Cruising is a lot of fun for most passengers, but accidents do happen. The major cruise lines try to limit their legal responsibility to pay passengers money damages if they cause or contribute to any injuries. Most passenger contracts have provisions which contain these limitations. Here are some common limitations:
- Notice of the claim must be made within 6 months
- A lawsuit must be filed within 1 year
- The Court where the lawsuit must be brought is specified in the contract; i.e. US District Court in the Southern District of Florida – Miami Division
Nearly every cruise line has these limitations in your passenger contract. The limitations may also apply regardless of where in the world the injury occurred. For example, Carnival Cruises generally requires that all claims be brought in Miami in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. This means that if a passenger leaves a port in California and gets hurt on the Carnival ship, they may have to bring the claim in Miami.
If the limitations in the passenger contract are not followed, a Court may dismiss the case and determine that the claim is barred forever. It is important to speak with a cruise accident attorney to determine if you have a claim.
Our law firm is based in Florida and can handle passenger injury claims against Carnival Corporation (Carnival Cruise Lines), Royal Caribbean, Norweigan Cruise Lines (NCL), Disney Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Discovery Cruises.
If you were injured while on a cruise, you may be entitled to money damages for your pain and suffering, loss of the cruise value, transportation expenses, medical bills and other damages. Please feel free to call our Florida Cruise Injury Lawyers at (888) 99-VICTIM. That’s (888) 998-4284.