San Diego’s Superior Cruise Ship Attorney
There is no system that collects information about incidents like collisions, evacuations, and on-board accidents on cruise ships. To make matters more complicated, many American-based cruise ship lines register their ships overseas. Every year, thousands of Californians enjoy cruise vacations without incidents, but accidents and injuries do occur.
If you have been injured in a cruise ship accident or assault, it’s important to seek legal counsel from a personal injury attorney who has experience with cruise ship accident claims because these cases are very complicated. Cruise lines operate out of foreign countries which places them outside of the bounds of American enforcement. Cases typically involve complex international maritime law and filing a claim usually involves many unique legal loopholes.
Cruise ship accidents take many forms:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Injuries during a shore excursion
- Illnesses like food poisoning and negligent exposure to communicable disease
- Medical malpractice
- Falling object injuries
- Crew member assault
Time and Venue Restrictions in Cruise Ship Accident Cases
Before boarding the ship, you were probably required to sign a contract agreeing to a limited time and venue during which you can bring any wrongful death, personal injury, or civil negligence claim against the cruise line operator. Cruise lines are allowed to reduce the standard time during which passengers can make claims, and they can limit where lawsuits may be filed. Many cruise lines require passengers to file any injury lawsuits in California, no matter where they left port in the United States.
Be aware that you usually have only 6 months after the injury to notify the cruise line operator in writing of your injury and just 12 months to file a lawsuit for compensation.
Cruise ship accident claims are notoriously complicated and it can be difficult to establish liability. If you have been hurt in a cruise ship accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you protect your rights and explore your legal options to seek the compensation you deserve. Contact Rawa Law Group for a free consultation with a cruise ship injury lawyer in San Diego to discuss your case.
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