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Information on cruise ship accident claim and statutes of limitations

cruise ship at sunset in oceanIn most countries of the world, there is a deadline placed on the time within which one must file a legitimate complaint in order to protect legal right or hope for compensation after a personal injury. Deadlines vary in different states and most especially depend on the type of legal claim. The legal term for this deadline is "statute of limitation."

In case you are planning to bring legal action against a cruise company after the occurrence of a cruise ship accident that leads to personal injury, the nature of your agreement with the cruise company determines the timeframe within which your claim must be filed. The contract is the ticket that you accepted during purchase. Such a contract helps to reduce the statute of limitations set by state law. For example, in Florida, the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit after a personal injury occurs due to lack of concentration or negligence is four years. However, in most cases, your cruise ticket might limit you to file a suit within one year – and you must do so or stand the risk of losing your right to file a lawsuit against the cruise line. These clauses are usually upheld in all courts.

“Notice Requirement” Following cruise line personal injuries

When setting a specific deadline within which a passenger must adhere to file a lawsuit against a cruise line, the cruise ticket may also include a “notice requirement”. These notice requirements show how the cruise line needs you – or your lawyer to inform the cruise line company on your intention to file a lawsuit against the cruise line. Note that you must perform this notification before you can file a lawsuit, and the notice must be filed within a short period--usually a month after the occurrence of the incident.

Seek Immediate Legal Help After A Cruise Line Personal Injury

You should immediately seek legal help after a cruise injury occurred because a cruise line accident has a time limitation clause in filing lawsuits. It is crucial to find professional and experienced legal advice immediately after a cruise injury occurs. In most cases, victims may not want to wait until they contact a lawyer. Even while they are still aboard the ship, a professional injury attorney with extensive experience in cruise ship injury cases can provide a victim with sound advice on how to prepare, preserve and present evidence to those representing the cruise line.

 Common Cruise Ship Personal Injuries

  • Broken arms / broken legs
  • Hand injuries / broken fingers
  • Slips and fall accidents
  • Shower accidents
  • Knee injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Concussion and head injuries
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Back and herniated disk injuries
  • Norovirus
  • Physical assault and battery
  • Sexual assaults
  • Sexual harassment
  • Rape
  • Passengers overboard
  • Accidental death
  • Food poisoning
  • Infections
  • Medical malpractice
  • Injuries related to weather
  • Mechanical failures
  • Criminal behavior
  • Theft of valuables or identity
  • Cruise excursion accidents

Free consultation for cruise ship personal injuries at The Injury Firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 954-951-0000.

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