Taking a cruise is most often a fun and enjoyable experience. You get to relax, participate in the ship’s activities and visit places you may have never had the opportunity to visit previously.
For thousands of people every week, the cruise vacation is enjoyable. Unfortunately though, dozens of injuries also occur each week. Some of these are minor mishaps, some of them are major accidents where someone has sustained severe or life-threatening injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a cruise ship accident or have become terribly sick, you may have questions about your legal rights.
Here is some help information when considering a legal claim
Cruise lines are supposed to operate under very strict maritime laws to provide a safe experience for their passengers and crew. They are required to abide by international safety standards out at sea at all times. When rules and regulations are broken or not paid attention to, accidents can occur and injuries can result from those accidents.
Those that are involved in an accident while on the cruise can be traumatized. Common types of accidents that happen on cruise ships are food poisoning, fires, assault, and accidents arising from unforeseen storms.
Any passenger that is involved in any type of accident on the cruise ship is able to file a claim against the cruise line.
It’s up to an attorney to help you identify the merit and potential success of your case.
How to file a lawsuit against a cruise line
If you want to file suit against a cruise line, you would need to talk to a Maritime lawyer. A Maritime lawyer is someone who practices in the area known as “maritime law”. This type of law applies to suits that involve injuries and accidents that occurred on the waterways of the U.S., the Gulf of Mexico, or at sea.
Maritime lawyers work best to file suits against cruise lines. They will help you to seek compensation for your physical or emotional injuries. The suit will also give the cruise line a chance to evaluate their operations to see if there is anything that they can improve on so that the incident won’t easily happen again in the future to other passengers.
Most cruise lines will offer full refunds on the cruise as well as other incentives to satisfy a suit. Keep in mind that the suit should be filed within six months of the incident.
About Waks & Barnett, P.A.
Based in Miami, Waks & Barnett attorneys work with clients in Florida, throughout the United States and around the world. The firm’s attorneys practice in the areas of personal injury, accidents and wrongful death, with a specialization in admiralty and maritime law.
- Cruise ship passenger personal injuries and accidents
- Cruise ship passenger illness
- Cruise ship medical negligence
- Sexual assault on cruise ships
- Protecting the rights of passengers and crew