When most of us purchase cruise ship tickets, we may glance at the contract enclosed on or with the ticket, but few of us will analyze its terms. However, those contract terms could become monumentally important in the event you are injured while on the cruise ship. As such, it is vital that you read the contract before you set sail on the cruise. This contract will provide you with much information concerning how, when, and where you can file in a claim if you are unfortunately injured or take seriously ill on the cruise ship.
The Miami cruise ship accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have considerable experience with cruise ship contracts. We understand how influential these contracts can be when filing suit for a cruise ship accident. We also know what terms within the contract are unlikely to be enforceable, which is of considerable value to injured passengers. Our extensive experience is vital to the success of the clients we represent, leading to their receipt of damages.
Where Your Claim Must Be Filed
One important clause within your cruise ticket is the location in which your claim must be filed. The cruise line generally dictates the forum or court in which you must file your action if you are injured aboard the ship. This location will be someplace convenient for the cruise line, but it could be someplace quite inconvenient for the passenger. For instance, Carnival, which has a large presence in Florida, requires claims be filed in Miami. While this is not a problem for a Miami resident, someone who was visiting from New York may find this venue quite inconvenient.
Traveling to and from court can be costly and time consuming. Accordingly, review the cruise contract’s choice of forum before setting sail. If you feel that the forum would pose a considerable problem if you were injured while cruising, you may wish to reconsider the cruise or contact the cruise line concerning the clause before you agreed to it.
Time to File
Your cruise contract will also provide a time limit within which you must file a claim if you are injured. The cruise industry does not provide you with much time. Generally, you will need to provide notice of a claim within six months and file within one year, but this does vary by cruise line. Check this clause before you sail so that you will have a full understanding as to your rights and responsibilities in the event of an accident. It is imperative that you not miss this time limit as doing so could void your right to seek compensation.
Contact the Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Today For Your Free Consultation!
Cruise ships are intended to be a place of fun and relaxation, but occasionally accidents occur and passengers become injured. If you or a loved one has been injured aboard a cruise ship, contact the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano. Our outstanding cruise ship accident attorneys will diligently fight for your full recovery. We have over 130 collective years of experience representing cruise ship accident victims across South Florida and will put our considerable experience to work for you. Contact our firm as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. Our firm is proud to have received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and is ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.