The Port of Los Angeles also known as the “World Cruise Center” is the largest cruise ship terminal on the West Coast of the United States.
It is an 18-acre facility that is not located in Los Angeles but in San Pedro, near the Vincent Thomas bridge. Currently, it has three passenger cruise ship births and is responsible for transporting over 1 million passengers a year. The terminal is operated by Port America which is the largest US terminal operator and has operations in every major cruise ship port in the nation. Port America currently processes over 4 million crew ship passengers a year along with their baggage and equipment. In addition to the port of Los Angeles, Port America has long-term concession agreements with the Port of Seattle, the Manhattan cruise terminal on the Hudson River in New York City, and many others.
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Princess Cruise Lines, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carnival Cruise Lines has many ships that call the World Cruise Center its home port. These include the Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess. Royal Caribbean has the Navigator of the Seas homeported at the World Cruise Center.
However, these are not the only cruise lines sailing out of the World Cruise Center. Almost all of the major cruise lines have ships sailing out of this terminal such as Carnival, Celebrity, Coastal, Crystal, Cunard, Disney Cruise Lines, and Norwegian Cruise Line.
If you are involved in an accident on board a cruise that left from the Port of Los Angeles, your claim will likely have to be filed in Miami, Florida at the United States Federal District Courthouse. That’s because the majority of major cruise lines such as Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Virgin all maintain their corporate headquarters in South Florida.
This is often a surprise for most passengers who get hurt on cruises leaving from the Port of Los Angeles because these accidents often happen in places far from Miami, Florida.
Princess Cruise Lines which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carnival does maintain offices in Southern California. Therefore, cases against Princess have to be filed in the Los Angeles Federal Courthouse. Holland America which is also a wholly-owned subsidiary area of Carnival Cruise Line maintains its corporate offices in Washington state therefore cases against it have to be filed in Washington state.
Due to the complexity and differences regarding how cruise ship cases must be filed after an accident on board a ship that may have left from the port of Los Angeles, it’s important that you consult with a premier maritime personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
For example, if the case is filed in the wrong jurisdiction, it could end up having the entire case dismissed. If this happens you could forfeit all of your legal rights to obtain money from the cruise line for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, and loss of cruise and transportation expenses.
Aronfeld Trial Lawyers has provided free initial legal consultations that are confidential to people who have been injured on a cruise leaving from Los Angeles. The typical type of injuries that we see are broken legs, fractured arms, ankle injuries, need injuries, hip injuries, spinal injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
These types of injuries can occur when people slip and fall on wet and slippery decks, or down a dark steep staircase, or while participating in one of the onboard activities such as water sliding, zip lining, riding on artificial surf machines, ice-skating, or other types of dangerous activities.
Our Port of Los Angeles cruise attorneys have also successfully investigated and represented cases on behalf of children who have been injured on cruises while in the care and custody of the kids club or daycare.
In addition, we have helped people who are victims of medical malpractice that occurs on a cruise line when their ship’s physicians and nurses fail to provide reasonable medical care under the circumstances. This often happens when they fail to diagnose a particular injury such as a fracture, or when somebody is in the midst of a medical emergency like a stroke or a heart attack.
Not all personal injury claims against cruise lines are viable legal cases. That’s because there are enormous legal hurdles that have to be crossed to successfully get a case settled.
Assuming, for example, that the case is filed on time and in the correct location, the cruise line will still want to investigate and defend the case and force the injured passenger to prove every element of their claim. That is why our law firm strongly recommends that if you’re involved in an accident on board a cruise ship, you contact us as soon as possible so that we can begin our investigation while it is still clear in the minds and the memory of witnesses, crew members, and before the cruise line destroys or deletes the CCTV footage that could help us prove your case.
CCTV footage is crucial because not only will it show where the incident happened but it will often provide invaluable insight as to why the accident occurred and what the cruise line could’ve or should’ve known to have prevented it. For this reason, cruise lines will typically delete the surveillance video if it’s not requested as there’s not a particular order for them to preserve it.
If you have any questions or concerns following an incident that occurred on a cruise ship that has left from the Port of Los Angeles, we welcome you to contact us for free initial consultation even if you’re still onboard the ship. You can reach us by Skype, FaceTime, or zoom. Our lawyers are ready to help you and hold the cruise line accountable if it has put its profits ahead of your safety.
We represent injured passengers and their families from around the world who have been injured on cruises around the world and we were available to speak with you today.
We offer anyone who may have been injured while on a cruise an initial legal consultation free of charge by SKYPE, email, or telephone, toll-free at 1-866-597-4529. Our lawyers have a combined legal experience of nearly 50 years, holding cruise lines accountable for putting their profits ahead of your safety. Let our lawyers help you obtain the compensation you may be entitled to for lost wages, medical expenses, travel reimbursement, loss of the enjoyment of the cruise, and pain and suffering. Call us today. We are ready to help.
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 Accidents, Premises Liability, Cycling Accidents, Slip and Fall Incidents, Wrongful Death, Medical and Dental Malpractice, Civil Rights Claims, Workplace Injuries, Sexual 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 https://www.aronfeld.com/ or contact Aronfeld Trial Lawyers directly at (305) 441-0440.