Where Do I File a Personal Injury Claim against a Cruise Line?
Legal Information About Foreign Port Injuries And Tourist Accidents
When you buy a ticket for a cruise, you are signing a contract with the cruise line. The contract defines almost every aspect of the relationship between the cruise line and the passenger, including where a passenger may file a personal injury claim in the event of bodily injury. This part of the cruise contract is called the forum selection clause.
Many cruise line companies choose Florida — specifically Miami — as the location where passengers must file a personal injury claim. It does not matter where the cruise ship corporation is registered, where the passenger lives, whether the accident occurred in a foreign port or even on a shore excursion in a foreign country, or whether the cruise ship is owned by a non-U.S. corporation. Any personal injury claim by a passenger against the cruise line will take place in the court specified in the passenger contract.
For example, a passenger may live in California, book a cruise through an agency in Maryland, fly through Orlando to board the cruise ship in Barbados, and have an accident while on a shore excursion in Panama. The cruise line can require the personal injury claim to be filed in Miami — even though the passenger never set foot in Miami.
Forum selection clauses are burdensome for plaintiffs, who may have to travel back and forth to Florida while dealing with severe injuries, scheduled surgeries and rehabilitation plans. It may help the plaintiff to choose a law firm with a strong presence in Florida, so long as that law firm also has extensive experience litigating personal injury claims against cruise line companies.
Get More Information About Personal Injury Claims Against Cruise Lines
We encourage you to explore the rest of our cruise ship accident FAQ pages:
- Can I sue for a cruise injury?
- Can I sue if I get sick on a cruise?
- Who do I sue and who pays me after a cruise ship accident?
- How long do I have to file a cruise ship accident lawsuit?
Examples of past cruise ship accident lawsuits can be found on our cruise ship accident cases page.
For More Information, Call (305) 692-0055
Greenberg, Stone & Urbano is an AV rated* personal injury law firm with offices throughout Florida. Our law firm was founded in 1994, and our attorneys contribute more than 130 years' combined experience to litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims. Because we work with a nationwide network of local law firms, we can offer representation to injury victims throughout the United States. You can also contact us online.
We have the resources to handle cruise ship accident cases no matter where they occur:
- Grand Cayman
- St. Martin
- St. Thomas
- Virgin Islands
- Ocho Rios
- Montego Bay
- Central America
- South America
We represent victims of cruise line negligence and tourist accidents no matter the cause:
- Zip line accidents
- Air tour crashes
- Accidents on helicopter rides
- Parasailing accidents
- SCUBA diving accidents
- Accidents on Jet Ski tours
- Accidents caused by negligent guides
- Tour bus accidents
If you have questions after a cruise injury, call (305) 692-0055.