If you’ve been injured on a cruise ship and are seeking legal action against the cruise line, you’re most likely going to need to file your case in Florida.
This is a requirement within the ticketing contract that you signed in order to book your cruise. In the contract, there was a clause called the Forum Selection that outlined where and how lawsuits were to be brought if they occurred.
In the forum selection, there is a clause that states that in exchange for being allowed on the cruise ship, any lawsuits brought against the cruise line must be done so only in Florida – and generally only in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami.
**each ticket and/or contract with a cruising vessel is subject to it’s own terms and agreements. Please contact an attorney experienced in dealing with cruise ship injury cases.**
So, though you may live in Alabama, Michigan or California you may have to file your lawsuit in Florida.
**a Miami based attorney who specializes in cruise ship legal services and personal injury can help you with your lawsuit.**