Being hurt while on a cruise vacation is one of the worst experiences a cruise passenger can experience. Whether your injury was caused by a slip or trip and fall accident or medical negligence, if the accident wasn’t your fault, you may be wondering how you can get the cruise company to promptly address your economic and non-economic damages. In today’s post, we’ll review why contacting an experienced cruise accident lawyer is essential to obtaining the best possible outcome on your injury case and how you can go about hiring one.
Cruise accident lawyer Michael T. Flanagan specializes in helping injured cruise passengers recover from the negligent cruise lines, and he has obtained multi-million dollar settlements for many of his clients. To request a free case evaluation, contact the Flanagan Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Law Firm at (888) 216-8699 today.
Specialized Experience and Knowledge
When you are injured in a cruise accident and determine that you need legal representation, it can be very tempting to contact a personal injury attorney that your friends or family members have worked with in the past for car accident injuries or worker’s compensation claims. While the basic standards of negligence remain the same between your typical personal injury case and a cruise injury case, the similarities stop there as maritime law and the other specific regulations that apply to cruise law are expansive and complex. Additionally, an experienced cruise accident lawyer will be well-versed in the verbiage of the major cruise line’s ticket contracts and lawsuit filing requirements, ensuring competent representation.
Detailed Ticket Contracts
As a passenger on a cruise ship, you are likely subject to a type of contract that is commonly referred to as a “ticket contract.” Whether you know it or not, you entered into this contract and agreed to its terms when you purchased your tickets. These fine-lined contracts can be anywhere from 5,000 to 8,000 words long, and they typically favor the cruise line. Some of the passenger rights that are restricted by the terms of these contracts include certain privacy privileges, your ability to be fully reimbursed for lost or stolen luggage, and the right to sue the cruise line when and where you want to. In fact, these ticket contracts significantly impact the statute of limitations for cruise injury claims and the lawsuit filing requirements.
- Statute of limitations: A statute of limitations defines the time constraints you have to bring certain kinds of legal action against another party. In a typical injury case, the statute of limitations is usually three years from the date of the injury – meaning that you have three years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit. However, the verbiage of many cruise ticket contracts dramatically shortens this time period to only one year, limiting your window of opportunity for filing a lawsuit against the cruise line to be compensated for your pain and suffering.
- Forum selection clause: When you choose to file a lawsuit against a person or entity, you usually can choose where to file your lawsuit. This is not the case when filing a lawsuit against a cruise line because most cruise ticket contracts specify that if you are to take legal action against a cruise line, the suit must be filed in the United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida. This means that, regardless of whether you live in Florida or not, your legal proceedings will take place here.
Contacting an experienced cruise accident lawyer as soon as possible will ensure that your case is presented to the courts in a timely manner and that any legal proceedings are filed through the proper venue.
Miami Cruise Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured while on a cruise ship, don’t settle for general personal injury representation. You deserve the benefit of an experienced, knowledgeable cruise accident lawyer. Michael T. Flanagan will fight for you, and he will fight for justice. Contact our office today to request your free case evaluation.