I felt at the cruise and I was in the wheelchair 5 days during the cruise, i didn't enjoy the time. The doctor on board didn't know how to operate the X-ray machine, my knee was swallowing and my ankle. They didn't care. Now I have to charge my credit for MRI and the doctor visit . I send to the cruise company a letter but didn't respond.
The question you asked is really too vague to know if an attorney can help you. You should contact one immediately for a deeper dive into the facts. Bear in mind that injury claims on cruises are governed by different rules than if you fell on land in Florida. The travel documents set forth very specific guidelines and there are usually reporting obligations and shortened time frames so do not delay. You may have also purchased travel insurance and if so, you should check so that you report the claim timely as well.
You should retain personal injury counsel here in Florida for contingency fee representation which means you don’t pay anything unless you win. Avvo rules preclude us from soliciting your case but you can reach out to one of us by using the find a lawyer tab. All medical bills would be paid either through the med pay portion of the ship’s insurance policy or as part of any settlement for your pain and suffering and past and future medical bills. Liability is also an issue that would need to be explored in a phone consultation.
I am not your attorney and don't know anything about your problem. Do not rely on my response other than as information used to hire an actual attorney.
Both of my colleagues provided you with a very good answer. You need local and experienced legal representation.
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I suggest you seek a personal injury attorney near you who has a history of litigating against cruise companies, and obtain a free consultation as to your options. Remember, don't just go to any personal injury attorney, one that already knows how to deal with these types of companies is best for you. Also, once you retain an attorney, if after the consultation he/she feels you have a claim, your attorney will help to ensure you receive necessary ongoing medical treatment. Definitely hire an attorney before it is too late and the statute of limitations runs out from the time you have to file a lawsuit from the date of your injury.
I'm assuming it must be one the big 3? Carnival, Royal Caribbean or Norwegian? There is a 1 year statute of limitation on these cases. They will delay and delay in hopes you blow the statute of limitations. When I get these cases, I just sue them right away. In my experience, the only way to get them to even budge on a claim is to sue them. As my colleagues have suggested you need to hire a lawyer with experience in cruise ship accident cases. Some of us offer Free Consultations!. This is a case that needs to be jumped on right away!
Speak with a Personal Injury atorney.
Do not delay-specific notice requirement and venue may apply, as well as very short Statute of Limitation.
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You should turn your medical bills over to whatever medical insurance company you have coverage with. Hopefully you have private insurance, Obamacare or Medicaid or Medicare.
Placing such bills on your credit card may be a bad idea. Interest on a judgment against you will be less than the gouging interest rates of your credit card Company.
I take it you meant to say that you fell while on your cruise. If the cruise line was somehow negligent and caused or significantly contributed to your fall, you may have a claim against the cruise line. If so, you should speak with a personal injury attorney immediately, preferably someone familiar with maritime law. Do not delay in seeking counsel.
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