If you have been injured on a cruise ship and are thinking about filing a personal injury claim, there are a number of ways you could have been injured. The most common are slips and falls or trip and falls. In addition, you should know is that cruise ship companies are very specific about where you need to file your claim. The cruise ship contract that you sign when you purchase your ticket contains a section called ‘the forum selection clause’ that states where your claim must be filed.
WHERE AND WHEN TO FILE YOUR CRUISE SHIP ACCIDENT CLAIM
The situation is complex because you might book your cruise through a company in California, then board the cruise ship in Miami, but subsequently experience an injury while travelling through international waters near Cancun, Mexico. Nonetheless the cruise ship company reserves the right to explicitly specify where your personal injury claim must be filed—which more often than not is in a federal court located in Miami, Florida.
Timeliness of your claim is also important as many cruise ship contracts contain specific provisions stating that an injured passenger must notify the company of their intent to sue for personal injuries within a set amount of time, such as six months. The statute of limitations for cruise ship personal injury cases is also relatively short, often times only up to one year from the date of the incident.
These complex factors add up to the importance of contacting a qualified cruise ship personal injury lawyer who can help you file your claim.
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HOW THE JACKMAN LAW FIRM CAN HELP
Due to the complex nature of cruise ship personal injury claims, it is highly advisable to consult an experienced attorney who can assist you with your claim. The Jackman Law Firm has the experience, knowledge, and resources to make your case as strong as possible against the cruise line. The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover the following:
- Money for lost wages
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for medical bills
- Money for out of pocket expenses
- Money for your spouse, if applicable
These damages must be proven, but The Jackman Law Firm can help you prove them and show the cruise ship, and their insurance carrier, that you have a serious, life-altering injury because of their negligence. The Jackman Law Firm has been in a position many times to properly negotiate a fair settlement for your case and help you achieve the kind of justice that you deserve. Feel free to call for a free consultation to discuss your case.