Cruise ship passengers who are hurt, become ill, or die tragically on cruise ship because of the negligence or misconduct of an employee or other passenger can file a law suit for personal injury or wrongful death. This is true whether or not the person responsible was another passenger or an employee of the cruise line.
These cruise ship lawsuits can include claims not only for medical costs and pain and suffering, but also lost wages and lost future earning capacity. Most of these cases will have to be filed in Miami, Florida, because of language contained in the cruise line passenger ticket.
No one plans to get sick or suffer an injury on their cruise. Nevertheless, some passengers face injuries caused by:
illness (like food poisoning);
accidents (like slipping on wet surfaces);
intentional acts of others (rape, assault, etc.) or
medical negligence from cruise ship health care provider trying to care for injury or accident victims.
Unfortunately, cruise lines have made every attempt to limit their liability by making it difficult to file a claim based on procedural issues, including jurisdictional issues and imposing a short time limit on filing a damage claim. For example, cruise passenger tickets contain language that limit the time period for filing an injury lawsuit to one year.
A good piece of advice if you have been harmed on a cruise ship is to speak to a Florida personal injury lawyer to learn about your rights, including how most cruise ship carriers respond to these claims and the type of damages you can recover.
Most cruise ship injury lawyers, like Alan Sackrin, will offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions.
Florida personal injury trial lawyer Alan Sackrin is a Board Certified civil trial specialist with over 37 years of courtroom and pre-suit settlement experience. Alan helps people who live in Florida as well as in other parts of the country and the world who have been hurt on a cruise ship to file a claim and seek compensation to be made whole again.
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