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Accidents on Cruise Ships in Florida

Compensation for Injuries & Damages

Accidents of all types occur on cruise ships and if you are a passenger heading out of a South Florida port, it's important to be aware of the potential hazards as well as your legal rights and remedies before you even board the vessel.

Lawsuits are based on the provisions contained within your passage ticket. Be sure to read your ticket contract. You need to be aware if you are injured on a ship leaving a Florida port, you should file any lawsuit in the Florida courts. Moreover, many ticket contracts have notice of filing provisions which can be a short as six months post-injury.

Common accidents on cruise ships include:

  • Slip-and-falls, leading to significant injury
  • Faulty equipment, including gym/exercise and recreational equipment
  • Pool side accidents, including drowning
  • Assault (sexual or other) by crew member or other passenger
  • Food poisoning, Legionnaire's disease, and other viruses caused by lack of cleaning/sterilization or sanitation
  • Medical malpractice/delay in care - by ship's doctor & medical staff
  • Any injuries one might experience while on an excursion or other stops on land in ports of call, such as jet-ski or moped accidents.

All of these injuries, and the remedies to them, are governed by the passenger ticket, so make sure to review and preserve the ticket in case of any injury.

After an Accident, Contact Kelley/Uustal

In a cruise ship slip and fall or any other accident involving personal injury it is important to document the condition. Take photographs of the area where the incident occurred and get the names of witnesses and crew personnel that may have observed the accident. This is especially critical in cruise ship injuries because once passengers or crew members leave the ship, it may be difficult to find or locate them as they are often from many different countries. Be sure to keep a copy of all incident forms your sign or complete.

The next step is to contact a skillful, trusted attorney as soon as possible upon your return home. At Kelley/Uustal have experience with cruise ship claims and know exactly how to deal with cruise lines and insurance companies and how to file suit should that become necessary. If you live out of state, have your local attorney contact us. We will be happy to act as local counsel.

Remember, your ticket provisions will govern the timing and venue for filing a lawsuit. Make sure you know when those deadlines are and file accordingly. No matter what they say, cruise lines and insurance companies may act as if they are interested in your welfare, but they are usually interested in their bottom lines. A skilled attorney can hold the negligent party or parties responsible and ensure you are compensated for your injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one.

Speak with an injury attorney in Fort Lauderdale about your case.
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