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If you have been injured aboard a cruise ship, you may think that you have plenty of time to file a claim. However, the state of Florida has specific deadlines when it comes to filing claims, which is known in legal terms as the statute of limitations. It is also important to know that cruise ship contracts also have deadlines within which a passenger or employee must file a claim. The admiralty and maritime law attorneys at Hannon Legal Group regularly represent clients involved in various types of maritime accidents and can assist you if you have been injured.

Be Aware of Cruise Ship Contract Terms

Cruise ship lines often have specific terms regarding filing suits and an agreement with these terms is often given simply by the act of purchasing a ticket. These company terms could be substantially shorter than any Florida statute of limitations. In addition, the cruise line may also have a notice requirement, which means that you or your attorney must notify the cruise line that you intend to file a lawsuit against the company. This notice requirement is often an even shorter period of time and must be satisfied before you file the lawsuit.

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James Hannon of the Miami law firm Hannon Legal Group recently appeared on ABC Local 10 News Sunday Morning to discuss recent cruise ship incidents and what cruise goers should be aware of while aboard.



If you or someone you know has been the victim of accident or violent crime on board a cruise ship, contact a Miami, Florida maritime negligence lawyer at Hannon Legal Group today.

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Florida cities, including Panama City, Daytona Beach, Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, South Beach – Miami, and Key West, are major destinations for spring breakers and tourists looking for warm sunshine and fun.

Whether by car or by air, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Florida each year to visit its miles of white sandy beaches, theme parks, restaurants, and bars. Some schools and colleges start spring break as early as the last week in February, and it runs through the end of March. According to, the two busiest weeks are March 10-17 and March 17-21.

Some common spring break dangers include:

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Cruise ships are a popular method of vacationing. From 2005 to 2010, about 100 million passengers took cruises according to the Cruise Lines International Association. Annually almost 12 million passengers embarked on cruises worldwide. In South Florida alone, there are more than 8 million visitors to Florida’s seaports (Port of Palm Beach, Port Everglades, Port of Miami).

Each year thousands of passengers are injured on cruise ships. Many believe cruise ship injuries and cruise ship deaths were underreported, and until recently, cruise lines were not required to report incidents in a timely, meaningful way. In 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, which requires cruise lines to report all deaths, missing persons, theft, sexual harassment and assaults.

While the cruise line and cruise ship industry have a duty of care to guard against accidents and injury, some of the common injuries can include: slip and fall accidents, falling overboard, pool or recreational area accidents and drowning (scuba diving and snorkeling), medical staff negligence, food poisoning, Norwalk virus (norovirus), legionnaires disease, assault or battery by crew or passengers due to negligent security, sexual assault by passengers or crew, wrongful death due to cruise negligence, injuries arising from a cruise line-approved excursion and employee injuries (boiler room and engine room explosions).

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Miami, Fl. – Two passengers aboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas were arrested for the rape of a 15-year old passenger from Iowa. A teenage Royal Caribbean passenger allegedly lured the young girl from a teen dance club on the ship and into a private room where the victim believed she would be meeting friends. There was another man in the room and noone else. When she tried to leave, the two man raped her.

As experienced Miami, Florida cruise ship rape attorneys, the lawyers at Hannon Legal Group know that passengers often let their guard down while on board because they believe they are in a safe environment. Cruise ship passenger are the victims of rape and sexual assault far too often.

Royal Caribbean and all cruise lines have a duty to implement reasonable measures for the safety and security of their passengers and to protect them from foreseeable criminal attacks. Their duty and responsibility is heightened when the criminal attacks are perpetrated by crew members.
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