The first step in suing cruise ship cruise companies, which often don’t have lawyers on staff, is to get a copy of their contracts.
To do that, cruise lines typically offer to sign a contract and pay a $25 fee, which typically covers the costs of an attorney.
Then, if you want to sue them for negligence, you’ll have to prove that the company failed to perform its duty.
“You’re basically suing someone for negligence,” said Roberta Lefkowitz, a Florida attorney who specializes in cruise lines.
“The idea that you can have a cruise line make a contract to have an attorney is laughable.”
So what happens if a cruise lines contract is not good enough?
“There’s a lot of potential litigation,” said Lefke.
“But for now, I’m not convinced it’s worth the effort.”
The cruises lawyers at law can’t predict when lawsuits will start.
But Lefkowski said the company has a lot more to worry about than the legal fees.
“They’ve got a lot going for them.
They’ve got people working at the company, and they’re going to get very good attorneys,” she said.
“If a cruise ship attorney is not able to work for them in the future, I wouldn’t want to be the one to hire them.
But I think it’s going to be a problem.”
A few cruise lines have gone to great lengths to ensure that their contracts are fair.
“We always try to make sure the terms are reasonable, that the ship is fit for its purpose and not something that is not fit for purpose,” said Chris Anderson, a spokesman for Carnival Cruise Lines.
Carnival Cruise Line is one of the few cruise companies that has a human resources department.
That means they can hire people from outside of the company.
“It’s our goal to make things as fair as possible for our guests,” said Anderson.
“As we’re going through a time when our guests are feeling a lot less secure, it’s important to have someone to go to when things are getting difficult.
If we can get someone in, they can help us find out what’s going on.”
Carnival Cruise is one company that doesn’t have a human resource department, and Anderson said that was a decision made by the cruise line.
“I don’t think it was a conscious decision,” he said.
Lefko says that while some cruise lines do have human resources departments, they’re few and far between.
“In the U.S., the cruise industry has been doing this for decades,” she explained.
“And now, with technology and globalization, it seems like they’re not doing that as well.”
The cruise industry is increasingly focused on mobile technology, and the travel industry is shifting toward mobile devices, too.
“When people are traveling, they want to stay connected,” said Richard Henn, executive director of the Cruise Industry Association, a trade group for cruise lines that represents cruise lines around the world.
“Mobile phones are becoming more and more common, and people want to make it as easy as possible to stay in touch with their family and friends.”
“And if the technology isn’t up to par, you might have to hire someone to take care of it.”
In addition to hiring attorneys, cruise line lawyers also have to make the case to courts that their cruise ships are safe.
“This is a matter of life and death,” said John Eberhard, the executive director for the Cruise Line Association.
“How safe are these ships?
Are they equipped with proper safeguards?”
For example, he said, if a ship is not properly equipped for its intended purpose, then the passengers are at risk.
“Even if you are not going to sue the cruise ship for negligence — you might be suing them for gross negligence,” he explained.
And even if a person is not injured, “it’s still negligent to let them get into that ship, especially if it’s not equipped with security systems,” Eberhart said.
The most expensive aspect of cruise ship litigation is the cost.
“A cruise line could be sued for tens of thousands of dollars in damages, and then the cruise liner could be fined and forced to make a bond and pay some of that money back,” Lefka said.
That can be expensive.
“People often forget that you have to pay your attorneys fees and have the risk of losing everything on the other side,” Leshner said.
A cruise line will often pay its lawyers $20,000 or more per case.
“That’s money that can’t be used to pay the people who are going to defend you,” Lebasco said.
Cruise lines are also in a tough position when they try to sue people who’ve been harmed by cruise ship accidents.
“Carnival Cruise Lines is not a cruise operator,” said Mark Ebeling, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“There are a lot fewer cruise lines, and there are a few more that