The Florida Board Certified maritime lawyers of BBR have been retained to represent a crew member who became injured while working aboard a yacht docked in Ft. Lauderdale. In this case, a deck hand suffered serious back injury when ordered to lift a heavy gangway by himself in violation of the yacht's own policy of having two people lift the gangway. Florida is the winter yacht capital of the world. Many crew members from these yachts are unaware that they may be protected by the very liberal maritime law which requires their employers to pay for medical bills, living expenses while they are recuperating from their injuries and provide damages in the form of pain and suffering as well as lost wages.
Maritime & Boating Accident
An Arkansas passenger who took a cruise aboard the Carnival Sunshine retained our lawyers after slipping on the Lido Deck. This particular cruise ship is known to our lawyers as having issues with its exterior decks. In this case, the passenger was walking across the Lido Deck on when she slipped and fell. The accident resulted in a fractured ankle. Cruise lines such a Carnival are obligated under maritime law to provide passengers with a ship that is reasonably safe. It is BBR's position that a ship known to have many slip and fall incidents cannot be found reasonably safe. This case is currently pending before a Florida federal court.
Our law firm has been retained by a deckhand who was injured while working aboard a recreational boat on Biscayne Bay. Court papers allege our client was cleaning up after a party when the owner of the boat collided with a piling located near the mouth of the Miami River. The collision caused our client to be thrown into the closed salon door resulting in a permanent and debilitating knee injury. Under maritime law, an employer is required to provide workers a reasonable safe and seaworthy boat to work upon. The complaint alleges the legal duty was breached by the actions of the boat owner. This lawsuit is currently pending before the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.
The cruise attorneys of Brais Brais & Rusak have brought suit against Celebrity Cruises for their negligence in causing a significant back injury to an Indian crew member who worked as a pastry chef aboard the Celebrity Solstice. The Complaint filed in Miami alleges Celebrity routinely would keep work areas within the pastry shop cluttered with garbage. When our client was carrying heavy metal baking trays through the wash area to the food preparation area, he slipped on the garbage. The weight of the trays combined with the manner by which he slipped caused multiple lumbar disk herniations requiring surgery. It should be noted that as a condition of working aboard the Celebrity Solstice, our client was examined and given a physical by a doctor selected by Celebrity. The Celebrity doctor issued a report finding no back or spinal problems.
The cruise attorneys of Brais Brais & Rusak have been retained by a Texas woman who was sexually assaulted in a ladies restroom aboard the Carnival Magic. At approximately 1:30 am on May 3rd, 2014, the victim was sexually assaulted by an unknown female in the ladies room near the ship's piano lounge. If you witnessed the attack or have information about this incident, please contact our law firm so we could better assist the victim.
We have previously reported that Carnival Cruise's "new" ship the Sunshine has a big problem with unreasonably slippery exterior decks. Our law firm has recently been hired to represent passenger who slipped and fallen on this Port Canaveral based cruise ship. In this case, the passenger fell on the Lido or pool deck. Despite the cruise line's marketing, the Sunshine is not a new ship. In fact, it was originally launched in 1995 as the Density. The ship was re-launched in May 2013 and renamed the Sunshine. It is noteworthy that it is not often a ship that was just dry-docked to have so many slip and falls. This makes one wonder if the decking surface was improperly installed.
The Miami, Florida law office of Brais Brais & Rusak has been retained by a passenger who sustained significant fractures to his wrist and knee during a cruise aboard the NCL Norwegian Dawn. Our client was enjoying his cruise up to the point where he tripped and fell over a vacuum cord which was negligently slung across the hallway by a cabin steward. Because the color of the cord matched the color scheme of the cruise ship's carpeting, our client was unable to see the hazard. Cabin stewards slinging cords across the corridors of cruise ships, though improper, is quite common. One reason why this occurs is because cabin stewards are responsible for cleaning several cabins and must perform their job in a very short time frame. This leads to shortcuts such as plugging the cord in one cabin and walking the machine across the hall to the other cabins without stopping to unplug the cord. Cruise lines, just as hotels, are responsible for their employees' negligence conducted in the course and scope of their employment. If you have witnessed the practice of slinging extension cords across the hallways or corridors of the NCL Norwegian Dawn, please contact us so we may better assist our clients.
The Miami cruise lawyers of Brais Brais & Rusak have been retained by a victim who was raped by a crew member aboard the Bahamas Celebration cruise ship. Maritime law is clear that a cruise lines are strictly liable for the criminal actions of their crew members against passengers. Our Florida Board Certified maritime lawyers are well versed in representing victims of crime perpetrated on cruise ships. If you know of an incident of sexual assault or rape occurring on the Bahamas Celebration, we like to hear from you. Information you have may be very helpful in our investigation.
The cruise injury lawyers of Brais Brais & Rusak have been retained by a California man who sustained a significant spinal cord injury and lacerations above his left eye after falling from his stateroom's bunk bed aboard the Carnival Inspiration. Cruise lines such as Carnival have the duty to reasonably protect their passengers from danger. In this case, it is alleged that Carnival failed to satisfy its duty as the bunk bed rails were too short for the average adult. Our firm's investigation has led us to learn there were other similar accidents aboard the Inspiration in the months before our client's injury. If you, or someone you know, fell while sleeping on a Carnival cruise ship bunk bed, we would like to learn more about your experience. Any information you have, will assist in our representation of our client.
The resort injury lawyers of Brais Brais & Rusak were successful in convincing a Federal court to apply Florida law to a death that occurred in the Bahamas. The case of John Van Hoy, Jr. is heartbreaking. John was on vacation with his fiancée Nicole at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort located Nassau. During his stay, he decided to refresh himself in one of the resort's hot tubs. As he went under to wet his hair, he became entrapped on the bottom suction drain. Despite the efforts of many people, including other guests at the Sandals' resort, John remained stuck on the bottom of the hot tub until he drowned. John died that night leaving behind two sons, his mother, father, siblings and Nicole. His death occurred because the hot tub was outfitted by a 12" x 12" flat drain cover, the motor / pump assembly were not equipped with a vacuum release system, there were no emergency shut off switches located around the hot tub and it is believed the pump room was locked delaying the shut off of the motor.
Brais Brais & Rusak were hired to represent John's estate and family. The law firm filed a wrongful death action in Miami, Florida against multiple defendants including: (1) Sandals; (2) the drain cover and pump manufacturer Hayward; (3) the motor manufacturer A.O. Smith as well as the component part distributors Hospitality Purveyors and SCP Distributors. In an effort to significantly reduce the amount of any awardable damages to the Van Hoys, Sandals sought application of Bahamian law to the lawsuit. Under Bahamian law, saviors cannot seek damages for emotion pain and suffer for the death of their loved one and the estate cannot claim damages for any pre-death pain and suffering. As a result, the application of Bahamian law would reduce the Van Hoy's claim to the amount of the wages John would likely earn in his lifetime and burial expenses. The issue was taken up by the Court in a pretrial motion. Brais Brais & Rusak argued the United States, particularly Missouri and Florida, has a more significant relation to the case than the Bahamas and United States law should apply. The Court agreed with our legal analysis and issued an order finding both Florida law will apply to this case.
This was Brais Brais & Rusak's second major victory in this case. Last year Sandals and other defendants attempted to dismiss the case in its entirety requesting the case to be tried in the Bahamas. This motion was denied and the case was allowed to proceed in Florida.
A Mexican pilot has retained the injury lawyers of Brais Brais & Rusak to represent him in a lawsuit against luxury cruise company Silversea. While attempting to gain access to the Silver Spirit, the Jacob's Ladder lowered by the cruise ship collapsed causing the pilot to fall off the ship. The incident resulted in multiple fractures and a punctured lung. Cruise lines owe pilots the legal duty to provide a reasonably safe means to enter the ship and to properly secure ladders. In a lawsuit filed in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the pilot alleges Silversea breached its legal duty to him and that negligence caused his injuries.
A Louisiana woman has hired the cruise accident attorneys of Brais Brais & Rusak to represent her in a personal injury claim against Carnival. While walking on the Lido deck aboard the Elation cruise ship our client was struck by malfunctioning automatic doors. The force of the closing doors caused the passenger to be thrown to the ground. The accident resulted significant personal injuries. Carnival owes its guests the duty to provide reasonable care which includes properly maintaining all doors aboard its ships. There seems to be a problem with doors malfunctioning aboard Carnival cruise ships. This law firm alone is representing multiple passengers who suffered personal injuries (including severed fingers) from malfunctioning doors. If you, or know of someone who, was injured aboard the Elation by a malfunctioning automatic door, our lawyers would like to speak with you. Your experience can help us better serve our clients. Brais Brais & Rusak offer many different ways to contact our law firm which could be learned by clicking this link.
The Brais Brais & Rusak cruise injury attorneys have been retained by a New Jersey woman who slipped and fell aboard the Carnival cruise ship Imagination. The passenger was on the last leg of a Caribbean voyage when she slipped and fell on an unreasonably hazardous deck causing her to fracture a bone in her foot. Carnival has the legal duty to provide reasonably safe cruise for its passengers. Often times cruise lines breach this duty when they fail to maintain the non-slip coating on the decks or dry the decks when they become wet. The Immigration is currently making weekly voyages to the Caribbean from Miami but will be soon repositioned to Los Angeles. If you have fallen or seen a person fall on the Imagination, our cruise accident lawyers would like to speak with you to better sever our clients.
The BBR Cruise Injury Attorneys have been retained by the family of a Jacksonville, Florida child who was injured aboard the Carnival Fascination cruise ship. While exiting a public restroom, the boy's finger was severally lacerated when the bathroom's door malfunctioned.
Our firm has represented multiple cruise passengers who were injured due to negligently maintained doors. If you have been injured or witnessed a restroom door malfunction aboard the Fascination, we like to speak to you. Please call us at our toll free number 1-800-499-0551.
The cruise injury lawyers of BBR have been retained by Houston woman who slipped and fell aboard the Carnival Triumph. While on a vacation with her family, the passenger was enjoying the ship's Lido deck which offers pools, music and food. She encountered an unreasonably slippery section while walking across the deck which caused her to fall. The accident most unfortunately resulted in vertebral fractures.
This law firm represents several passengers who slip and fall on Carnival cruise ships' Lido decks. The reason why there are so many accidents on Lido decks is because it is one of the heaviest foot traffic areas aboard ships. Thousands of passengers and crew walk across the Lido deck on any given cruise liner daily which erodes the deck's anti-slip properties. Cruise lines often times decide to keep their ships in operation to generate money as opposed to canceling a cruise or two to properly maintain these decks. This causes slipping hazards. The Triumph sails from Galveston, Texas to Western Caribbean and Mexican ports. If you slipped on the Triumph's Lido deck, we would like to speak with you.