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.
Cruise Ship Injury Claim Types
Cruise ship injuries can result from a variety of causes, including the negligence of the cruise ship staff as well as safety lapses with regard to the ship’s structure. In cases of illness aboard a cruise ship, the cruise line may try to argue that the illness was the fault of the passenger. However, in instances where many passengers are affected by illness, the problem may actually be due to the cruise line’s failing to meet health and safety standards. While pursuing legal action due to illness aboard a cruise ship is rare, victims should still seek legal help in order to determine if there is grounds for a claim.
Get Help Right Away
Cruise line injury lawsuits often have a shorter deadline for filing a claim, which means that victims need to act quickly after the cruise ship injuries have occurred. In certain cases, you may not even want to wait until the cruise ship has docked to get in touch with an attorney. Even if you are still on board, an admiralty and maritime lawyer can advise you as to what to say and do when dealing with the cruise line staff.
If you have been injured aboard a cruise ship, Hannon Legal Group is here to review your case. Click here or call us directly at (866) 835-6872 and we can schedule a time to meet with you directly.