How Long Do I Have to File a Cruise Ship Accident Lawsuit?

Legal Information About Cruise Ship Accident Claims and Statutes of Limitations

Every state places deadlines on the time within which one must file a legal claim to protect a legal right or seek compensation after an injury. The deadlines are different in different states, and they are different depending on the type of legal claim. The legal term for this deadline is statute of limitations.

If you want to file a lawsuit against a cruise line after an injury, it is important to know that your contract with the cruise line dictates the deadline within which you must file your claim. The contract is usually your ticket, which you automatically agreed to upon purchase. This contract wins out over any statute of limitations set by state law. For example, in Florida the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit after an injury caused by negligence is four years. However, if your cruise ticket says you must file suit within one year — you must do so or else risk losing your right to file a lawsuit against the cruise line at all. These clauses are regularly upheld in all courts.

Notice Requirements After Cruise Line Injuries

In addition to setting specific deadlines within which a passenger must act to file a lawsuit against a cruise line, the cruise contract may also include a notice requirement. A notice requirement means that the cruise line requires you — or your lawyer — to notify the cruise line company that you intend to file a lawsuit against the cruise line. This notification must occur before you file the actual lawsuit, and the notice usually must be filed within an even shorter time period — sometimes as short as one month after the incident occurred.

Seek Immediate Legal Help After a Cruise Injury

Because cruise line accident lawsuits may have much shorter deadlines and possible notice requirements, it is imperative to find professional and experienced legal help as soon as possible after a cruise injury. In some cases, you may not want to wait until you return to shore to contact an attorney. Even while you are still aboard ship, a personal injury lawyer with cruise injury lawsuit experience can give you advice about how to preserve evidence and about what to say — and what not to say — to cruise line representatives.

Do You Still Have Questions About Cruise Ship Lawsuits?

More general information about cruise line legal claims can be found on our other cruise ship accident FAQ pages:

Specific examples of personal injury claims against cruise ships can be found on our cruise ship accident cases page, which describes past claims handled by our Florida personal injury law firm.

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