Cruise Ship Complaints

Cruise Ship Complaints
Do I Need A Lawyer

A Lawyer for Cruise Ship Complaints, will an Attourney help my cruise complaint, how to choose a lawyer for my cruise case, how to settle Cruise Ship Complaint


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Do I Need A Lawyer for a Cruise Ship Complaint

Do I Need A Lawyer? Will an Attourney help my cruise complaint? How to choose a lawyer for my cruise case? How to settle a cruise ship complaint?

Before you hire an Attourney

Attempt Resolution

Crewmembers Before you make a formal complaint consider possible outcomes due to the nature of such a complaint. If you have filed a complaint or need advice on how to proceed, contact the Center for Seafarers’ Rights offered by the Seamen's Church Institute (SCI). SCI operates the world’s only full-time, free legal aid program for merchant mariners. seamenschurch.org
Consumers Make a formal Complaint - we urge you to do this directly in writing or online first, if you need help select your cruise line from the cruise line complaint pages
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Unresolved Complaint Resolution:

1. - If you did not attempt resolution with the cruise line first see: FREE resolution information and services

2. - Consider the use of Free Advocacy - Florida Division of Consumer Services, This agency handles consumer complaints concerning applicable regulated businesses, which includes the travel industry in Florida and covers all cruise lines with a Florida base of operations. Toll Free: (Florida Only) 1-800-435-7352; or All Others: (850) 922-2966

Free Advocacy - "On Your Side" consumer advocacy news teams all over the country are on the lookout for consumer scams. We do all the legwork for you. We send your story out to local TV News Stations in your area.

Free Advocacy - Tampa, Florida - 8 On Your Side Helpline: Call with consumer problems or complaints. (813) 225-2797 Tampa, 1-800-338-0808.

Before You Hire A Lawyer

Know your rights and laws that apply to lawyers in that state. If need be, print up the regulations and put them into your own case folder for easy reference. The law is cut and dried and knowing it and being able to quote the key points will go a long way in showing the lawyer you know what standards the state requires. Being able to quote the Bar lawyer regulations will go a long way during a disagreement you may have with the lawyer during your case.

A sentence that begins, "According to State Bar Regulation #. . . " , can be very effective during disagreements regarding fees or behavior and to let the lawyer know you are aware of the alternatives to the current situation without making a threat. Florida Regulations and Lawyer Fees or see the California Bar Rules of Professional Conduct.

What Will The Lawyer Charge?
The lawyer will charge you an hourly rate for every phone call, email, letter, postage, the court filing fee (2015: Filing fee for Notice of Removal from State Court or Fee for Filing a Civil Action, Suit or Proceeding in a District Court $400.00) and all other out of pocket expenses such as legal aids, research, depositions, private investigators and travel expenses. In addition, Florida Bar Regulation: Rule 4-1.5 Fees And Costs For Legal Services:
A. Before the filing of an answer or the demand for appointment of arbitrators or, if no answer is filed or no demand for appointment of arbitrators is made, the expiration of the time period provided for such action:
1. 33 1/3% of any recovery up to $1 million; plus
2. 30% of any portion of the recovery between $1 million and $2 million; plus
3. 20% of any portion of the recovery exceeding $2 million.
B. After the filing of an answer or the demand for appointment of arbitrators or, if no answer is filed or no demand for appointment of arbitrators is made, the expiration of the time period provided for such action, through the entry of judgment:
1. 40% of any recovery up to $1 million; plus
2. 30% of any portion of the recovery between $1 million and $2 million; plus
3. 20% of any portion of the recovery exceeding $2 million.
C. If all defendants admit liability at the time of filing their answers and request a trial only on damages:
1. 33 1/3% of any recovery up to $1 million; plus
2. 20% of any portion of the recovery between $1 million and $2 million; plus
3. 15% of any portion of the recovery exceeding $2 million.
D. An additional 5% of any recovery after institution of any appellate proceeding is filed or post-judgment relief or action is required for recovery on the judgment.

What Else You Need To Know A court case will typically last for 1-4 years, but may last for much longer. The court may order arbitration, which may mean a lower settlement than if a jury trial took place. If the jury gives an award, the court will still have to approve the award and may not give the full award. If it is determined you are partially at fault for the injury, a percentage of blame will be given.

So, if the settlement amount is $25,000 and you are 50% at fault, your settlement amount is $12,500 before attorney cost and fees. After attorney fees, you will get much less. You must place a value on your own time and the sacrifices you will have to make in order to pursue the case.

Also consider your location, if you live out of state, you will have travel expenses to and from court during the trial which may take place over a number of months. Consider carefully before you choose to sue a cruise line. Be rational, negotiation on your own may be a much better option when it comes to the bottom line.

You should keep your own detailed, exact records of every interaction you have with the lawyer, the lawyer's staff and any outsourced agents they use. This will asssist you in comparing costs when you settle up. If when the time comes to settle up, the costs differ from your records, try to work it out with the lawyer. If all else fails, these records will be useful when you file a State Bar Complaint against the lawyer. See below.

If you have complaints about the services you get from an attorney related to case management, timely handling of documentation and court filings, costs, privacy and ethics, it's easy enough to file for free complaint resolution with the State Bar.

Complaints Against California Attorneys - Phone: 1- 800-843-9053
All lawyers who practice in California must live up to ethical standards imposed by the California Supreme Court and the state legislature. As an arm of the California Supreme Court, the State Bar investigates and prosecutes complaints against lawyer
Florida Bar's Attorney Consumer Assistance Program - Phone: 1-866-352-0707
ACAP provides assistance in response to more than 24,000 requests a year. As an official arm of the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar and its Department of Lawyer Regulation are charged with administering a statewide disciplinary system to enforce Supreme Court rules of professional conduct for the 95,000-plus lawyers admitted to practice law in Florida. The Florida Bar accepts complaints against attorneys, investigates those complaints and prosecutes attorneys who engage in unethical conduct. If you are having difficulty communicating with your attorney, you should consider the following before filing a complaint with The Bar:
1. Call the attorney's office and leave a message for a return call.
2. If you do not receive a return call within a reasonable period of time, write a letter to the attorney, preferably with return receipt requested, requesting to be contacted within a specified (reasonable) period of time. If the attorney fails to respond, your letter can be used as evidence for future Florida Bar purposes.