If you suffered a personal injury on a cruise ship and are about to file a lawsuit, you may wonder, what is your best course of action? To seek compensation you need, should you settle your case or go to trial? Every personal injury case, including those involving cruise ship claims, is unique. A knowledgeable cruise ship injury attorney has the experience to examine the evidence, build a strong case, and advise you on the best legal course of action.
The Louis A. Vucci P.A. legal team has helped our clients recover millions of dollars in cruise ship injury settlements. But we have also gone to trial when it is in our client’s best interests to help them pursue fair compensation. This is especially true when cruise ship lines are reluctant to settle, as they often are. Contact us online or call (786) 375-0344 for a free evaluation of your case.
The Pros and Cons of Settling a Cruise Ship Injury Claim
Many personal injury victims settle their cases without going to trial. Cruise ship injury cases are unique for several reasons. Many federal laws come into play. Filing requirements are stricter regarding where you file your matter. You also have less time to initiate a claim or lawsuit for injuries suffered aboard a cruise ship. Settling your case may seem like the better course of action in this situation, and often it is. However, other factors may make going to trial your best chance of receiving fair and appropriate compensation for your injuries.
Perhaps the main reason for cruise lines’ reluctance to settle is that they are self-insured. In effect, the cruise ship must pay a specific dollar amount listed in its insurance policy before its insurance company will pay any amount for a claim. If the cruise ship does settle, the amount the cruise line offers may not represent full and fair compensation for your injuries. You may have to go to trial to ensure a just recovery.
One advantage of settling a cruise ship injury case is you avoid higher legal fees and court costs. You also typically save a significant amount of time, which reduces a substantial amount of stress. Settling a case also avoids the problem of having an unpredictable jury decide your matter. Finally, settlements can be less emotionally taxing than trials.
The Pros and Cons of Going to Trial for a Cruise Ship Injury Claim
If you go to trial for your case, there are advantages and disadvantages. You may have to go to trial if the cruise line refuses to settle or offers an unfair amount. Going to court and winning may compel a stubborn defendant to pay the full amount of your claim. You may receive compensation you otherwise would not have received in a settlement.
Unfortunately, trials are often unpredictable, and it may take months, or even years, to resolve your case. An extensive trial can cost you substantial amounts of time and money. Cruise ship lines may be reluctant to settle, and their attorneys will not hesitate to make things difficult by going to trial. An experienced cruise ship injury attorney can help safeguard against these and other stall tactics by defense attorneys.
How to Determine the Best Course of Action for Your Cruise Ship Injury Case
If you are determining the best course of action with your legal rights at stake, it is wise to talk to an attorney experienced in handling similar legal matters. A seasoned and skilled cruise ship attorney can help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries. The legal team at Louis A. Vucci P.A. offers free consultations. We can evaluate your case and advise you as to the best course of action.
The Importance of Understanding the Litigation Process for Cruise Ship Injury Cases
Cruise ship injury cases can be confusing and complicated. They differ significantly from typical personal injury cases. Some of these differences involve the requirements of where you file your case and how long you have to file it. If you fail to meet one of these requirements, a court can dismiss your lawsuit. Once a court dismisses your case, you lose the right to seek compensation.
Contact the Louis A. Vucci P.A. Legal Team Today
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a cruise line accident, contact the law firm of Louis A. Vucci P.A. today to discuss your matter. We have a solid reputation for helping victims recover compensation for their injuries. The case evaluation is free and confidential. Contact us online or call (786) 375-0344 to schedule your free consultation.
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