Los Angeles is a city of glitz, glamour, and, of course, cruise ships. If the cruise industry is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of L.A., you are not alone. However, the City of Angels is one of the most popular places in the United States for passenger ships.
Filing a Claim for a Los Angeles Cruise Injury
Filing a claim for a Los Angeles cruise injury is complex process that requires the help of an experienced maritime injury attorney, and in most cases one located in Miami, FL, as most of the cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, Celebrity, MSC, etc. are headquartered here in Miami. Hidden in the fine print of your passenger ticket is the requirement for all claims against these cruise lines to be filed in Federal Court in Miami, FL.
Cruise ships are actually able to dock at two different ports in Los Angeles. The first is the World Cruise Center. This port welcomes over 1 million cruise passengers every, single year. People from around the world embark on cruise ships from Azmara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Lines, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and head for many different destinations.
So many of these passengers are foreigners, yet due to requirements imposed by the cruise ship companies, anyone who is injured as a result of the cruise company’s negligence must file a claim in the United States District Court in Miami, Florida.
The second port in L.A. is the Port of Long Beach. The Carnival Cruise Lines dominate the piers in the Port of Long Beach, and primarily set off for places in Mexico or Hawaii. However, the same jurisdictional requirements apply, and these passengers must file suits in Miami.
This legal requirement shocks a lot of passengers. Initially, there seems to be no relationship between an accident aboard a cruise ship in Los Angeles and the city of Miami. However, it is a contractual agreement that must be followed for a successful lawsuit.
Despite the roadblocks cruise companies place on potential plaintiffs, these companies should be held accountable for any negligence that results in injury. With 25 years of experience in Southern Florida, and much time dedicated to cruise accident cases, our firm is uniquely prepared to handle your case.
It is important to keep in mind that cruise companies are only required to compensate injured passengers whose accident occurred due to negligence or carelessness of the company. Often, legal expertise and prior experience is necessary to determine if the facts and circumstances of your situation amount to a viable claim. Through our free initial consultation our firm can evaluate the viability of your claim.
As well, proper legal representation could be the difference between recovering the costs of your doctor visits, lost wages, and other costs directly related to an injury, or paying these expenses out of pocket. Call us at 1-866-597-4529 or email us at [email protected] today to schedule a confidential conversation with our office.