Cruise Ship Injury Lawyers

Carter Capner Law handles claims for a wide range of travel injuries, including cruise ship injuries and accidents. Our Cruise ship lawyers Brisbane and QLD conduct cruise ship insurance and compensation claims for accidents anywhere in the world. We act for passengers and family members so you can get the compensation to which you are entitled.

Do you have a claim?

Check to see if you are entitled to an insurance payout or compensation. If you have a question, please get in touch with our team.

Do you have a potential Cruise Ship Accident Claim?

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What to do if you have been injured on a Cruise Ship?

Cruise ships are small cities designed with safety very much in mind. Accidents of all sorts still occur. TPD and income protection applies to injuries sustained by such means. Passengers may also be entitled to significant compensation for the injuries and expenses they incur as a result of an injury on a cruise ship or excursion regardless of where in the world it occurred.

A cruise ship can take a toll on your physical, emotional and financial wellbeing. Carter Capner Law conducts compensation claims for a wide range of cruise ship accidents. Cruise ship claims are conducted for:

  • injured passengers;
  • the surviving family members of deceased cruise ship accident victims;
  • injured or affected bystanders;
  • inadequate security, assault or terrorism;
  • physical injuries and psychological trauma.
1

Schedule your no-obligation initial consultation

At our initial consultation, we can give you more information about the claim process and chat with you about the viability of your insurance or compensation claim. We will also confirm your eligibility for no win no fee terms to pursue your case.

2

Investigation & gathering evidence

We will then gather evidence, obtain reports from medical providers, travel coordinators and police and other authorities where the accident happened. We will also investigate your injuries so we can understand clearly how the injury will/has impacted your home life and at work.

3

Claim settlement or court proceedings

Our services include comprehensive negotiations with the insurers for at-fault parties with a view to ensuring you recover the compensation to which you are entitled.

In many instances, claims can be resolved without the need for court proceedings.

How much compensation will I receive for my cruise ship injury claim?

For insurance claims this depends on the cover provided under the policy. For compensation claims, it depends on the extent of fault on the part of the service provider and a comparison of your income earning capacity and other factors when compared before and after the accident.

If someone whose injury has had a significant effect on their quality of life (work, psychological, physical) is entitled to more substantial compensation than someone whose injury has had a minor impact on their lives.

As is the case in other situations, the right to claim damages for injury depends on the circumstances and the elements proved including fault and causation.

The amount of compensation also is determined by:

  • General damages (loss of enjoyment in life due to suffering);
  • Out of pocket expenses (medical bills, rehabilitation costs);
  • Any loss of income and superannuation contributions;
  • Paid and unpaid recuperative assistance;
  • Ruined holiday loss;
  • Holiday disappointment;
  • Potential medical or personal care costs that is likely to occur due to the injury; and
  • The interest from the loss of earnings.

Can I claim compensation if I was injured while in another country or the cruise ship was in international waters?

Yes.

For shipboard accidents, it does not matter where the ship was positioned at the time of your accident.

Claims arising from port activities or excursions have to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you suffered an injury while onboard a cruise ship or a port activities/excursion, it is important to gather evidence such as:

  • Photo evidence of your injuries and area of where the accident occurred;
  • A detailed event of what happened, where it happened, when it happened, and any plausible reasons to why it happened;
  • Gather any witness statements from the accident scene, injuries, how the accident area was beforehand, and actions of the crew and captain’s advice.

How can I improve my chance of a successful claim?

You must keep as many records before, during and after the accident. Things like receipts, documents, waivers, images, witness statement details, correspondence between you and the facility where the accident occurred. It may be challenging to prove that the operator was incompetent, mainly if there was an apparent inherent risk to the activity.

To assist your lawyer with the investigation, it is important to try to do the following:

  • Make notes of your recollection of all events relevant to the accident
  • Record names and addresses of witnesses
  • Take photos and video of the place where you were injured. “A picture tells a thousand words”. Sketches are also helpful
  • Take photos and video of any product, equipment or object that injured you
  • Take photos of your injuries
  • Keep any defective product which caused an injury
  • Keep details of your absences from work caused by the injury
  • Make a list of visits to doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors etc for treatment and follow-up visits
  • Keep all invoices and receipts for medical, chemist etc expenses
  • Record details of assistance provided by friends and family members
  • Collect contractual records.
  • Collect documents showing your loss of earnings and earning capacity including wage slips, group certificates, income tax returns (for 6 years prior to the accident and each year after), references and resumes

Is my claim worthwhile?

Whether your claim is worthwhile depends on the seriousness of your injury and how that affects your employment and lifestyle.

Some claims are not worthwhile such as those for trivial injuries where there is no insurer or the party at fault does not demonstrate significant assets against which a judgment can be enforced.

If you are not sure if your compensation claim is worthwhile, please contact us, and we will help assess your needs and eligibility for our no-win no-fee service.

Carter Capner Law offers specially tailored services in connection with severe brain injury and spinal injury accidents for children and adults to help formulate comprehensive loss statements that include individualised damages components that make up multi-million dollar claims.

What are the fees for compensation claim for cruise ship accidents?

It is essential to always speak to an expert compensation lawyer about your situation. Your financial position should not prevent you from seeking legal advice in regards to your injury you suffered that you are ‘not-at-fault’ for.

Medical bills and taking time off work or even worse, potentially not being able to return to work can be costly.  Carter Capner Law offers a ‘no win no fee’ service in many cases.

We service all of Australia in relation to travel and holiday injuries including injuries occurring overseas.

How are damages assessed for travel injury compensation claims?

You must keep as many records before, during and after the accident. Things like receipts, documents, waivers, images, witness statement details, correspondence between you and the facility where the accident occurred. It may be challenging to prove that the operator was incompetent, mainly if there was an apparent inherent risk to the activity.

To assist your lawyer with the investigation, it is important to try to do the following:

  • Make notes of your recollection of all events relevant to the accident
  • Record names and addresses of witnesses
  • Take photos and video of the place where you were injured. “A picture tells a thousand words”. Sketches are also helpful
  • Take photos and video of any product, equipment or object that injured you
  • Take photos of your injuries
  • Keep any defective product which caused an injury
  • Keep details of your absences from work caused by the injury
  • Make a list of visits to doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors etc for treatment and follow-up visits
  • Keep all invoices and receipts for medical, chemist etc expenses
  • Record details of assistance provided by friends and family members
  • Collect contractual records
  • Collect documents showing your loss of earnings and earning capacity including wage slips, group certificates, income tax returns (for 6 years prior to the accident and each year after), references and resumes

Types of injuries that can occur during an cruise ship accident?

We can help you pursue damages for various injuries, including:

Head and brain injury.

Spinal and neck injury.

Mental illness.

Ankle, knee and wrist injury.

Upper and lower limb injuries.

Fracture.

Whiplash.

Soft tissue and eye injury.

Shock, anxiety and depression.

The CCL method

Our cruise ship accident lawyers will quickly review the circumstances of your case to determine your prospects of a successful insurance (TPD/income protection) or compensation claim. And once we have approved your case the claim process can be promptly started following the CCL method

Process

Assemble the initial information you are able to provide

Proper case preparation demands meticulous attention to detail. That's why right from the start, we collect all the facts and continuously verify them with you and other sources. Constant updates to your comprehensive statement will ensure everyone - you, us, medical specialists and barristers - stay precisely on the same page.

Process

Prepare initiating Claim Notice.

Once sufficient facts have been collected and the identity of the at-fault party confirmed, and initial Claim Notice can be completed in a way that persuasively asserts the basis and extent of your compensation request.

Process

Keep collecting the facts.

Diligent claim preparation requires a comprehensive understanding of your medical income and employment histories. We will obtain records from accident related treatment provided as well as from health professionals who have treated you for any prior conditions. Employment and income records asked also be collected and diligently examined .

Process

Medical investigation of injury.

The extent of accident related injury must be independently verified by medical experts. Because compensation is paid for the permanent effects from an injury, specialist medical assessment is deferred until 9 – 12 months post injury. We'll arrange examinations with appropriate specialists and the insurer of the at-fault party is entitled also to have you examined by its specialists.

Process

Formulation

Once all information has been collected and medical specialist reports obtained, we will carefully formulate the "damages" components of your claim demand. The CCL Method requires that every component - general damages, lost wages, expenses you have incurred, the value of past and future domestic care and the value of loss of future earning capacity - is based on authoritative evidence.

Process

Negotiation

After the insurer has considered your damages ask, a settlement conference is arranged to attempt to negotiate a resolution. Although informal, the success of the conference depends on the extent of preparation that has gone before it. Offers will be exchanged and if the insurer is being reasonable, the conference offers a good opportunity to finalise the claim.

Process

Settlement not reached: heading to court

If you are unable to reach an agreement within 60 days after the conference, a Claim and Statement of Claim must be filed in court in relation to your accident. The defendant may then file a Defence and the court process then continues until the dispute is listed for a trial where witnesses are called to give oral evidence and a judge makes a final determination.

What are the fees for travel compensation claims?

Carter Capner Law's No-Win No-Fee terms affords fairness to those seeking compensation for personal injury including loss of income and future loss of income earning capacity. No-Win No-Fee - sometimes called "no-win, no-charge" and "no-win no-pay," allows legal representation to a level equivalent to that of the insurance company that will be resisting your payout. Essentially No-Win No-Fee terms provide that fees and case expenses are only payable when the claim is finalised and only if it is successful.

  • Court Filing Fees

  • Medical specialist consultation & report fees

  • Medical records collection fees

  • Expert report fees

  • Claim investigation

  • Barristers

    We will secure the services of a barrister who will also offer No-Win No-Fee terms

  • Document production

  • Police Report Fees

  • Government agency search fees

  • Freight & courier

  • Office charges

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