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Blast on Royal Carribean’s Independence of the Seas

June 2, 2011

MSNBC reports that several passengers were injured when a fuel tank exploded in the port of Gilbraltar. Cynthia Martinez, a representative Royal Carribean International, stated that the explosion occurred arou-nd 3:37 pm. 12 passengers that were onboard when the explosion occurred suffered injuries such as burns, abrasions, and a dislocated finger. Two passengers who were onshore were also injured. According to The Hibraltar Chronicle, one of them was seriously injured. The cruise ship did not appear to have any significant damage and is now sailing to it’s next port of call, Cannes France.

Many of the major cruise ship lines such as Royal Carribean are based out of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. It is important to be aware of the limitations and releases of liability contained in your cruise ship ticket. One of the most stringent ticket limitations defines where and when you can bring a claim if you are injured while on a cruise. Federal Courts have upheld such clauses as valid. You may be surprised to learn that where you can bring a lawsuit for injuries suffered on a cruise, has nothing to do with where you live, where the cruise originated, or even where the injury occurred.

For more information about a cruise ship injury and advice about an accident claim, contact cruise ship accident lawyer Joseph M. Maus. Mr. Maus offers a free, no obligation consultation to answer your questions and let you know if you have a claim against your cruise line. He is an experienced cruise ship injury claims lawyer who has handled 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. Mr. Maus is an AV rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell, the highest legal ability rating awarded, and the highest ethical rating awarded to attorneys.

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