We believe the most important legal obstacle injured passengers face in making claims against Seabourn Cruise Line is preserving their legal rights by filing their claims in a timely fashion in the United States Federal Court in Washington State. Seabourn, like most international cruise lines, requires that passenger injury lawsuits be filed within one year of the date of incident, making each passenger injury lawsuit, so to speak, a “federal case.”
It is very important to understand that not every fall or injury results in a bona fide claim. Simply because someone gets hurt on a cruise ship, it is necessarily the cruise line’s fault. Understanding the significance of a simple accident and a meritorious legal claim is crucial, and we pride ourselves in knowing the difference.
We advise anyone who has been involved in an accident while on a cruise to consult immediately with a qualified and experienced maritime lawyer. The longer one waits to consult an attorney, the more negative the effect when it comes to compiling significant evidence—such as CCTV footage of the incident, maritime data regarding the wind and wave conditions, and the names of witnesses and crew members. Therefore, the sooner a claim can be received, the greater the chance for a beneficial result for the plaintiff. We have seen cases handled by other firms be dismissed because they were filed beyond the one-year statute, in the wrong jurisdiction or venue.
Although we file a variety of passenger injury lawsuits against Seabourn, we believe any accident claims must be practical, and we do not take cases that we do not think should be filed. The most common cases against Seabourn involve people who have slipped or tripped while in their cabins or on the pool deck. These accidents can lead to injuries ranging from broken arms and legs to the more severe head, neck, and brain injuries that often result in lost wages, astronomical medical expenses, and the obvious pain and suffering.
Seabourn is owned and operated by Carnival Corporation, one of the largest and most successful cruise lines in the world. Carnival Corporation’s fleet of 100 cruise ships accommodates 8.5 million guests a year. The Seabourn fleet consists of four ships that are all flagged and registered in the Bahamas. Seabourn is based in Washington State and operates out of Carnival’s Holland America offices, having relocated from Miami, where Carnival maintains its world headquarters.
If you have been injured while on a Seabourn cruise, in port, on an excursion, in the terminal, on a tender boat or gangway, contact our office today and speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who knows how to hold the cruise line accountable for your medical expenses, time lost from work, transportation costs, loss of enjoyment of your cruise, and pain and suffering. Call us today, toll-free at 1-866-597-4529, locally at 305-441-0440, or reach us by email at [email protected] or Skype. We are ready to help you recover from your cruise accident and receive the compensation you deserve for your injury.