For nearly 25 years, Spencer Aronfeld has successfully represented injured passengers in claims against Carnival Cruise Lines. We believe that the most important legal obstacle that an injured passenger faces in making a claim against Carnival is to preserve their legal rights by filing their claims timely in the United States Federal Court in Miami. Carnival, like most international cruise lines, requires that passenger injury lawsuits be filed within one year of the date of incident. Which makes each passenger injury lawsuit by definition a “federal case.”
Carnival requires that all accident cases be filed and litigated in Miami, Florida. This is often shocking to many people who are injured aboard a Carnival ship-especially when that cruise did not even depart from Miami. We have represented passengers injured on Carnival cruises that have departed from the following ports–all have been required to file their accident claims here in Miami, Florida:
- Baltimore, MD
- Charleston, SC
- Fort Lauderdale, FL
Accordingly, we urge anyone who has been involved in an accident during their cruise to consult with an experienced and aggressive maritime lawyer–quickly. Important evidence such as CCTV footage of the incident, maritime data regarding the wind and wave conditions, and the names of witnesses and crewmembers is often lost or difficult to locate with the passage of time. Sadly, we see that cases handled by other firms are routinely dismissed when they are filed late or in the wrong jurisdiction or venue.
Generally speaking that the sooner a claim can be initiated the better the result for our clients will be. Therefore, we file passenger injury lawsuits against Carnival for various types of accident claims as soon as practicable. Generally speaking, we do not take case that we do not believe should be filed.
Perhaps the most common cases against Carnival involve people who have slipped or tripped on the ship in their cabins, pool deck or at one of the buffets. With injuries ranging from broken arms and legs to more serious head, neck and brain injuries often resulting in lost wages, astronomical medical expenses and pain and suffering.
It is very important, to understand that not every fall or injury is a bona fide claim. Simply because someone gets hurt on a cruise ship does not mean that it is necessarily the cruise line’s fault. Understanding the significance of a simple accident and a meritorious legal claim is crucial- and we pride ourselves in knowing the difference.
Carnival’s corporate headquarters and in house legal department is based in Doral, Florida, a busy suburb of Miami. Their offices are conveniently located just a few miles from the Port of Miami and the United States Federal Courthouse–where any cruise ship passenger accident claim against Carnival is required to be filed.
Carnival Cruise Lines currently has 23 vessels in operating that accounts for nearly 25% of the world’s cruise-ship market. Carnival is credited with creating the low-cost, Las Vegas-style “fun-ship” concept, where shorter cruises can take passengers on 3-4 day jaunts around the Caribbean. Its newest ship, the Carnival Breeze, set sail in 2012 and is home-ported in Miami. Carnival recently announced that it is building the “world’s largest cruise ship,” the Carnival Vista, that will set sail in 2016 with 4000 passengers.
In the last year since the Carnival Triumph disaster, much seems to have changed over at the world’s largest and most profitable cruise line, when a fire onboard the Triumph left it and its passengers and crew stranded in the Gulf of Mexico for days without power and working toilets.
One of the most important changes we have noticed, is that since the Triumph disaster, Carnival for a limited time, offered full refunds to any passengers aboard Carnival ships who may have been dissatisfied with their experience. The Carnival refund was offered only to passengers that registered their complaints within 24-hours of their departure. Carnival not only refunded the cost of the voyage but also threw in an additional 10%. Read more about Carnival’s refund policy here.