It is common for many people to laugh-off the use of “legalese” and the implications that it has for their rights and interests, but forum selection clauses are one thing that people should consider carefully. Many of these provisions exist on the back of cruise ship passenger tickets or on associated documents. These clauses often get overlooked, but they can severely limit a person’s ability to bring a lawsuit against a cruise line after an injury.
Cruise accident victims may be surprised how difficult it is to get compensation for the harm that they suffered while on a cruise vacation. This complexity is part of the design of the cruise industry, which combine foreign registrations, maritime law restrictions, and draconian legalities to limit a person’s rights. The skilled Miami cruise injury attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in breaking through the legal barriers in order to get our clients the compensation that they deserve.
Forum selection clauses limit the courthouses in which a legal claim may be brought. These binding legal terms are included as part of the cruise ship paperwork. Essentially, by going on the cruise, the passenger is agreeing to the terms presented as part of the ticket purchase. It usually is combined with a restrictive statute of limitations that mandates that any legal action must be brought within a short period of time, often one year. This applies regardless of what the law of the state in which the action is to be brought states.