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May 16, 2014

Carnival Sunshine Passenger Hires Brais Brais & Rusak for Slip and Fall Accident

Florida Cruise Accident Lawyer.gifWe 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.

April 4, 2014

Clearwater Florida Passenger Injured Aboard the NCL Norwegian Dawn Hires Brais Brais & Rusak

Florida Cruise Accident Lawyer.gifThe 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.

March 26, 2014

Cruise Rape Victim Retains Brais Brais & Rusak

Florida Cruise Injury Lawyer.gifThe 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.

February 24, 2014

Passenger Injured aboard Carnival Inspiration after Falling from Bunk Bed

California Cruise Injury Attorney .gifThe 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.

January 27, 2014

Court Rules Florida Law to Apply in a Sandal's Resort Hot Tub Suction Entrapment Death Case

Suction Entrapment Death Law Firm.jpgThe 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.

January 22, 2014

Injured Pilot Brings Claim against Silversea Cruises

Mexican Cruise Attorney.jpgA 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.

January 2, 2014

Louisiana Woman Injured on the Carnival Elation Hires Brais Brais & Rusak

Louisiana Cruise Injury Lawyer.pngA 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.

December 31, 2013

New Jersey Woman Injured on the Carnival Imagination Hires Brais Brais & Rusak

New Jersey Cruise Injury Lawyers.jpgThe 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.

December 16, 2013

Family of Child Injured on the Carnival Fascination Hire BBR

Florida Cruise Accident Lawyer.gifThe 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.

December 6, 2013

Injured Houston Passenger Carnival Triumph Hires BBR

Texas Cruise Injury Lawyer.jpgThe 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.

October 21, 2013

Louisiana Cruise Trip and Fall Victim Aboard the Carnival Elation Hires BBR Lawyers

Louisiana Cruise Injury Lawyer.pngThe cruise injury attorneys of BBR have been retained by a Louisiana woman who was injured in a trip and fall accident aboard the Carnival cruise ship Elation. The passenger's foot became stuck in a poorly lit and maintained stairwell between the Lido and Serenity Decks causing her to fall while the ship was returning to New Orleans. Unfortunately, the fall resulted in a fracture to the passenger's tailbone (Coccyx). Such injuries are extremely painful. Cruise lines such as Carnival owe their passengers the duty of reasonable care for their safety. The legal duty requires that stair ways be properly maintained and lit so to lessen the likelihood of passengers tripping and sustaining injuries.

September 30, 2013

Sandals Resort Slip and Fall Victim Hires BBR Attorneys

New York Cruise Injury Attorneys.jpgA New York man who slipped and fell at the Sandals Whitehouse Village & Spa has hired the resort injuries attorneys of BBR to represent him. The guest of the Sandals' all inclusive resort suffered several fractured ribs and other personal injuries as a result of a wet and slippery floor on the property. Resorts owe their guests the legal duty of reasonable care which includes preventing floors from becoming unreasonably slippery.

September 17, 2013

South Beach Jet Ski Accident Victim Hires BBR Attorneys

New York Cruise Injury Attorneys.jpgBBR attorneys have been retained to represent a woman who sustained a fractured fibula and fibula when a jet ski rented from a Miami Beach marina T-boned the personal watercraft she was riding aboard. The woman underwent emergency surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital. Marinas renting jet skis are required under Florida law to provide renters comprehensive instruction and possible on water proficiency reviews before allowing the renters to leave the dock. Unfortunately, this does always happen and accidents occur. The woman was visiting South Florida from New York

September 11, 2013

Miami Walgreens Slip and Fall Victim Hires BBR Lawyers

Miami Walgreens Slip and Fall Attorney.gifThe Miami slip and fall lawyers of BBR have been retained by a woman who slipped and fell at a North Miami Beach Walgreens Pharmacy. The accident happened between 9:00 and 9:30 pm when the woman turned a corner and slipped on an unreasonably slippery floor. After the fall, the woman noticed an employee in another aisle polishing the floor. No signs warning the customers of the slippery floor were erected near the accident scene. The woman sustained a knee injury and is seeking further medical care. Walgreens had the legal duty to warn customers of the slippery nature of the floor caused by their cleaning and/or cordon off the area until sufficiently dry.

August 30, 2013

Miami, Florida Woman Retains BBR for Fractured foot Claim against Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Florida Cruise Accident Lawyer.gifA Miami, Florida woman has retained the cruise injury lawyers of BBR to represent her in a claim against Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. The woman slipped and fell on the wooden Lido deck aboard the Majesty of the Seas . This accident resulted in a fracture to at least one bone in her foot. Often times the Lido deck, which receives a extraordinary amount of foot traffic, is not properly maintained causing a greater likelihood of slip and fall accidents to occur. BBR has written extensively on cruise ship slip and fall accidents and has represented numerous clients against cruise lines.