5 Things To Do If You Were Hurt on a Cruise
When you’ve been injured in an accident, it can be challenging to think about anything but your pain and inconvenience. This is especially true if you are hurt while on a cruise and your vacation comes to an abrupt end. However, if you believe your injury resulted from the negligence of a crew member or the cruise line itself, there are a few things that should be done as soon as possible to document your injury. Taking the following actions will be beneficial in the event you have to bring legal action against the responsible party or entity.
- Immediately report your injury to the ship’s crew and the proper authorities.
- Photograph the scene of the accident before any cleanup or other crew actions are taken.
- Report to the ship’s medical facility for an examination and medical treatment.
- Contact a personal injury law firm that specializes in maritime law.
- File your case within one year from the date of your accident and injury.
When you purchase your cruise ticket, you are entering into a ticket contract with the cruise line. This ticket contract will contain details pertinent to how, when, and where you must present injury claims or other disputes to the cruise line. Unfortunately, many passengers are not provided a copy of the contract, increasing the likelihood for them to miss the statute of limitations and be unaware of the forum selection clause. Hiring the right cruise injury attorney is crucial to properly filing your case.
At Flanagan Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Law Firm, P.A., we specialize in handling cruise injury cases and are well-versed in maritime law. With experience handling cases against seven major cruise lines, Michael T. Flanagan has the knowledge and the skills necessary to aggressively represent your case against the major cruise lines in federal court.
For your free case evaluation, contact our firm today at (305) 638-4143.