Do You Need Representation After a Cruise Ship Injury?

Cruise Ship Accident

Do You Need Representation After a Cruise Ship Injury?

Connect with an experienced lawyer who can get you the compensation you need after suffering a cruise ship injury.

Do You Understand Cruise Ship Injuries?

Cruise ships should be a relaxing, unique experience away from your home. While most vacations occur without incident, accidents happen.

How Do You Determine Liability?

Several factors determine liability for injuries that occur on a cruise ship where you would want a lawyer. This includes international treaties, state and federal statutes that govern maritime laws, and United Nations agreements.

Your home country and the incident location may factor into the liability decision. You may not have much time to take legal action for your sustained injuries. You need to send written notice of your intention to seek damages within six months of your injury. Although, this will depend on the most recent statute of limitations.

When you purchase a ticket to set sail on a cruise ship, literature included in the “contract of carriage” could limit your rights as a victim. Additionally, you may need to contend with the laws of other jurisdictions. This is the case even if you and the cruise line are based in the U.S.

What If You Are a Cruise Ship Employee?

Many of the same factors that determine liability for a cruise ship passenger also determine the liability of a workplace injury on a cruise ship.

Your employment contract may also include information that dictates your rights in this situation. A lawyer experienced with workplace injuries and maritime law can help you understand your rights as a worker and aid you in building a case to get the compensation you deserve.

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Why Should You Hire a Lawyer After a Cruise Ship Injury?

If you sustain an injury while on a cruise ship, it is vital that you hire an experienced lawyer to represent you in the matter. Because you have less time to file a claim for damages after a cruise ship accident, you must reach out to an experienced legal advocate as soon as possible.

As with any injury case, your chances of getting the compensation you seek begin with building a strong case to support your claims. You must provide a detailed account of the accident, medical records, medical bills and as much detailed information about the incident as possible. Your attorney can advise you and help you gather exactly what you need. You want to stand the best chance of proving your case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Your attorney may also gather additional evidence to boost your chances of success. This could include items such as footage from security cameras and eyewitness accounts of the accident.

Your attorney may anticipate the defense’s actions during proceedings. Typically, lawyers attempt to negotiate a settlement to secure damages plaintiffs need to cover their medical costs and any other general damages, such as time off work, amputation and loss of income. If you and your legal advocate cannot settle out of court, your attorney argues your case to the judge.

These injuries typically occur on a ship in international waters. The case instantly becomes more complex than it would be if the accident occurred on U.S. soil. Your lawyer can help you navigate the intricacies of your cruise ship injury case and help you secure the settlement you need and deserve.

What If the Cruise Line Offers You a Settlement?

The cruise line or an insurance company may approach you with a settlement offer. If this happens, always consult with an attorney before you accept the terms of the settlement. At first, the offer may seem like a substantial amount of money. However, it may not take into account your future needs and rights to all compensation.

An attorney can evaluate the settlement offer and advise you on whether you should accept it or continue to pursue other damages.

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