What To Look For In a Florida Cruise Ship Injury Attorney

April 14, 2010

From the moment you book a cruise, your head is filled with visions of the good times ahead. Images of sun, fun, relaxing, and shore excursions in exotic ports will get you through the time between booking and departure. The one thing most people never envision when daydreaming about their vacation, however, is an injury, but accidents happen all the time on cruise ships! Just a second of inattention or a sudden roll of the waves and you could be hurt by simply walking around on board the ship, not to mention the accidents that can occur while on shore excursions.

In the case of accidents, the cruise lines have many restrictions about how a cruise ship injury should be handled. You’ve probably never noticed the seven to ten pages worth of restrictions that come with your cruise ship tickets, or the limitations and requirements that someone must follow if they are involved in a cruise ship accident or injury.  Often, people think they can handle their injury claim by themselves, but unless you are someone who is very familiar with various state, federal and maritime laws that may apply in cruise ship accident claims, it is extremely easy to lose your rights to make a claim. 

If you are involved in an injury or accident while on your cruise, do yourself a favor and hire an experienced Florida cruise ship injury attorney. Not just any attorney will do either, due to the aforementioned complex laws that apply to cruise ship accident claims.

Be sure to:

  • Hang on to your cruise ship ticket after your injury! It provides details on some of the "special requirements" that govern your cruise and cruise ship accident, and your attorney will need it.
  • Ask your prospective Florida cruise ship injury attorney if they are familiar with Maritime and Admiralty laws as these laws may be controlling in a cruise ship injury case.
  • Ask the attorney what results they have gotten from their cruise ship injury cases: results speak for themselves.
  • Ask the attorney if they are admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.  Many cruise ship ticket contracts require that the claim be brought in Florida’s Federal Court in Miami.
  • Ask your prospective Florida cruise ship injury attorney if they are AV-rated – this is the highest legal ability and ethics rating awarded to attorneys.

What should an experienced Florida cruise ship injury attorney be familiar with regarding injuries and accidents on cruise ships? They should know about: 

    • The one year Statute of Limitations in most cruise ship accident cases.
    • The typical provision that requires most claims to be brought in Federal Court in South Florida.
    • Any pre-suit notice requirements.
    • The provisions required by passenger tickets.
    • Any jurisdictional issues depending on whether the ship is in territorial waters.

So, dream away about that upcoming vacation, but don’t take chances with a claim should you be injured while on your cruise. Make sure you have an experienced Florida cruise ship injury attorney on your side.

For more information, contact cruise ship accident lawyer Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529 or email him today. Mr. Maus provides a free, no obligation consultation to answer your questions and help you determine if you have a claim against your cruise line. He is an experienced Florida cruise ship injury attorney who has handled thousands of claims ranging from slip and trip and falls, sexual assault, cruise ship viruses and violations of safety and cleanliness standards, injuries during onshore excursions, and many other types of claims which are related to cruise ships.   His office handles claims on a contingent basis which means there are no attorney’s fees charged unless a recovery is made on your behalf. Mr. Maus is licensed to practice throughout the State of Florida, in the Southern and Middle Districts of the United States District Court, and is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court and is an “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest legal ability rating awarded, and the highest ethical rating awarded to attorneys.

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