Brandon Stein Law: Carnival Cruise Passengers Remain Stranded at Sea

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By: Brandon Stein

If you or someone you know was injured, contact our Fort Lauderdale accident lawyers today.

As a Florida personal injury lawyer that helps those injured from slip and falls on cruise ships, the events that have transpired aboard the Carnival Triumph are appalling.  This past Sunday, a fire in the ship’s engine room left the cruise liner stranded in the Gulf of Mexico.  Thankfully, this fire did not gain much momentum, as the ship’s extinguisher systems contained the flames.  No injuries have been reported . . . from the fire.

The fire apparently dismantled and disengaged the ship’s propulsion system, thus leaving the ship to drift aimlessly throughout the gulf.  However, by Tuesday, two tugboats had arrived to tow the vessel toward Alabama — at a whopping 5-8 miles per hour.  This four day cruise has now turned into a week plus escapade, and it has been far from an extended vacation.

Reports have been circulating that sewage has apparently been floating around in the hallways of the ship — leading to flooding of passenger state rooms.  Additionally, the stench of sewage throughout the interior of the vessel is enough to make passengers jump overboard.  No throw-overs have been reported as of yet.  In fact, passengers have gone so far as to drag their mattresses to the outer deck and essentially camp outside under the stars in an effort to escape the suffocating smell of sewage.  But wait . . . there’s more.

Passengers have even been told to defecate in bags and urinate in showers, as the toilets have not been functioning.  There is running water is some cabins, but only cold.  Yet, this cold water may serve to be refreshing for passengers, since the air conditioning is also out.  Aside from the 3000 plus passengers aboard, over 1000 crew members are also dealing with these hardships.

Being a slip and fall lawyer in North Miami Beach that does Carnival cases, I have never come across a situation such as the one that the passengers of the Triumph are dealing with.  Carnival is apparently refunding all passengers’ tickets and giving them a free flight home and credit for another cruise.  I am not sure this is enough, and at this point, it is not clear what if any injuries have arisen from the circumstances aboard the Carnival Triumph.

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Brandon Stein Law: The Power of a Lawyer Negotiating Your Settlement

By: Brandon Stein

If you or someone you know was injured in an accident, contact our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys today.

A non-lawyer should never negotiate settlement of a personal injury claim in Florida.  As a lawyer that helps those injured in car accidents or slip and falls in North Miami Beach, I have come to recognize that the value of a claim increases exponentially when an attorney becomes involved.  In fact, many insurance companies will give insultingly low offers to those unrepresented.  Nevertheless, once a Florida personal injury lawyer sends a letter of representation to the insurance company, we have a completely different ball game.

The mentality of insurance companies is that claims must be resolved in the fastest and cheapest way possible.  These two “musts” are easily accomplished when someone injured in a car accident or slip and fall in Florida decides not to retain an attorney.  While I have never worked for an insurance company, I strongly suspect that the “game plan” for a claim changes drastically when it is known that the person injured is attempting to resolve his or her claim on their own without the assistance of a South Florida personal injury lawyer.

A key asset for Pembroke Pines injury attorneys is the possibility that a lawsuit could be filed — which ultimately could lead to trial.  That is an instance where a simple claim could turn into a nightmare for an insurance company because once a lawsuit is filed, legal counsel must be retained and of course paid.  On top of the attorney’s fees that the insurance company would have to dish out, a pricey settlement or verdict is most likely forthcoming as well.  This is the fear factor of every pre-suit claim.

The power that a lawyer has when dealing with insurance companies is the ever-present fear of what may be coming.  An injured person that is “self represented” does not strike fear in the heart of an insurance company.  In actuality, it triggers the exact opposite response.  In that case, the adjuster turns into the predator and its prey is the innocent unrepresented person.

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