Nobody expects to get hurt during their cruise vacation. Out of the many vacation options available, many people choose to spend their money on cruises because of the expectation of safety on the cruise ship, yet each year many people are injured or killed in cruise ship accidents resulting from the cruise line’s negligence. Some of the most common causes of injury involving cruise ship passengers are:

  • Inadequate security
  • Failure to maintain the cruise ship in a reasonably safe condition
  • Failure to adhere to recognized policies and procedures

If you have been injured as the result of the cruise company’s negligence, there are five things you should do:

  1. You should immediately report your injury to the ship’s crew and report to the ship’s medical center to be evaluated;
  2. If possible, take photographs of the condition(s) that caused your injury. Do not rely on the ship’s crew to take photos. They are often instructed to remedy the condition(s) that caused your injury and then take photographs of the area after the situation has been remedied. Needless to say, these photos will not help you in your claim against the cruise line;
  3. Be very careful when you complete your Guest Injury Statement. This form has been designed by the cruise company’s legal counsel to prompt you to provide answers that may hurt your case against the cruise line;
  4. Contact a cruise accident attorney as soon as possible. By contacting a personal injury lawyer, you will obtain a free case evaluation and learn more about your rights. There is no commitment or legal relationship formed by this free consultation;
  5. Within one year from the date of your accident, file your case. Many cruise lines strip you of your normal legal rights when you agree to their ticket contract. Even though you may have never signed or been provided with the ticket contract, the cruise line will often argue your implied consent by agreeing to vacation on the ship. Some of the most important rights that are changed by the ticket contract is the statute of limitations. In Florida, negligence cases are subject to a four-year statute of limitations. This means that you would have four years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. However, pursuant to the cruise ticket contract, you will often be required to file a lawsuit against the cruise line in federal court in Florida within one year from the date of your cruise accident. Please visit our Forum Selection Clause and Statute of Limitations pages for more information.

If you were injured during your cruise vacation, feel free to call our firm to learn more about your rights and the unique legal issues involved in your maritime case. We have experience handling cases against the following cruise lines:

  • Carnival Corporation
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Celebrity
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Holland America Line
  • Celebration Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas

Submit the contact form below and a personal injury attorney will contact you to discuss your potential cruise accident case. Otherwise, feel free to call us at any time at (888) 216-8699. We are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to provide you with information and to discuss your potential cruise accident case.