Forum Set in Cruise Line Passenger Tickets – Lawyers for Cruise Injury Lawsuits in Florida
Thousands of Cruises Start Out From a Florida Port of Call: Fort Lauderdale is The Top Cruise Departure Port in the World
Vacationers from all over the United States as well as other parts of the world come to Florida seeking vacations offered by a growing number of cruise ship companies, including:
Cruise ships can be seen coming and going every month of the year here in Miami. These mammoth ships move among ports in the Caribbean Sea as well as the Atlantic Ocean from Broward County’s Port Everglades in Hollywood, Florida, as well as Port of Miami’s Dodge Island. In fact, over thirty years ago, Miami made the history books as the first port in the world to have over 1,000,000 cruise passengers in a single year (1976).
Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades claims to have more cruise lines and sailings today than any other port, world-wide, and offers nine (9) cruise terminals as well as two parking garages and other amenities to accommodate cruise travelers.
Tampa also has a very popular cruise port, the Port of Tampa, there is another popular cruise line seaport at Cape Canaveral’s Port Canaveral in Brevard County, as well as the JAXPort of Jacksonville, Florida which hosts the Carnival Cruise Line’s year-round four and five day cruises to The Bahamas and back aboard its 2,052-passenger ship, the Carnival Fascination.
When someone has been hurt during a cruise vacation, and seeks to file claims for damages to cover things like medical costs, hospital expenses, and physical therapy bills, one of the first questions to be answered is exactly where did the injury happen to the victim.
If someone is injured during the cab ride, on the plane flight to the cruise port of call, or even in the terminal waiting time to board the cruise ship, then many different defendants may be responsible for those damages. The local cab company, the airline, the local municipality may all be players in your case.
However, once the person boards the cruise ship, and the ship takes off into the sea waters, things change. On a cruise ship, the cruise line becomes responsible for its guests and they will be the defendant (possibly along with their employees as individuals, manufacturers of products on the ship, etc.). This means that the law that you assume will apply and the idea that you can file your lawsuit close to your home may not be true.
For example, the Cruise Lines have already decided where they want these cruise ship lawsuits based upon injuries to be filed, and you’ve been notified of this on your cruise ticket.
It’s been settled in past court cases that passenger tickets constitute a contract where you pay money in exchange for a pass to board the ship as its guest for a certain period of time. On that passenger ticket there will be language that works in the favor of the cruise line: the “forum selection” paragraph(s).
Regardless of whether or not you read this or you discussed and agreed to it, these forum selection clauses in cruise line passenger ticket wording will be respected in the courts. In the forum selection clause, the cruise ship passenger agrees to the “forum” chosen by the cruise line and this place will be where any lawsuit against the cruise line by the passenger must be filed.
For most cruise lines operating in Florida ports, the “forum selection” on the ticket is Miami, Florida. Which means that Florida residents as well as anyone living outside of Florida, if they want to sue for injuries sustained on a cruise ship, will have to become a party to a lawsuit filed in Miami courts.
Alan Sackrin is a Florida lawyer that welcomes working with other lawyers both in Florida as well as in other states or other countries as their local trial counsel in cruise ship litigation. Known to be an attorney that takes cases to trial and a board certified specialist (BCS) in civil trial law, Alan is ready and able to help cruise ship injury victims and their local lawyers in the pursuit of cruise line claims.
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The Florida Trial Lawyers at Sackrin & Tolchinsky help people who live in Florida as well as in other parts of the country and the world who have been hurt on cruise ships and need to file claims or law suits against cruise lines for the injuries they have sustained on a cruise ship.
Florida trial lawyer Alan Sackrin is a Board Certified trial specialist with over 30 years of courtroom and settlement negotiation experience. Alan routinely works with lawyers referring cases or acting as co-counsel on lawsuits that need courtroom work through trial to verdict or appeal and welcomes the chance to help cruise ship victims and their out of state or out of country lawyers get justice from cruise lines who are demanding cases proceed in a Miami court.
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