Port of Mobile – Cruise Accident Attorney
The Port of Mobile is a cruise ship port located in Mobile, Alabama in the United States, and is operated by the Alabama Port Authority. The Port is located near the Mobile River, where it empties into Mobile Bay.
Carnival Cruise Lines has been operating cruises out of Mobile, Alabama since 2001 with the Holiday Class cruise ship. Since then, the city of Mobile has been unable to attract any cruise line aside from Carnival to the Port of Mobile.
The Carnival Fantasy had been docked in Mobile for many years and was replaced by the Carnival Spirit. The Spirit will be joined in Mobile by the Carnival Ecstacy in 2023.
Carnival Cruise line has a very interesting history with the Mobile port, has actually left the port, and returned after years of political issues. The Carnival Fascination has some exciting new features which include a greater number of balcony accommodations, a sushi venue, and a special cocktail bar called the “Alchemy Bar“.
The typical cruise from Mobile is a Western Caribbean itinerary that includes Costa Maya, Cozumel, Mahogany Bay, Barbados, Nassau, and Belize.
If you are cruising from Mobile, Alabama it’s important to visit Bienville Square which is a stunning park near the cruise ship terminal. Another thing you do not want to miss is the USS Alabama which is dubbed the “Mighty A” which served for 37 months of duty and World War II.
Mobile’s famous cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is the perfect place to visit along with the Mobile Carnival Museum which celebrates Mardi Gras which has occurred for over 300 years.
Injuries on cruises from Mobile Alabama
If you’re injured on a cruise that left from Mobile, Alabama you may be surprised to learn that any claim filed against a cruise line such as Carnival Cruise Lines is not filed in Alabama; but in the Federal District Courthouse in Miami, Florida. This is true even if the cruise never visited Miami.
The reason that cruise lines require this is they often try to make bringing claims against them as difficult and as expensive as possible. This makes it easy for Carnival to defend the claims because they maintain their corporate offices in Miami, close to the port of Miami and near the Federal Courthouse. As a result, they have an army of lawyers, experts, engineers, and doctors who are all based close to the Federal Courthouse, to assist in defending the cruise line.
The most common type of accident that we see from passengers on a Mobile, Alabama cruise ship are slips and falls. However, accidents can also occur while passengers are on shore excursions or in port terminals. Either way, whether the incident happens on or off the ship but during the cruise itself, the lawsuit must be filed within one year of the date of the incident in Miami’s Federal Courthouse.
This is why our experienced maritime personal injury lawyers recommend that you consult with us as soon as possible even if you’re still on the cruise. Evidence such as witnesses, CCTV film, and the ability to test the surfaces of wet and dark slippery decks, staircases, elevators, and other scenes of incidents can change quickly. The sooner our lawyers can begin our investigation the more likely it will be successful in protecting your legal rights.
The typical type of injuries that we see in cases involving people who get hurt on cruise ships leaving from Mobile, Alabama are broken arms and legs, neck and spine injuries, broken wrists and ankles, traumatic brain injuries, and occasional deaths.
But not all accidents that occur on cruise ships are automatically winnable personal injury cases. In other words, simply because it happened on a ship does it mean that the cruise line is responsible to pay you anything. That’s why experience and an understanding of Federal Maritime Law are crucial in evaluating your potential case and protecting your legal rights.
Our personal injury law firm in Miami proudly offers free initial consultations to anyone who’s been injured on a cruise, in a port, in a terminal, or on an excursion by telephone, Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, or Google Meet.
In addition, to the common slip and fall on a wet slippery pool deck, we have experience in representing people who are victims of sexual assault. Sexual assault on cruises can occur between passengers, passengers and crew, and between third parties in ports of call.
Cruise lines have an obligation under federal maritime law to warn passengers of dangers that the cruise line knows of and that are not open and obvious to a passenger. This is especially important in cases where there are high crime rates in foreign ports or other dangers that may occur while the passenger is on and off the ship.
Alcohol Related Accidents on Cruise Ships
Alcohol is frequently a cause or contributing cause for injuries on or off cruise ships. One of the primary problems is that these cruise lines’ like Carnival, sell “all you can drink “alcohol packages. Our maritime lawyers believe that these types of all-inclusive drink packages simply encourage people to drink more alcohol than they otherwise would. Combined with the “vacation mentality“ people tend to overindulge and this can be exceptionally dangerous when you are trying to navigate around a moving cruise ship in the middle of the sea.
Cruises have unique features that are often not encountered on land such as raised thresholds, outdoor steers, and synthetic teak wood surfaces that can become extraordinarily slippery when wet. Couple this with alcohol consumption and people can become seriously injured.
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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.
One of the saddest types of cases that our law firm investigates are cases where children have been hurt on cruises. These can occur for a variety of reasons and in different places around a cruise ship.
Our office has investigated cases of children who have been injured in the childcare programs that cruise ships typically offer. That’s because they can be improperly staffed with too few crewmembers per child to adequately supervise them during activities.
Additionally, children can be injured in and around the swimming pools, waterslides, or at the water parks that are now on most major cruise ships. Most cruise lines do not have professional lifeguards monitoring the pools. Rather it becomes the parent’s job to serve as a lifeguard to make sure that their children are supervised while participating in aquatic activities on board ships. This can be extraordinarily dangerous as parents are often distracted by enjoying the incredible panoramic views on the outside decks of ships, they are relaxing, and drinking, and can momentarily be distracted which can lead to a disastrous incident for their child.
If you or your child has been injured during a cruise, the first thing that cruise is going to do is analyze your “sail & sign” to see how much alcohol you have purchased, or consumed while on the ship. Even the slightest drink will be enough for them to raise the defense that you were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.
It would not be uncommon for our cruise ship lawyers to represent a passenger who’s been injured after having consumed over a dozen alcoholic drinks within a few hours. This is especially true for passengers who spend time in the onboard casino, where alcohol is frequently provided to them at no charge.
If you have been injured anywhere in the world our cruise ship passenger injury attorneys are ready to hold the cruise line accountable if they put their profits ahead of your safety. We are pleased to offer you a free initial, confidential consultation to help you understand and protect your legal rights.
You may be entitled to money for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, transportation expenses, lost wages, and loss of the enjoyment of your cruise. Aronfeld Trial Lawyers has over 50 years of combined legal experience holding the major cruise lines accountable and we’re ready to help you today.
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.