Each year almost 12 million passengers travel on commercial cruise vessels worldwide. There are about 200 overnight ocean-going cruise ships, several of which depart from South and Central Florida. Each of those ships typically carries about 2,000 passengers with about 950 employees.
Passengers aboard cruise ships often do not realize how vulnerable they are to accidents, although thousands of people are injured each year. Accidents and deaths at sea are handled differently from on-land personal injury cases and they often are more complex.
The laws governing cruise ship litigation at times can be complicated and challenging because it involves a mixture of federal, state and international agencies. If you are injured in a cruise ship accident it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately.
James Coulter, the cruise ship accident attorney of The Law Offices of James B. Coulter will fight for the best possible outcome in your case. The legal team at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter understands the severity of accidents at sea and will act quickly on your case. Call (321) 586-9944 for a case consultation.
Accidents and sicknesses on cruise ships have dominated national news in recent years. In some cases, accidents on cruise ships could be as simple as falling. In other instances, it could include injuries sustained during activities related to the cruise vacation. Some examples of accidents include:
Complications may arise after an incident if the person who was harmed does not have access to proper medical care. Sometimes the person cannot be treated on the ship and the condition can worsen. The ship may dock in search of medical care, but depending on the situation and location, there may not be trained physicians available.
Cruise ship companies often include a forum selection clause and a choice of law clause on their tickets. These are typically printed in small type on the back of the ticket, and they specify the state where a passenger may sue the cruise line, which typically is where the company is based. It also outlines the law that will be applied in such case.
The rules on the ticket act as a contract between a passenger and a cruise line. If they are not followed it may result in a court refusing to hear the suit. A passenger may object to the suit being heard in a court far from his or her home state; however, such challenges typically do not work.
Florida law has a one-year statute of limitations, meaning the claim must be filed within one year after the accident. It is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the incident. James Coulter of The Law Offices of James B. Coulter will work quickly to pursue your case.
If you have been injured on a cruise ship, it is important you seek medical care immediately and report the incident. Cruise lines often defend cases based upon a “lack of reported incident.” It is important to have documentation of the incident if you seek damages.
Because cruise ship cases can be complicated, you should contact a personal injury attorney. An attorney can make the difference in your case and can help you get monetary compensation for medical bills, physical therapy bills or loss wages.
Suing a cruise ship may be more complex than suing another person. It may involve several different areas of law, including tort and maritime law. You need an experienced cruise ship accident attorney on your case. Call The Law Offices of James B. Coulter at (321) 586-9944 to schedule a free case consultation.