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Determining Liability for Cruise Ship Accidents

Being involved in an injury-sustaining accident aboard a cruise ship is the last thing you want to happen while you’re enjoying your time out at sea. However, these types of accidents happen all the time and may be more common than you’d expect.

Where Are Cruise Ship Lawsuits Filed?

A forum-selection clause in your cruise ship ticket (contract) allows the cruise line to establish which state a lawsuit may be filed in. Since most cruise liners are headquartered in Florida, many of these suits are required to be filed in the Federal Court in the state of Florida.

A notice-requirement clause mandates that injured passengers must place the cruise line on written notice of the claim, and file suit within periods set forth in the contract. In most cruise ship contracts, written notice must be given within six months of the accident, and the suit must be filed within one year of the accident. Accordingly, time is of the essence and you should seek legal advice immediately.

Always read the back of your cruise ship ticket before boarding to avoid surprises in the event you are involved in an accident while on your trip.

When is a Cruise Ship Operator Liable?

Similar to most other personal injury claims, cruise ship operators’ actions must be deemed negligent in order to be held liable for your injuries. Typically, negligence involves creating a dangerous condition, or failing to warn of, or correct, a dangerous condition in which the cruise line knew or should have known of at the time of the accident.

If you’ve been involved in an accident aboard a cruise ship that caused you to sustain injuries, you may be entitled to damages. The accomplished attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano are highly skilled in these sorts of cases, with over 130 years of combined experience. Don’t hesitate to contact us about your cruise ship personal injury case right away.

Call Greenberg, Stone & Urbano today at (305) 692-0055 to speak with a Miami attorney about your cruise ship injury case.


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