Who Do I Sue and Who Pays Me After a Cruise Ship Accident?

Legal Information About Cruise Lines Accident Lawsuits

If you are injured while on a cruise, it may not be clear who is responsible. The question of responsibility is important because the answer will tell you who to file a claim for compensation with and who pays for your injury. In some cases, your personal injury attorney may identify multiple defendants, which means that more than one company can be held responsible for your injuries.

Whose Negligence or Carelessness Caused the Injury?

To answer the question of who pays for the costs associated with a cruise ship injury, your lawyer will conduct an investigation to determine who or what was immediately responsible for your injuries:

  • A slippery floor at a restaurant on the ship
  • A cruise ship employee who assaulted you
  • An onboard waterslide with a dangerous design
  • An onshore excursion company
  • A fellow passenger who assaulted you

Generally speaking, cruise lines are responsible for the actions of their employees and agents; they are also responsible for keeping their ships reasonably free from hazardous conditions. If a cruise ship employee caused your injury, or if a dangerous condition on the ship caused an accident, the cruise line company is a logical defendant in a personal injury claim.

Even if another company — such as an onshore excursion company — was responsible for your injury, the cruise line may share liability. Cruise passengers have an expectation that shore excursions advertised by the cruise line will be reasonably safe. If the excursion company acts negligently, then part of that negligence may be attributable to the cruise line. The cruise company may deny liability, which is why it is so important to work with a knowledgeable attorney.

How Will You Get Compensated After a Cruise Ship Accident?

If your claim is successful you may have different options for the manner in which you receive compensation in a settlement or jury award after a cruise injury. Your lawyer will advise you about the specific advantages and disadvantages of the different options. In general, the options may include a lump-sum injury award payment or a structured settlement. In a lump-sum award, the injury victim receives all compensation in one amount. In a structured settlement, the plaintiff agrees to accept compensation payments over time.

More Frequently Asked Questions About Cruise Ship Legal Claims

To answer other common questions about cruise ship lawsuits, our website has several other FAQ pages relating to cruise ship accidents:

You may also want to review examples of past cruise ship accident lawsuits, which can be found on our cruise ship accident cases page.

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The AV-rated* law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano was founded by experienced attorneys who are recognized leaders in the area of personal injury law. Our attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims. We have offices throughout Florida, and with a network of local associate law firms across the country, we represent plaintiffs in every state in the nation. Our Florida location is convenient for many cruise ship accident cases because cruise lines often require injury lawsuits to be brought in Florida courts.

We have the resources to litigate cruise injury cases against the largest cruise line companies in the world, including:

  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Commodore Cruise Line
  • Costa Cruise
  • Cunard Cruise Line
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Renaissance Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Yachts of Seabourn
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Port Canaveral Cruises
  

If you have questions about a specific accident or incident on a cruise ship, call toll free (888) 499-9700.