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Cruise Ship Injuries

Miami Law Firm Dedicated to Protecting Cruise Passengers


Miami is known as cruise ship capital of the world. Thousands of people flock to its ports each day to cast off to sea. However, for some people, their vacation ends up becoming a nightmare. If you or a loved one has been injured on a cruise ship, you need an experienced attorney to successfully handle your claim. Regardless of the location of your cruise, most of the major cruise lines require passengers to bring legal action in Miami federal court based on the language of the passenger ticket contract.

At Meister Law, we represent passengers against cruise ship companies in a wide variety of cases, including:

·         Personal injury

·         Wrongful death

·         Tender boat/jet ski accidents

·         Injuries from unsafe conditions

·         Slip-and-fall accidents

·         Disappearances

·         Improper administration of medical care

·         Sexual harassment

·         Rape/sexual assault

·         Injuries suffered on shore-side excursions

·         Injuries from shipboard activities

·         Cruise ship food poisoning and viruses

Attorney Tonya Meister has extensive experience representing clients in cruise ship litigation. She is a specialist in admiralty and maritime law who is board certified by The Florida Bar. She has helped clients throughout the United States and overseas to obtain successful results in cases against major cruise line companies, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Let her put her knowledge and skill to work for you today.


Complex cases require specialized knowledge

Without a skilled maritime attorney, passengers often face an uphill battle when filing suit against cruise ship companies. When purchasing their tickets, cruise ship passengers enter into a contract with the company. These contracts are written to shield these companies from liability in the event a passenger is injured or dies due to an accident.  These contracts have also allowed cruise lines to limit both the amount of time you have to file a claim, and also where they can be sued. The statute of limitations for the majority of these matters is one year from the date of the accident. In addition, often the only place where a lawsuit can be filed against these cruise companies is Miami. When handling these cases, inexperienced non maritime attorneys often encounter problems in determining whether the laws of Florida, the United States or a foreign country apply in your case.

Maritime law expert Attorney Meister uses her experience and skill to navigate her clients through the maritime law process. She knows the restrictions contained within these tickets and works tirelessly to ensure your rights are protected. You may be entitled to receive money for your injuries, past and future medical expenses, lost wages, diminished earnings, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life and pain and suffering. She has helped many clients get the compensation they deserved for their injuries, and she stands ready to assist you today.

When you purchase a ticket for a cruise, your thoughts are about how you will enjoy yourself — not the legal terms that govern your trip. If you are harmed while on a cruise, the situation is made more complicated by that fact that ships are often registered in far-off countries, so a seasoned maritime lawyer is necessary to give you a fair chance at recovery. Meister Law provides knowledgeable counsel in cases arising from a full range of cruise ship injuries, such as:

  • Falls — Slippery surfaces, trip hazards and poor lighting can create dangerous conditions for unsuspecting passengers.
  • Bad medical care — Some cruise passengers are seriously harmed by negligent medical care on cruise ships.  Medical conditions should be properly diagnosed and treated on the cruise ship.  Passengers with emergency life threatening conditions should be medically evacuated to a proper shore side hospital.  When this does not happen resulting in serious harm to a passenger, Attorney Meister seeks justice to compensate for the losses.
  • Sexual assault and rape — Alcohol and shipboard social life can create an environment conducive to sexual attacks and rapes.  The cruise line should have adequate security and not overserve alcohol to minimize these issues.  The cruise line is responsible for any misconduct of its crewmembers.
  • Shore excursions and ship board activities — Extra activities are a common component of cruise packages. When these excursions or activities go wrong, my firm takes action against all of the responsible parties.
  • Food poisoning and illnesses — News reports frequently describe illnesses that affect ship passengers due to poor hygiene or food preparation practices. If you have become ill on board and suffered serious injuries, then Attorney Meister may be able to seek appropriate compensation.
  • Disappearances — If someone you know or traveled with disappeared while on a cruise, my firm has the resources to press cruise operators for key information and damages.

Starting with a free initial consultation, Attorney Meister will outline the laws and conditions that apply to your claim. Though cruise lines often go to great lengths to avoid liability, Attorney Meister knows how to overcome their defenses to pursue a fair resolution for her clients. Please call 786-623-4162 or contact us online today.

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Attorney Tonya Meister has made many appearances in both national and international media over the course of her career.

She has appeared on television in the United States and in Germany speaking about maritime disasters, and has been featured in multiple law journals and newspaper articles.

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