCycling AccidentsSlip and Fall IncidentsWrongful DeathMedical and Dental Malpractice, Civil Rights Claims, Workplace InjuriesSexual Assault, and others. Every client receives the full benefit of our experience, our resources, and our commitment. The practice of personal injury law is our calling. We are a firm of high-profile, nationally recognized legal advocates who work for you, our client, never big business. All attorneys and staff members at the firm are bilingual speaking Spanish. To learn more, visit or contact Aronfeld Trial Lawyers directly at (305) 441-0440.