Over the past 40 years, the attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson have established a reputation for representing injury victims in cases against some of the largest, most powerful cruise lines in the world. We have litigated many cases against companies like Carnival Cruises and Celebrity Cruises as plaintiff’s counsel for both passengers and crewmembers. Our clients include those who sustained injuries in onboard cruise ship accidents as well as victims of shore excursion accidents, falls overboard and capsizing.
In one international case, our attorneys represented a client who worked as a chef aboard a Celebrity Cruises ship. At sea, our client began experiencing facial pain and severe headaches. The cruise line airlifted him to Santo Domingo, where surgeons implanted a pacemaker in an unnecessary surgery. As a result, our client experienced ongoing pain and disability. Our attorneys obtained a jury verdict of $1 million from the cruise line on behalf of our client.
Another case handled by our firm involved a victim of a severe diving injury in an onboard swimming pool. In this case, our client was paralyzed after diving into a shallow pool. Our attorneys argued that the pool lacked depth markers and “no diving” signs. We also demonstrated that the cruise line encouraged alcohol consumption, leading to our client’s intoxication and encouraging risky behavior. We settled this case for an undisclosed sum to the satisfaction of our client. Often, legal action in cases such as this spur change within the cruise ship industry, which routinely fails to enforce practical safety measures.