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Warning from Cruise Ship Injury Lawyers: Swim at Your Own Risk

Written by Spencer Aronfeld on . Posted in Brain Injury, Child Injuries, Cruise Ship Accidents, Personal Injury News and Safety Resources

Our cruise ship injury lawyers want to warn families about to take a cruise with their children to be extra careful to supervise them closely whenever they are using one of the ship’s swimming pools. This is especially important as virtually no cruise lines provide lifeguards. We find this extremely difficult to believe, especially in light of a number of recent tragedies that have killed and severely injured children who have drowned onboard cruise ships.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, death by drowning among children one to four accounts for more deaths than any other cause except birth defects. Yet currently no U.S. laws require cruise lines to provide lifeguards at their pools, and some of those ships carry hundreds or even thousands of children on every voyage.

Boy Drowns on Norwegian Cruise Ship

Our condolences go out to the family of a four-year-old boy who died aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway when he drowned in one of the ship’s swimming pools, off the coast of North Carolina. He and a six-year-old boy were airlifted to Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern with his grandmother and one of the ship’s nurses. He died on the way.

Cruise Passenger Protection Act: Assaulted on a Cruise Ship

Written by Spencer Aronfeld on . Posted in Brain Injury, Cruise Ship Accidents

Last week I found myself sitting in a dank and moldy conference room located in a town in Puebla, Mexico. I was there to take the deposition of a former Royal Caribbean Cruise Line employee who inadvertently caused an accident earlier this year. That incident resulted in a serious brain injury to a nine-year-old passenger aboard the Monarch of the Seas cruise ship docked in Nassau, Bahamas..

Monarch

When the Monarch of the Seas first set sail from France, it was one of the largest cruise ships in the world–able to carry nearly 3,000 passengers. In addition to an outdoor basketball court, where the accident happened, the ship’s facilities include a rock-climbing wall and two full-sized saltwater swimming pools. Just a few months after my client’s accident onboard the ship, it was sold to Pullmantur Cruises, a Spanish cruise line, and a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean. Para leer en español haga clic aquí.

WHO MANDATES CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER SAFETY?

The International Maritime Organization was created by the United Nations in 1948 to regulate safety at sea along with various organizations in each country with a port of call. This summer, the escalating wave of reported crimes aboard cruise ships finally caught the attention of Congress, when West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller introduced the Cruise Passenger Protection Act.

CRIMINALLY ASSAULTED ON A CRUISE?

According to a report released during the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearings, the number of alleged crimes cruise lines reported to the FBI since 2011 is 30 times higher than the number of crimes that the FBI is required to report publicly. Moreover, sex crimes committed against minors on board cruise ships are not publicly reported at all.
Another study prepared by Ross A. Klein, Ph. D., a Professor of Social Work at Memorial University in St. John’s Canada, analyzes the types of crimes, ranging from simple assault to death caused by the Cruise line and ship.
However, for the public trying to select the safest cruise line for this holiday season, that choice can be a daunting if not impossible task, as much of the most important safety information is not publically available That is, there is no way to find out what the real risks are before booking a cruise.

SUPPORT THE CRUISE SHIP PROTECTION ACT

We urge all our readers to support the passage of the proposed bill Cruise Passenger Protection Act (H.R. 2800 and S.1340) introduced by California’s District 6 Representative Doris Matsui by letting your elected representative know that this information is critically important to protect you and your family on your next cruise. You can find and contact your Senator and Representative by clicking here.
Our maritime injury law firm in Miami is devoted to protecting the rights of passengers hurt on cruise ships around the world. Most cases are required to be filed here in the Southern District of Florida–even when the accident happens out at sea or, as in RCCL case, in Nassau.
We proudly provide free initial no-fee/no-cost consultations via SKYPE, email, or Toll-Free at 1-866-597-4529. Call us today.

 

 

MRI in Personal Injury Claims: What Is It and Why Is It Important in Florida?

Written by Spencer Aronfeld on . Posted in Brain Injury, Car Accidents

Dear Miami Personal Injury Lawyer:

I recently had a car wreck after dropping my kids off at school.  It was not so serious, meaning, I was able to drive away from it, go to work and still pick my kids up later that afternoon.  Two or three days later my low back started to ache.

My neighbor, JM Schwartz* is a chiropractor who said he could see me at his office over the weekend. He took some extras and told me that I needed to see him a couple of times a week.  He billed my auto insurance, I think, because he has never sent me a bill or even asked for money.  The pain has gotten a lot better, but I still kind of feel it every few days. He suggested a lawyer he knows Paul Roberts* and I went to see him because I thought maybe I should and maybe I could get some money for the hassle of it all. Para leer en español haga clic aquí.

The first thing the lawyer asked me on the phone when I called to make the appointment was if I had an MRI. Why is that so important and why would that be the first thing he would want to know about my case? BTW (sic) I mentioned this to my neighbor and he said he would be happy to get one for me if that is something my lawyer wanted.  This all sounded kind of fishy, what do you recommend? Thank you,   M.P. Rodriguez.*

Thank you Ms. Rodriguez, 

I appreciate your confidence in seeking our help.  First I do not believe that medical decisions should be made by lawyers or through emails.  The decisions on what kind of diagnostic testing is appropriate for a given patient is one that must come from a trust physician to his or her patient. MRI in Personal Injury claims are complicated and need to be handled appropriately.

Q. What is MRI?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and they have been around for decades, to diagnose orthopedic, neurologic and even cardiac problems. PI lawyers who specialize in car accidents in Florida like to rely on MRI results to prove or defend personal injury claims–because they can show a jury what an X-ray cannot.

Q. How does an MRI work?

Patients are asked to lay down on narrow bed that contains a giant magnet and are pushed into an MRI machine that coordinates the body’s magnetic fields while a low frequency radio wave absorbs the slight variations and spins that occur in the body.

The magnets in MRIs pick up on the tiny magnetic fields spinning around in the proton and hydrogen atoms contained in human body and take pictures of the soft tissues surrounding bones, joints, tendons and nerves.