Cruise ship accidents can occur from slipping, tripping or falling on wet or improperly maintained surfaces. We recommend that if you are injured aboard a cruise ship you seek immediate medical attention, photograph the scene of the incident, particularly including what caused you to fall, and keep a detailed record of the names of any witnesses and crew that may have seen your accident and who come into contact with you. Also it is essential that you keep a copy of your cruise ship ticket also known as a contract of carriage as many cruise lines require it be attached to a complaint for a personal injury on a cruise.
Traveling by cruise ship has become one of the most popular ways to see the world. Regrettably, many cruise ship passengers don’t realize that hidden deep in the fine print of their cruise ship ticket is language worded to confuse them about how to sue the cruise line should they find themselves in an unfortunate situation. Most cruise lines—such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian, Disney, etc.—require that injured passengers file suit in Miami, Florida, regardless of where their accidents took place. That stipulation is due in part to the fact that the major cruise lines are headquartered right here in Miami. Your cruise ship injury may have happened in Costa Maya, Mexico, or even Ireland; regardless of the location, you’ll want to contact an experienced Miami cruise ship injury lawyer to begin investigating your case immediately. Maritime law requires that you file your claim in Federal court within one year of the date of your accident.