According to industry reports, Florida is the country’s No. 1 cruise state, with direct spending of $6.7 billion and 130,950 jobs that generated $5.76 billion in income.
More cruises depart and arrive at Florida ports than anywhere else in the country. As well, many of the top cruise lines are headquartered in Florida.
This is important as it also impacts the ability of passengers who were injured or became sick while on a cruise to file a claim against the cruise lines. Those claims, depending on the ticket agreement per each cruise line, can dictate that claims are brought within Florida (and most often within the Florida counties of Miami-Dade, Brevard and Broward).
This venue selection clause is dictated by the cruise line and the location can affect which attorney or law firm an plaintiff might choose to help them with their claim. Attorneys familiar with the court system in Florida are often better suited to help.
If you’ve been injured while on a cruise – or became sick while on a cruise – it’s important to contact an experienced cruise ship attorney who can work with you to better understand if you have a potential case.
The attorneys at Waks and Barnett are experienced cruise ship injury lawyers.