Until this year, cruise lines were not responsible if a doctor or nurse on board a ship negligently treated a passenger. The passenger could sue the doctor or nurse, who were usually residents of a foreign country. This would make it very difficult to pursue a case.
Recently, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta recognized the right a cruise ship passenger to sue the cruise line directly for the negligence of doctors and nurses on board the ship.
This case involved an elderly passenger who had taken a Royal Caribbean cruise ship to Bermuda.
Each auto insurance policy issued in Florida offers several different types of coverage. Some pay to repair the damage to your car. Some pay to fix the damage that you cause to another person's car. Some pays your medical bills or lost wages.
What is the only coverage that protects you and your family if another driver injures you? It is called uninsured motorist coverage (abbreviated UM). If another driver is negligent, he may have coverage for something called "bodily injury.
Our office regularly handles lawsuits and claims on behalf of cruise ship passengers who were injured on a ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL).
Many people suffer injuries on cruise ships. Some are caused by the negligence of the crew or the design of the ship. Many people fall when getting on or off cruise ships, or going up or down stairs. Others are injured in their stateroom, on the deck of the ship or in the pool on board the ship. Some people become ill on board a cruise, either from the food or an outbreak of a preventable illness.
An Orlando newspaper's review of nearly 500 lawsuits that injured guests filed against Disney, Universal and Busch Entertainment, led to these conclusions:
- Few of those who sue a theme park rush into it. Three quarters of those injured waited at least a year before filing a lawsuit. Nearly 20% waited almost four years before filing the case in court.
- Once sued, a theme park rarely backs down quickly.
More than two-thirds of the cases filed against a theme park remained active in court for at least a year.
Our Florida lawyers who handle car accident and drunk driver
cases are deeply saddened to learn of the the
needless death of Tiffany Ann Woodham and her unborn baby girl.
Tragedy struck Ms. Woodham when she was on her way to the hospital to deliver her baby. A drunk
driver struck the rear of her car. Doctors tried to save her unborn baby
girl by attempting to perform an emergency C-Section, but both the mother and
the baby died. Our prayers go out to Ms.
An article on the Harvard Law School blog points out that outbreaks of measles have returned to the United Sates. A mini-epidemic
is raging in Brooklyn. The reason for the reappearance of the disease is that parents are no vaccinating their children. The author suggests, "maybe it is time to get tough on those whose choices put
others at risk."
For decades, there has been a safe,
effective vaccine that works exceedingly well against the measles–95%
full protection for a kid who has been vaccinated– and nearly equally
well at preventing transmission to others.
Visitors continue to suffer serious injuries at Disney hotels, resorts and theme parks in Florida.
A 12-year-old boy recently lacerated four
fingers on Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride three months before a
British tourist had the tops of two fingers severed on the same
boy was among 12 people who suffered 'significant' injuries at the Walt
Disney World resort in the second quarter of 2014, according to a
report made by the company to the State of Florida.
The Lipitor lawyers
at Steven H. Meyer, P.A. are reviewing potential product liability
lawsuits for users of the popular cholesterol drug who have been
diagnosed with diabetes.
Studies have found that Lipitor has side effects that
may increase the risk of diabetes and other serious health
complications associated with the disease, especially among otherwise
healthy women prescribed the cholesterol drug.
Although it appears that the manufacturer knew or should have known
about the risk of health problems from Lipitor, inadequate warnings were
provided for users and the medical community.
Florida relies on tourism to support the state's economy. Many hotels permit their guest to bring their dogs along, but typically the dogs must be restrained or leashed when in the hotel's public spaces.
Recently, in Connecticut, a woman was seriously injured when attacked in a hotel hallway by another guest's dog. The victim was visiting a friend who was staying in the hotel. The friend was taking care of a relative's pit bull.
The victim suffered serious
injuries, and the other woman was reportedly having a difficult time
keeping control of the pit bull.
Yet another innocent person was killed by a drunk driver in Florida. This tragedy occurred when the drunk driver crossed the median on a major highway, and struck the van in which several students were riding.
This is similar to another tragic case that was handled by our office, in which three people were killed and a fourth badly injured when a drunk driver slammed into their car at a high rate of speed in Pasco County, Florida. Please see the section of our website entitled "Newspaper Articles" to read an article that appeared in the Tampa Tribune about that case in which we obtained a $13,500,000 verdict for the surviving family members.