Taking a cruise is supposed to be a fun and relaxing way to vacation. You can find great deals and go with friends or family. These cruises can take you on trips all around the world. Cruises that originate in the U.S. alone accommodate more than 5 million people every year.
Cruise lines have very strict maritime laws to abide by in order to provide their cruises.
They are required to abide by international safety standards out at sea at all times. Even with all of these standards, accidents can still occur when you least expect them to. These accidents in the past have resulted in injuries and even deaths among not only passengers but also crew members.
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. They can do so if they feel that they were not able to enjoy their vacation because of the incident.
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