Getting hurt is never fun, but getting hurt while you’re taking a vacation on a cruise ship can be even more frustrating and worrisome. Knowing what to do and how to handle such a circumstance can make the whole situation seem less painful.
In addition, knowing that you have a form of recourse to help pay for the damages you’ve sustained as a result of the injury can help to put your mind at ease. Keep reading to learn when you should contact an attorney about your cruise ship injury.
It’s Never Too Soon
If you’re injured on a cruise ship, it’s a good idea to contact an experienced cruise ship accident attorney right away.
The leading reason why it’s unwise to wait to file a lawsuit for your cruise ship injury is that every cruise liner forces its passengers to enter into “ticket contracts” that significantly reduce your rights once you set foot on the ship.
One of your rights that becomes severely reduced is the amount of time you’re allowed to file a lawsuit against the cruise ship for putting you in danger, which led to your injury. Typically, the statute of limitations for cruise ship accident injuries is three years, but cruise liners try to protect themselves by reducing this time limit to just one year.
That means you have only one year to file a lawsuit if you’re injured on a cruise ship.
COVID-19 Cruise Ship Injury Lawsuits
While the future of COVID-19 lawsuits remains to be seen, if you contracted the coronavirus while onboard a cruise ship, you may be able to recover compensation. However, if you intend to file a lawsuit for emotional distress caused by your fear of exposure to COVID-19, you probably won’t have a case.
In July, Judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles ruled that permitting passengers to collect compensation based on potential COVID-19 contact without exhibiting symptoms prompted concerns of unlimited liability for restaurants, bars and other places people congregate.
If you’ve been injured on a cruise ship, you may be owed compensation. Our attorneys here at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano are highly skilled in the area of cruise ship personal injury cases and have helped many other people in similar situations obtain the compensation they deserved. Let us see if we can help you, too. Don’t delay—contact our office with your case right away.
Call Greenberg, Stone & Urbano today at (305) 692-0055 to speak with a Miami attorney about your cruise ship injury case.