Accidents on Cruise Ships in Jamaica
Busy Ports of Jamaica
Nearly 1.5 million people disembark or board cruise ships in Jamaica each year, which makes Jamaica one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Caribbean. So popular, that the Jamaican government has plans to open its fifth large port, three of which already service cruise ships.
Originally, passenger ships to Jamaica arrived in the country’s bustling, capital city Kingston, but these days Port Kingston is restricted to cargo and industrial vessels. It is the port at Ocho Rios is the busiest port on the island (based on number of ships arriving), followed in popularity by the port at Montego Bay.
However, it is the newest port at Falmouth that had the most cruise ship visitors in recent years. In time, Falmouth is likely to become the country’s number one port. Unless, of course, a new port is built during the boom of cruise ship passengers to Jamaica.
Reasons to Visit Jamaica
Most people choose a cruise to Jamaica for the warm weather and stunning Caribbean beaches. What cruisers discover is Jamaica is filled with activities for people of all ages and interests, including golf courses, historical buildings, restaurants, and great nightlife. Whether docking for a few hours or a whole day, there is plenty to do in see.
What no one anticipates on a cruise to Jamaica is an accident or injury while aboard the cruise ship. Yet, incidents occur on all cruise lines. If you experience an accident or injury at the fault of cruise ship employees, maintenance, or management, you may have a personal injury claim.
Evaluating a Personal Injury Claim
Despite the frustration of an injury or accident, not every accident on a cruise ship leads to a viable personal injury claim. A lawyer experienced in cruise ship accidents, particularly experience with Caribbean cruise ship operators and passengers, can best evaluate a claim. These lawyers are also familiar with the CCTV footage or photographs that should be inspected before a cruise ship company can tamper with or conceal this important evidence.
Most of the major cruise lines require claims that result from these incidents to be filed in a specific United States jurisdiction; many of which, say in their booking contract that any passenger claim must be filed in the United States Federal Court in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
This jurisdictional condition applies no matter where the passenger is from and regardless of where the accident or injury occurred. This makes it imperative to hire a lawyer that is familiar with cruise ship personal injury cases in Southern Florida.
Contacting a Highly Competent Attorney
The attorneys here at Aronfeld Trial Lawyers have successfully represented people from all over the world in their lawsuits against cruise ship companies and operators. Our experience provides unique insight into the strength of a particular claim.
If you have been injured aboard a cruise ship in Jamaica, or other part of the Caribbean, and would like to take advantage of a free initial consultation, please contact our office via telephone at 1-866-597-4529, SKYPE, or email at [email protected].