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Two Cruise Ship Passengers Drugged and Raped Aboard Carnival Vessel

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Two American women were allegedly drugged and raped during an excursion in the Bahamas after disembarking from the Carnival Elation from Jacksonville to Freeport. They allege that the sexual assault was a foreseeable crime. According to the allegations, the women went to a resort in the Bahamas that was promoted by Carnival and carried… Read More »


Carnival Cruise Passenger Struck in Face with Bar Glass

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

The Miami Herald initially reported on a disturbing case aboard the Carnival Magic where a cruise guest, who became enraged when he was asked to be quiet in a theater on the ship, is alleged to have “smashed his cocktail glass into a man’s face and beat him during a theater show.” According to… Read More »


Carnival Cruise Lines Has a Higher Rate of Sexual Violence Than 27 U.S. States

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

In January, the Department of Transportation released statistics related to incidents of physical assault and sexual violence aboard cruise lines. One cruise line, in particular, reported a much higher rate than the others. Carnival Cruise Line’s rate of sexual violence aboard cruise ships is now higher than in 27 U.S. states. The DOT data… Read More »


Everything You Need to Know About a Boat Accident Lawsuit

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

When a boat accident occurs in Florida, a determination is made as to who is at fault for the accident. If the other boater was at fault for the accident, you are entitled to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. The Miami, FL boat accident attorneys at… Read More »


Woman in Wheelchair Sues Carnival After Sustaining Injury

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A Carnival passenger has filed a lawsuit against the cruise company after she says she sustained injuries while going down the gangway. The woman, who was in a wheelchair at the time of the accident and an amputee, alleges she received “no assistance” from Carnival employees. According to the lawsuit, she attempted to traverse… Read More »


Crew Member Accidents and Injuries in Miami, FL

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Do you work aboard a shipping vessel? This is potentially a dangerous career. While many Florida employees are subject to the state’s workers’ compensation laws, those who work aboard vessels have other rights of recovery under The Jones Act. In this article, the Miami, FL maritime injury attorneys at Michael F. Guilford, P.A. will… Read More »


Family of 15-Year-Old Killed in Boating Accident Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

The family of a 15-year-old girl who was killed in a boating accident has filed a personal injury wrongful death lawsuit naming several defendants. One of those defendants includes the company that rented them the pontoon that they claim was allegedly defective. The family claims that the pontoon was in “dangerous and defective condition”… Read More »


Carnival Sued After Man Loses Finger in Balcony Door

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Carnival Cruises is facing a lawsuit brought by a man who lost a finger when his balcony door slammed shut. According to the lawsuit, his finger was severed. The lawsuit does not mention whether or not the finger was able to be reattached and if so, what range of motion the finger now has…. Read More »


100 People Injured During Storm on Cruise Vessel in the UK

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Roughly 100 people were injured after a cruise vessel off the coast of the UK sailed into stormy waters. Saga Cruises’ Spirit of Discovery entered treacherous waters triggering the vessel’s automatic safety systems. The boat shifted to one side before it came to a stop. 100 people suffered injuries that were described as “minor”… Read More »


Family Sues After Loved One Jumped Off of Yacht and Drowned

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A grieving family has filed a lawsuit against a yachting company and several other named defendants after their loved one jumped off the yacht and drowned in Biscayne Bay in March. The victim was one of 13 passengers aboard the yacht Victoria on March 18, 2023. While docked in the Bay, the 20-year-old victim… Read More »

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