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West Palm Beach Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer

Booking a cruise to visit a warm exotic location or explore a new place is an event people typically plan and save for over a significant period of time. The leisurely pace of this kind of travel, as compared to flying, allows passengers the opportunity to relax and disconnect from the stress and business of normal life. However, being on a ship in the middle of a body of water brings the risk of serious injury if something goes wrong, or a safety issue on the ship is not quickly addressed. If an injury does occur, who is responsible, and can passengers sue the cruise operator for negligence in a personal injury lawsuit? Contact our West Palm Beach cruise ship injury lawyers today; we can help.

In the event you or a family member is injured on a cruise, remember these helpful tips:

  • Cruise ship injuries are governed by Maritime Law, otherwise known as the Law of the Seas. Maritime Law was created hundreds of years ago to provide international rules related to shipping people and merchandise around the world. Today, Maritime Law is created by Congress and regulated by the federal courts. As a result, claims against cruise ships are often brought in federal court.
  • Passengers must prove that a cruise line was negligent in order to recovery for most injuries. This means that the passenger must establish that the cruise line acted in an unreasonable manner and that their actions were the cause of a passenger’s injury or death.
  • In order to prevail on a claim for a slip and fall, a passenger must be able to prove: (a) that he or she fell on a substance or as a result of a defect in the ship; (b) the identify (at least broadly speaking) of that substance of defect…for example, a clear liquid or a torn carpet; (b) that the defect was on the ground long enough that the cruise line either knew or should have known, about its existence.
  • Generally, the passenger will need to prove through circumstantial evidence that the condition existed for at least 15-20 minutes before the fall occurred. Therefore, it is important to make note of whether the liquid is dirty, has footprints through it or if there are any other indications that it has been on the ground for a significant amount of time.
  • You should assume that you are on video every minute that you are on the cruise ship, except for the time spent in your cabin. In other words, the cruise line will almost certainly have video of you both before and after your fall.
  • Many legal rights that a passenger may have are governed and restricted by the Cruise Tickets. This includes the time limit for filing suit, the requirement to give notice to the cruise line of your injury, the city where a claim must be filed and the deadline for filing suit. These rules are often very different from typical personal injury cases, and failure to follow them will result in the dismissal of your case.
  • In most cases, you must give formal notice of your injury and claim to the cruise line within 180 days and file a lawsuit within one (1) year. In claims that do not involve an injury such as claims related to property damage, the requirements in your case may be different, so you need to identify this information immediately.
  • You should have a family member take pictures of the area where you fell, the shoes that you were wearing and any visible injuries that you suffered. If you are injured, you should report to the ship’s medical facility as soon as possible and be sure to tell the doctor each and every area of your body that is in pain.

Major Cruise Ship Companies

Major cruise ship companies include:

  • American Cruise Lines
  • Holland America Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • Azamara Cruises
  • Hurtigruten
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Majestic America Line
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • MSC Cruises
  • Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Costa Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • SeaDream Cruise Line
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Cunard Line
  • Orient Lines
  • Uniworld Grand River Cruises
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Pearl Seas Cruises
  • Windstar Cruises

Do I have a Cruise Ship Lawsuit?

If you suffered an injury during such a trip, contact our lawyers to learn about the possibility of suing for negligence. The window to sue is usually very short, so talking with an attorney as soon as possible to key to retaining all your legal rights. The law firm of Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith understands how devastating any injury can be, and we will fight to get the compensation you deserve. Contact our West Palm Beach cruise ship injury lawyers for a free consultation.

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