How Long Do I Have to File an Injury Claim Against a Cruise Line?

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Were you injured on a cruise vacation?


If you were, we’re sorry and hope we can provide you with the information you need to make a decision regarding your legal options. The information below can be helpful if you’re doing research. To get more specific answers to your questions, please contact a cruise ship attorney today.


If you were injured on a cruise ship, the timeframe within which you need to file a claim is generally dictated by the terms and conditions of the cruise ticket contract, as well as specific maritime laws. The ticket contract is a document that you would have signed before you embarked on your trip. It lists the rules and regulation that both you and the cruise line agree to for the entirety of your vacation at sea.


Most people don’t read the ticket contract, however, it is very important. Within the contract, their is language that outlines your ability bring a lawsuit against a cruise line if you were injured. The details are very explicit – and for most people who are not attorneys – are difficult to understand. That’s where a law firm can help.


Here’s what you need to know:


Time Limits for Filing a Claim

  1. Cruise Ticket Contract: Most cruise lines have specific provisions in their ticket contracts that limit the time you have to file a claim. These provisions typically require:
    • Notification of Injury: You usually need to notify the cruise line of your injury within a few months, often 6 months from the date of the injury.
    • Filing a Lawsuit: Many cruise lines require that you file a lawsuit within one year from the date of the injury.
  2. Federal Maritime Law: Under the general maritime law of the United States, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the injury. However, the terms of your cruise ticket contract usually shorten this period.

Importance of Contacting an Attorney

Given the complexity and specificity of maritime law and cruise line contracts, it’s crucial to contact an attorney experienced in cruise ship injury cases as soon as possible.


Here are several reasons why:

  1. Understanding the Contract: An experienced attorney can help you interpret the terms and conditions of your cruise ticket contract, including any clauses that pertain to filing a claim or lawsuit.
  2. Evidence Preservation: Timely legal action can help ensure that critical evidence is preserved, which is essential for building a strong case.
  3. Navigating Jurisdictional Issues: Cruise ship injury cases often involve unique jurisdictional issues, as the laws applicable to your case may depend on the location where the injury occurred, the cruise line’s home port, and the specific terms of the ticket contract.
  4. Maximizing Compensation: An attorney can help you accurately assess the value of your claim, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages, and can negotiate effectively on your behalf.
  5. Handling Complex Procedures: Cruise ship injury claims often involve complex legal procedures and require detailed documentation. An attorney can manage these processes, ensuring that all legal requirements are met and deadlines are adhered to.

Steps to Take After a Cruise Ship Injury

  1. Seek Medical Attention: Your health is the priority. Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries.
  2. Report the Injury: Notify the cruise ship’s medical staff and make an official report of the incident.
  3. Document Everything: Keep detailed records of your injuries, medical treatment, and any correspondence with the cruise line. Take photographs of the injury and the location where it occurred, if possible.
  4. Contact an Attorney: Reach out to a lawyer who specializes in maritime law and cruise ship injury cases to discuss your legal options and next steps.

Timing is Important

If you were injured on a cruise ship, you typically have a limited time to file a claim due to specific provisions in the cruise ticket contract. It’s important to notify the cruise line promptly and seek legal advice from an experienced cruise ship injury attorney to ensure that you meet all necessary deadlines and maximize your chances of obtaining fair compensation. Contacting an attorney as soon as possible can help you navigate the complexities of maritime law and protect your rights effectively.

Contact a Carnival Cruise Ship Lawyer


The best approach is to spend a few minutes with an experienced cruise ship injury lawyer who can answer your questions and provide a clear understanding of what your legal rights are as an injured passenger.


For more information from our attorneys, please call us today. There is no-obligation with the call – and – the call with our attorneys is free. Call today at 1-305-271-8282.


Our cruise ship accident lawyers have been helping injured passengers and crew members for more than 35 years. We help you understand your rights and will assist you in filing an injury claim against the cruise line. If you believe negligence played a role in your injury – or just have questions about the your accident – please contact our office today.


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