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
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.
Contact Kelley/Uustal today.