• Cruise Ship Attorney In Los Angeles, Mike Ehline

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  • Los Angeles Cruise Ship Attorney, Michael Ehline

    Los Angeles
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    Legal Support for Cruise Accident Victims Across California

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Most cruise ship passengers never consider cruise ship injuries when boarding their Port of San Francisco, Port of San Diego, or Port of Los Angeles cruise ship. To most cruise ship employees or a passenger seeking help, filing an injury claim is a frightening, confusing process.

Our Los Angeles cruise ship accident lawyers are here to assist you in any way that we can. At Ehline Law Firm, our veteran injury lawyers will work closely with cruise ship passengers who have been injured to help them file a lawsuit per their passenger ticket.

We will work tirelessly and act quickly to assure the accident victims obtain the justice they are owed from insurance companies and others. Cruise ship victims have received millions of dollars from the efforts of our lead personal injury attorney and the injury lawyers on his team. Since 2005, our premier cruise ship accident lawyer has gloriously assisted international cruise victims.

We’ll fight hard to make the cruise ship company pay compensation for your cruise ship accident injury claims. Our law firm has more than 30 years of combined maritime law expertise and are committed to obtaining clients the highest financial recoveries available. Accident victims who call us for their free case review and form an attorney-client relationship will be fully prepared.

Why Choose Los Angeles Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers?

All cruise accidents are handled with urgency by our team. We have recovered more than $150 million for our clients and work on a contingent fee basis. (zero fee guarantee) Michael Ehline can handle cruise injury cases in federal and state court and can be invited in pro hac vice to co-chair cases in places like Miami, Florida, depending on the forum selection clause (Princess cruises is L.A. based.) Find out with a free consultation if your case will be filed in California or Washington state.

Awards, Accolades, Media, Peer Reviews

  1. Martindale Hubbell peer-rated
  2. Superlawyers Rising Star award  2006-2015.
  3. Newsweek Magazine “Premier Personal Injury Attorneys” award 2015.  
  4.  CNN cruise guest.
  5. NBC guest discussing limousine law practice areas.
  6. Nancy Grace guest on CBS.

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We don’t just sue Princes cruises. Among the cruise lines our Port of Los Angeles personal injury law firm can sue include:

  • Azamara Cruises
  • Carnival Cruise Line (Carnival Corporation – owns Princess Cruises)
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Costa Cruises
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Cunard Cruise Line
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Holland America Line
  • Mediterranean Shipping Cruises USA (MSC)
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Oceania Cruises
  • P O Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Seabourn Cruises
  • Steiner Transocean

Although not comprehensive cruise defendant list, you can learn more in your free consultation.

Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer?

Because cruises provide so many legal advantages for businesses in the tourism sector, most legal cases can be tough, often with no insurance company. 

  • Non-disclosure agreements that seek to keep the names of those who are harmed, go missing or die on cruise lines.
  • United States courts lack jurisdiction over cruise ship crew members for incidents outside recognized territory, etc.
  • Cruise lines refuse to accept responsibility for injured crew members and voyagers, as well as their bait-and-switch tactics they use to make cruise  victims think their claim is invalid.

Our maritime lawyers in Los Angeles have a proven track record of overcoming these hurdles in order to ensure that accident victims profit from the legal framework of the domestic or foreign legal jurisdiction a specific claim falls under. Our lead cruise ship accident lawyer understands the numerous, bad faith legal methods cruise lines use. Los Angeles cruise lines hate paying accident cases, but we can help assure cruise ship accident victims receive their entitled to benefits.

We Take Cases to Trial

We handle cruise industry mishaps that result in injuries to you or your family at sea. Our efforts at the Port of Los Angeles are directed at making your conditions better. We will prepare and try your negligence lawsuits and give you the peace of mind that your individual cruise ship accident case is handled in your best interests. Our cruise ship attorneys also take the time to thoroughly and comprehensively examine the specifics of your case. We’ll provide your accident-injury case with the personal attention you deserve as well as an ethical, legal specialist answering your questions and taking swift action on behalf of injured clients. Our California law firm’s champion team works tirelessly to keep you fully informed about the progress of your case and expected dollars in compensation for cruise ship accident victims.

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“Hi. I’m Mike Ehline of Ehline Law Firm. I’m here today to discuss cruise ship accidents. You know, depending upon the cruise line you took and what you signed on the passage contract. Admiralty law, the Jones Act and state laws could all apply.

If you were injured on a cruise ship you need to hire an attorney who actually knows what he or she is doing. We are experienced cruise ship accident lawyers who understand the federal state local laws and treaties. Call now to learn more about your legal rights at 833-LETS-SUE. I am an inactive U.S. Marine and will fight hard to make sure that you don’t leave money damages on the table. At Ehline Law Firm, we make it happen. You’re not just a file with us. You’re also our friend.”

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The Cruise Ship Industry in a Nutshell

The cruise industry generated more than $42 billion for the US economy in 2012 with economic activity supporting many types of jobs (350,000), generating $17 billion annually. The average types of individuals to experience a trip will be 46-year-olds, with an above-average household income of $93,000 per year. Travel aboard cruise ships has improved considerably. Many of the newer major cruise vessels field cutting-edge entertainment, with innovations such as Internet cafés, Wi-Fi zones, bowling alleys, rock-climbing walls, fitness centers, swimming pools, spas, wave machines, water slides, and other dangers placing many people at risk for lifetime injuries or wrongful death.

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Important Things Voyagers Should Know

For the vast majority of cruise ship passengers, things work out. But unforeseen events while aboard do arise at sea.

  • The passenger ticket/boarding pass: You’ll typically receive a ten-page ticket with a very small type. Read it. This ticket will impact several critical rights. What if you have cruise ship injury claims as a result of the ship’s negligence? You must file a timely claim or you will be out of luck. Many people, including many attorneys, assume injured passengers have longer to claim and finally sue. They are wrong!
  • Applicable Maritime Rules? Don’t assume you’re in the United States on a cruise ship. Look at the vessel’s flag. You’re in the Bahamas if it’s Bahamian, and so on for Panama and so forth. There are some exceptions for a cruise ship accident. Our cruise ship accident lawyer can help.
  • What About Medical Care On A Cruise Ship? Don’t count the ship’s doctor in as a good surgeon or physician. If you have a health issue, check with the cruise ship company in advance. Make sure standards are acceptable. Some are better than others. Never sail on a vessel that employs a psychiatrist to treat broken arm or bad head injury.
  • What About Crimes At Sea? On cruise ships, you must understand how cruise ship companies have historically handled accident cases, virus outbreaks (Covid 19, etc.), and criminal incidents. Your children are also at risk on cruise ships. Make sure someone you trust is keeping an eye on your loved one. Young children have been sexual assault victims aboard cruise ships. Never open your cabin door, not even for cruise ship crew members without checking first. Never think cruise line companies will protect your rights after a cruise ship accident. After a cruise ship accident, the cruise line company will protect its financial interest over its passengers. That is how it’s always been with cruise ships. Cruise ship employees will hamper your case compensation.

What To Do After A Cruise Incident?

You can protect yourself by snapping photographs. Get the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all possible witnesses. Call injury lawyers from the high seas if necessary we’ll find you an experienced law firm immediately to get advice about what you should do

Where Do I File My Cruise Ship Injury Lawsuit?

Your cruise ship ticket or boarding pass will specify where your suit must be filed. Many cruise ships contractually require wounded passengers to sue in Miami, Dade County, Florida. If you suffered injuries or emotional trauma on a Princess Cruise ship, you can file your lawsuit in federal court or California Superior court.

Examples of Cruise Accidents?

Over the years, our cruise ship injury attorneys have experienced several catastrophic accidents and felonies on cruise ships.

Some incidents were extremely public; others ignored, sunk to the bottom of the sea include running Aground, Crashing Into Objects, Ships, and Sinkings. The worst conceivable accidents are those that result in bodily harm. A grounding, collision, and even a partial capsize event might result in fatal injuries on cruise ships. Dehydration? Many passengers can be so dehydrated they are carried off the ship after days without food or water. Other Cruise Illnesses? An ocean liner can be a microscopic sample of germs and illness of society at large. Upper deck or lower deck, the most prevalent disease suffered by cruise ship passengers and crew members is Norovirus. Poor Security: From departure to return, no person expected inadequate security.

Michael Ehline, Esq, LA County Cruise Ship Lawyer

Crimes At Sea? The most frequent type of crime reported is sexual assault. Robbery, bodily harm, and murder have all happened both onboard and ashore. In 2005; pirates with machine guns and hand grenades attacked the Seaborne Spirit off Somalia’s coast. Stormy, Inclement weather may be to blame for an accident, or collisions with other cruise ships. A trapped passenger dying during a partial sinking is a legitimate risk. Overserving Alcohol to passengers there to gamble, meet new people and have some fun can cause a passenger to fall overboard into the deadly sea. These are avoidable cruise ship accidents with proper supervision.

Requirements for Ships Registered in Foreign Countries?

Every cruise ship is registered in a different country and flies a foreign flag and regulations in foreign countries are always less favorable than U.S. laws. An incident on a ship that departs from Miami, may fall under the purview of either Florida state law, federal legislation, or the country the ship is registered. International treaties also apply to cruise ship accidents that take place aboard ships. It’s a nightmare to negotiate cruise ship injuries without the right cruise ship injury lawyer.

Common Cruise Ship Accident Claims?

Cruse law is a highly specialized practice area. Common cruise ship injuries, and wrongful death include:

  • Cruise Ship Man Overboard (MOB) Falling Overboard Drownings
  • Gangplank Accident (Slip and Fall Accidents)
  • Cruise Ship Missing At Sea Disappearances
  • Shore Excursion Recreation Accident
  • Cruise Ship Swimming Pool Drowning
  • Cruise Ship Explosions or Fires
  • Assaults and Rape
  • Car Accident
  • Dingy Accident

Common Cruise Ship Injuries?

We will work tirelessly to help you recover monetary compensation for all cruises departing or arriving at LA’s two ports, including:

Spinal cord injuries and head injuries from slipping on wet decks are common.

Cruise Ship Law

Maritime law of the sea governs cruise ship accidents (unique combination of legal and common carrier rules here.) Major cruise companies typically include special provisions in their passenger ticket agreements to limit the period during a customer can file a lawsuit against a cruise line (Typically one year). In comparison, it’s three years to file a lawsuit under admiralty laws. (Cruise ship crew members have other rules.)

Cruise Ship Accident Statute of Limitations?

A cruise ship employee won’t help resolve your severe injury case. The passage contract may restrict your lawsuit rights with rules and a time limit for filing a lawsuit to one year or less, even though statute of limitations in an admiralty case is usually three years.

Receive a Free Consultation With a Cruise Ship Accident Attorney In Los Angeles

The attentive cruise ship accident lawyers at our Long Beach office will handle your injury claims on a contingent fee basis. You won’t pay anything unless we achieve successful compensation. Our leadership and legal advice cost you nothing upfront. Act Quickly and form an attorney-client relationship. Los Angeles cruise ship lawyers will come to you, or you can come to any one of our convenient statewide offices, or other location, whatever your circumstances. Our fully prepared, peer-rated attorneys will work tirelessly to defend your rights. We are available 24 hours a day, so contact us today for a free consultation about your potential accident case with a skilled attorney. Call us at (213) 596-9642 for case validation purposes.

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