Lake Worth Cruise Ship Accident Attorney
Every year, more than 20 million people bid au revoir to land and sail off to gorgeous destinations around the world. Cruises are one of the most popular vacation options, and for good reason. Ships offer an incredible array of amenities onboard and chances for exotic excursions.
While most people experience no more troublesome issues than a little too much sun, serious injury can occur. If you have been injured, contact a cruise accident lawyer to ensure your rights, and your ability to pursue all legal remedies, are protected.
Why You Need a Cruise Ship Passenger Injury Attorney
Cruise ship accidents are governed by maritime law; this is a separate and distinct set of regulations and acts designed to protect those who work, and play, in navigable waters. It is also a considerably complex area that encompasses state, federal, and even international statutes and treaties.
Every aspect, from jurisdiction to statutes of limitation, are different from the laws that govern accidents that occur on land. Maritime attorneys, particularly those who focus on cruise ship injuries, have the precise experience that you need as you deal with the aftermath of an accident and pursue just compensation.
The LaBovick Law Group has decades of experience representing clients who have been injured on cruise ships or associated excursions. This can be treacherous territory; we will be by your side to navigate the legal process. See how much your maritime case could be worth with our online case calculator.
The Fine Print
Hidden in the fine print of your ticket is the “contract of carriage,” which sets out the limits concerning your ability to pursue legal action. Of particular importance:
- Statute of limitation. The window in which you have to file a claim is shortened when it comes to cruise ship accidents. You usually have one year from the date of the incident. In some cases, it may be just six months.
- Jurisdiction. Often, you must file your claim in the city in which the cruise line operates. Many lines are headquartered in in the Sunshine State; our experienced cruise accident lawyers have extensive experience in these cases.
- International concerns. The procedures for filing claims against foreign-flagged ships in international waters can further “muddy the waters.”
- Notification. In some cases, if passengers do not provide written notification of their injury to the cruise line within six months, it may impact their ability to seek legal compensation.
- Activities waivers. Cruise lines often require passengers to sign blanket waivers before they are able to participate in onboard activities. However, if there is negligence and/or recklessness involved, our team can help you challenge these waivers and pursue compensation.
The clock is ticking. These complex laws and limitations do not leave much time for injured parties to investigate, gather evidence, and file a claim within the allowable window. If you are injured, consult an cruise ship passenger injury attorney as soon as possible. Waiting can mean the difference between receiving fair and appropriate compensation and being left to struggle with medical and financial issues on your own.
Common Cruise Ship Accidents and Injuries
A cruise ship is similar to a floating city; there may be thousands of passengers and just as many crew members in an environment that features everything from restaurants, casinos, and clubs to pools, water slides, and climbing walls. Again, while most passengers enjoy a great vacation, others encounter dangers such as:
- Slip and falls
- Food-borne illnesses
- Excursion accidents
- Medical malpractice*
- Sexual assault/rape
- Wrongful death
- Injuries due to defective equipment
*Doctors and nurses aboard ships are not always licensed to practice in the US. Misdiagnosis or failure to treat injuries adequately can have tragic consequences.
What to Do If You Are Injured on a Cruise
First, attend to your safety. Alert crew members that there has been an incident and request an on board medical evaluation. Make sure you document these steps; they will be critical later if you decide to pursue legal action. Ask for copies of your accident/incident report and medical exam. If you are able, take pictures or videos of the scene and of your injury. If you are not physically able, have a member of your party do so. Request that witnesses provide you with their names and contact information.
When you are back in port, contact a cruise accident lawyer. We will help you take the necessary steps to pursue compensation. This is a complex area of the law; we will guide you through it.
Do not let fine print and loopholes keep you from the compensation you deserve. The LaBovick Law Group can help. Call or contact us for a complimentary consultation.