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A Cruise Ship Injury Can Happen At Any Time – On Land Or At Sea

March 22, 2010

It’s cold and dreary out and most of us are starting to think about taking a vacation to a warmer climate. In many cases, this means we’re busy perusing cruise brochures and dreaming of romantic getaways to exotic places. More than four million people cruise annually and with such a large number of passengers on these floating hotels, it is no wonder that accidents and injuries occur frequently. Due to the size of ships today and the many activities they offer, and the thousands of passengers traveling on each ship, you will most likely encounter some potentially dangerous conditions while on your cruise. Some of the most dangerous conditions that can result in a cruise ship injury actually occur on ship-sponsored excursions in foreign countries.

Cruisejunkie.com is a website that reports on various cruise ship accidents that take place every year. Their website reports that 40 accidents occurred on just ONE cruise line in 2009 alone. A sampling of these accidents reported by Cruisejunkie.com show the accidents range from on-board accidents, to on-shore car accidents.

  • The Carnival Lines’ Legend‘s ship-sponsored shore excursion to the San Gervasio ruins outside of Cozumel culminating in a head-on collision between two jeeps in November, 2009. Because both jeeps were overloaded, some of the cruise passengers were hurled from the vehicles while others remained twisted in the wreckage.
  • The Royal Caribbean Lines’ Freedom of the Seas lost a passenger in Cozumel in April, 2009 when the man fell overboard from a ship’s shuttle that was docking in Cozumel. The ship was maneuvering to dock at the pier when the passenger was thrown overboard and was sucked into the engine turbine, severing several body parts.
  • The Royal Caribbean Lines’ Freedom of the Seas was involved in another shore-excursion accident in July, 2009. In this case, 30 of the 47 cruise ship passengers on an amphibious tour bus were injured when it veered off a road during a shore excursion in the US Virgin Islands.
  • The Celebrity Cruises’ Summit had sixteen passengers injured when their bus apparently lost control in Dominica and drove into a ditch while it was returning to the ship from a shore excursion. The passengers sustained injuries, including broken bones, bumps, bruises and lacerations, however, three people were more seriously injured.
  • The Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Majesty had an onboard incident which was reported by a passenger: “On March 20th at approximately 14:45 off the coast of Jacksonville, FL, following a boom or rumble like sound, large chunks of rusty iron matter jettisoned out from ship’s funnel raining down on guests on aft sundecks 10 & 8. This was followed by a spray of an oily substance and black soot that showered the entire aft section. Passengers were literally coated with this residue permanently damaging clothing and personal belongings. Crew members who witnessed just pointed and laughed.”

Your cruise ship injury attorney should be experienced with both State and Federal laws that may apply to your accident claim. Cruise ship accident claims, whether occurring on-board, or during an on-shore excursion, can be governed by State, Federal or Maritime laws and it is critical to identify which laws control your accident case. One important distinction for cruise ship accident claims involves the Statute of Limitations for on-board accident claims. Most Cruise Ship companies have a clause in the terms and condtions of its ticket which requires an accident claim to be brought within one year of the date of the accident, and in a specific court. For instance, Carnival Cruise Lines requires claims for on-board accidents to be brought in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Miami).

For more information about a cruise ship injury and advice about an accident claim, contact cruise ship accident lawyer Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529 or email him today. 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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A Cruise Ship Injury Can Happen At Any Time – On Land Or At Sea

February 1, 2010

It’s cold and dreary out and most of us are starting to think about taking a vacation to a warmer climate. In many cases, this means we’re busy perusing cruise brochures and dreaming of romantic getaways to exotic places. More than four million people cruise annually and with such a large number of passengers on these floating hotels, it is no wonder that accidents and injuries occur frequently. Due to the size of ships today and the many activities they offer, and the thousands of passengers traveling on each ship, you will most likely encounter some potentially dangerous conditions while on your cruise.  Some of the most dangerous conditions that can result in a cruise ship injury actually occur on ship-sponsored excursions in foreign countries.

Cruisejunkie.com is a website that reports on various cruise ship accidents that take place every year.  Their website reports that 40 accidents occurred on just ONE cruise line in 2009 alone.  A sampling of these accidents reported by Cruisejunkie.com show the accidents range from on-board accidents, to on-shore car accidents.

  • The Carnival Lines’ Legend‘s ship-sponsored shore excursion to the San Gervasio ruins outside of Cozumal culminating in a head-on collision between two jeeps in November, 2009. Because both jeeps were overloaded, some of the cruise passengers were hurled from the vehicles while others remained twisted in the wreckage.
  • The Royal Caribbean Lines’ Freedom of the Seas lost a passenger in Cozumel in April, 2009 when the man fell overboard from a ship’s shuttle that was docking in Cozumel. The ship was maneuvering to dock at the pier when the passenger was thrown overboard and was sucked into the engine turbine, severing several body parts.
  • The Royal Caribbean Lines’ Freedom of the Seas was involved in another shore-excursion accident in July, 2009. In this case, 30 of the 47 cruise ship passengers on an amphibious tour bus were injured when it veered off a road during a shore excursion in the US Virgin Islands.
  • The Celebrity Cruises’ Summit had sixteen passengers injured when their bus apparently lost control in Dominica and drove into a ditch while it was returning to  the ship from a shore excursion. The passengers sustained injuries, including broken bones, bumps,  bruises and lacerations, however, three people were more seriously injured.
  • The Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Majesty had an onboard incident which was reported by a passenger: "On March 20th at approximately 14:45 off the coast of Jacksonville, FL, following a boom or rumble like sound, large chunks of rusty iron matter jettisoned out from ship’s funnel raining down on guests on aft sundecks 10 & 8. This was followed by a spray of an oily substance and black soot that showered the entire aft section. Passengers were literally coated with this residue permanently damaging clothing and personal belongings. Crew members who witnessed just pointed and laughed."

Your cruise ship injury attorney should be experienced with both State and Federal laws that may apply to your accident claim.  Cruise ship accident claims, whether occurring on-board, or during an on-shore excursion, can be governed by State, Federal or Maritime laws and it is critical to identify which laws control your accident case.  One important distinction for cruise ship accident claims involves the Statute of Limitations for on-board accident claims.  Most Cruise Ship companies have a clause in the terms and condtions of its ticket which requires an accident claim to be brought within one year of the date of the accident, and in a specific court.  For instance, Carnival Cruise Lines requires claims for on-board accidents to be brought in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Miami).

For more information about a cruise ship injury and advice about an accident claim, contact cruise ship accident lawyer Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529 or email him today. 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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Tips For Minimizing Your Chances Of Being Injured In Cruise Ship Accidents

October 8, 2009

The summer vacation season of 2009 is wrapping up, but there are those out there who are still waiting to sail off into the sunset with a loved one on a cruise vacation. With the recent downturn in the economy, the cruise industry has recently been offering great rates to passengers. Because of this, many people have postponed their summer vacation to take advantage of these relaxing, fun-filled vacations. But, did you know that cruises can be a source of accidents and injuries which can put a big crimp in that dream vacation? After all, more than four million people cruise annually during a good economy, and that means cruise ship accidents can occur more often than you might think. These accidents don’t even have to happen on the high seas – many people are unaware that accidents involving shore excursions are also considered cruise ship accidents if the excursion is sponsored by the cruise line you are sailing with.

There are ways to minimize your potential for being injured in cruise ship accidents:

  • Verify that any onshore excursion you are going to participate in has insurance which will cover you or your family if an accident occurs.
  • Check with your cruise line for safety information on the onshore excursion vendor; you may be surprised to learn that your cruise ticket restricts you from making a claim against the cruise line company for an injury which occurs during an onshore excursion.
  • Be aware of where you are and what you are doing. CruiseShipJunkie.com reports the latest in cruise ship accidents. One story they have posted tells of a passenger who drank more than his share of alcohol and decided to go swimming in the ship’s pool. The problem with this idea was that the pool had been drained for repairs, so the inebriated passenger ended up diving headfirst into an empty pool. The moral of the story is: don’t overindulge even on vacation!
  • Follow all posted warnings on board the ship.
  • You will be walking on a moving ship that is sailing on the high seas. There is a chance that water will be in your path at some point, so it is a good idea to wear rubber-soled shoes that can give you traction on a wet deck surface.
  • Use handrails to help you with your balance when the ship is under sail. You never know when the ship may list to one side or hit a rough patch of sea.
  • If you use the on board sports facility, only use the equipment for its intended purpose. The same thing goes for deck chairs, sporting equipment, etc.
  • Follow crew directions and instructions in the event of a power outage, fire, engine problem, or other emergency situation.
  • Secure your belongings in the cabin’s closets or drawers so you aren’t hit by flying or falling objects if the ship encounters rough seas.
  • While on shore excursions, listen to the directions of the tour operators, and follow their instructions.
  • Be honest about physical abilities required for some shore excursions (or the lack thereof) that might cause you harm if you try to do something you are not capable of doing. For instance, if you last rode a horse twenty-five years ago, don’t be daring and ask for a spirited horse for your ride down the beach!
  • Wear seat belts and proper restraints while on a tour and be sure your children do the same.

Hopefully, you will never have to worry about injury resulting from cruise ship accidents. However, if you are injured while on a cruise, you need to know that cruise ships operate under different laws than the rest of the vacation and tourism industry. "Depending on when and where your accident occurs, your claim may be controlled by Florida law, Federal Maritime law, or a law from a foreign port, says Florida cruise ship accident lawyer, Joseph M. Maus. "Accidents and injuries which occur on Cruise Ships can be won and lost on requirements which apply only to Cruise Ships. Take a look at your Cruise Ticket for some of these "special" requirements".

  • Passenger tickets often have special provisions put into the fine print within the ticket which shortens the time in which a cruise ship passenger may file a law suit against the cruise line – usually this limit is one year. To give you an idea of how this differs from "regular" law, Maus says that the normal statute of limitations for admiralty and maritime matters is three years; for a typical car accident claim it is four years!
  • These same provisions generally require you to give notice of a claim for injury or death due to negligence against the cruise line within six months.
  • Cruise lines also designate within their passenger tickets the only location where they can be sued. Read through your ticket and you should find this suit location. Since most of the major cruise lines are based in Miami, Florida and will designate Miami, Florida as the location where they must be sued, this means that if you live in Wisconsin and sail on a cruise vacation, you may have to bring suit for an injury in Miami (we might add that this will be at considerable cost and time to you).

Enjoy your cruise vacation and see all those wonderful sights that a cruise ship can take you to. Take some time to relax on the ship and unwind from your stressful life. Take precautions to be sure your vacation isn’t tainted by an injury. But, do be aware that if you are injured while on your cruise vacation, you need to talk to an experienced cruise ship accident lawyer immediately upon your return from your trip in order to preserve your rights!

For more information about cruise ship accidents and advice about an accident claim, contact cruise ship accident lawyer Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529, visit his website at http://www.mauslawfirm.com, or email him today.

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Cruise Ship Accidents Can Leave You High And Dry In A Court Of Law!

September 10, 2009

It has probably never occurred to most of the millions of annual cruise ship vacationers that they could be seriously injured or even killed while on their vacation. Maybe they missed watching the blockbuster movie, "Titanic", but even if they saw it, the prevailing thought is that being on vacation somehow makes one infallible. After all, the Titanic accident happened many years ago and ships are much safer now, right? Wrong! Every month, the major cruise lines report incidents such as persons falling overboard, weather-related accidents, and even accidents involving passengers who are attending dry-land excursions away from the ship. A quick visit to cruisejunkie.com allows vacationers to see a list of incidents involving each cruise line and can give you an idea of any cruise line’s safety record and their care of passengers.

Modern cruise ships can carry up to 5000 passengers on a single cruise.  At close to 1000 feet long, the ships have many areas where a person can become injured through no fault of their own. The cruise lines register their ships in various countries, which either makes them subject to the laws of the country where they are registered or subject to maritime law, but not necessarily subject to the law in the United States. Florida Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer, Joseph Maus, says, "depending on when and where your accident occurs, your claim may be controlled by Florida law, Federal Maritime law, or a law from a foreign port. Accidents and injuries which occur on Cruise Ships can be won and lost on requirements which apply only to Cruise Ships. Take a look at your Cruise Ticket for some of these "special" requirements".

It would seem that passengers who have cruise ship accidents should just be able to file a claim and receive payment the same way they would if they were injured in an accident at home in the States. But because these cruise lines are operating under different rules and laws, you should not try to handle the accident claim on your own. This is one area where you really want to have an experienced attorney standing along side you – specifically one who is skilled in filing claims for cruise ship accidents.

  • For example, Maus says: "Cruise lines often insert special provisions into their passenger tickets that shorten the time in which a passenger may file a law suit against the cruise line to one year. (The normal statute of limitations for admiralty and maritime matters is three years; for a typical car accident claim it is four years!)".
  • These same provisions generally require you to give notice of a claim for injury or death due to negligence against the cruise line within 6 months!
  • Maus also says: "Cruise lines also designate within their passenger tickets the only location where they can be sued. (Take a look at the tiny print on the back of your ticket). Most of the major cruise lines are based in Miami, Florida and designate Miami, Florida as the location where they must be sued." This means that if you live in Maine and vacation on a cruise, you may have to litigate in Miami at considerable cost and time to you.

It stands to reason that cruise lines will register their ships under the flags of countries that have laws that favor the cruise company. Consequently, when you see a number of ships registered in a particular country, you can bet that country is one of the more lax in terms of labor or safety laws. The majority of ships are registered in Panama, Liberia, or the Bahamas, and many cruise lines will even register one ship in one country and another ship in another country, in order to get around the laws of the United States. Most cruise lines also advertise that they are, for example, "headquartered in Miami, Florida". This would make a passenger believe that U. S. laws would protect them. But, this is designed to make passengers feel falsely secure. Being headquartered in the U.S. does not mean the ships are registered in the U. S. – and if they are registered in another country, passengers involved in cruise ship accidents will, again, be at the mercy of the laws of the registering country or maritime law. To top it off, most cruise lines are not even American-owned, which means they can bypass the laws that ordinarily govern American corporations.

This article is not meant to turn you away from that long-dreamt-of cruise vacation. Rather, it is meant to make cruise line passengers aware that cruise ship accidents require navigating through confusing and archaic laws. If you are injured while on a cruise, talk to an experienced cruise ship accident lawyer as soon as you get back to dry land so you can protect your rights.

For more information about cruise ship accidents and advice about an accident claim, contact cruise ship accident lawyer Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529, visit his website at http://www.mauslawfirm.com, or email him today.

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Cruise Ship Injury Tips

July 26, 2009

That cruise your are planning to your dream destination will probably be all that you are picturing: balmy seas, blue skies, and tropical beaches. You can see in in your mind, just like in a travel brochure – you and your family splashing in the pool, dancing in the nightclub, and going off to sightsee at every new port. But, what happens if you are injured while walking around on board the ship, while diving into the ship’s pool, or while on a shore excursion?

The cruise lines have many restrictions about how a cruise ship injury should be handled. In fact,  most cruise ship tickets contain seven to ten pages worth of restrictions, limitations, and requirements that a person must follow if they suffer a cruise ship accident or injury.  Although many people feel that they can resolve their cruise ship injury case by themselves, unless you are extremely familiar with the numerous laws that are unique to cruise ship accident claims, it is very easy to lose your rights to make such a claim. Be sure you retain your cruise ship ticket after your injury! Your attorney will need it because it details some of the "special" requirements" that cruise ship lines follow.

The smart thing to do is to retain an experienced cruise ship injury lawyer. You don’t want just any attorney – you want one that has experience with the cruise ship laws since many cruise lines operate under maritime law which is different from the laws on dry land. For example, even though large cruise lines depart from many different ports throughout the United States including Galveston, Texas, New Orleans, Mobile, Alabama, and numerous other ports on the East and West Coast of the United States, most cruise ship tickets require any cruise injury claim to be brought in Federal Court in South Florida. 

An experienced cruise ship injury lawyer should be extremely familiar with many of the cruise ship laws which are unique to cruise ship accidents.  These include: 

    • a one year Statute of Limitations in most cruise ship accident cases;
    •  venue provisions which require most claims to be brought in Federal Court in South Florida;
    •  pre-suit notice requirements;
    •  choice of law provisions required by passenger tickets; and
    •  jurisdictional issues depending on whether the ship is in territorial waters.

Enjoy your cruise vacation and have a great time. But, be aware that if you are injured while on your vacation, you need to talk to an experienced cruise ship accident lawyer as soon as you get back to dry land so you can protect your rights.    

 

For more information about your cruise ship injury and advice about an accident claim, contact cruise ship accident lawyer Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529 or email him today. Mr. Maus will provide a free, no obligation consultation to answer your questions as to whether you have a claim against your cruise line. He is an experienced cruise ship injury claims lawyer 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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Cruise Ship Injury Information

July 5, 2009

Despite the recession, the cruise ship industry continues to enjoy thousands and thousands of passengers traveling on their ships.  Particularly now, during the summer months, when most families schedule their family vacations, cruise ships are loaded with passengers unaware of dangers occurring on cruise ships.  In just the last few weeks, news media have reported people falling overboard a cruise ship out of Mobile, Alabama, a passenger drowning after falling off a cruise boat when the captain of the cruise boat became “distracted”, and countless slip and falls and trip and falls.

Cruise ship vacations can be a wonderful and enjoyable way to spend a family vacation.  However, cruise ship passengers should be aware of the many limitations contained in their cruise ship contract that are designed to help protect the cruise lines in the event a passenger sustains a cruise ship injury.  These include:

1.         Shortened Statutes of Limitations – Most cruise ship tickets contain a one (1) year Statute of Limitations during which a law suit may be filed for an onboard cruise ship injury.  This is much shorter than normal Statute of Limitations, such as Florida’s which is four (4) years.

2.         Restricted venue clauses – A venue clause contained in most cruise ship ticket contracts limits where a law suit for a cruise ship injury or accident can be brought.  Many cruise ship tickets such as those from Carnival Cruise Lines, require that a law suit be brought before the “United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami” or, before a court located in Miami – Dade County, Florida.  Even if your cruise ship left Mobile, Alabama, or Galveston, Texas, and you are injured on that cruise ship, your claim may still be required to be brought in a different jurisdiction such as Florida, or California. 

3.         Shortened time periods to notify the cruise ship company of the accident and injury – Many cruise ship ticket contracts required that “full particulars” of the accident and any injury which occurred be given to the cruise company within six (6) months after the date of the accident or cruise ship injury.  To contrast this with the State of Florida in a general negligence claim such as a car accident or slip and fall, an injured person has up to four (4) years to notify the party responsible for the accident or injury. 

4.         Limited responsibility for onshore excursions – Many cruise ship ticket contracts limit the responsibility of the cruise ship to only accidents occurring on the ship.  Many of the onshore excursions and day trips sponsored by the cruise ship are organized by independent contractors.  If you look closely at your ticket contract, you may be surprised to find out that the cruise ship company will take no responsibility for any accidents or injuries which occur during these day trips.

Enjoy the summer.  Enjoy your family vacations and, enjoy your cruise ship vacations.  But beware of the “fine print” contained in your cruise ship ticket contract.

If you are injured during an accident on board a cruise ship, or during a cruise ship excursion, speak to an experienced cruise ship accident attorney at the Law Office of Joseph M. Maus, P.A.  For a free consultation about your cruise ship injury, contact cruise ship accident lawyer Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529, log onto http://www.JMMLawyers.com, or email him today.

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Watch Out For Those “Dry Land” Cruise Ship Accidents!

April 15, 2009

Every year hundreds of thousands of passengers all over the world take to the seas for their vacation adventures. Usually cruises are leisurely events designed to help you relax and unwind from the stresses of job and home. You can do as much or as little as you want to do on a cruise. So, what could go wrong?

For starters, people are injured each year just getting onto the ship. Those walkways leading up the ship can be treacherous and people who are excitedly snapping pictures of loved ones embarking on their vacation can trip and fall or, worst case, go overboard before the ship has even left the dock (just ask the mother of the toddler who slid under the walkway railing and right off the gangway into the water below.) Cruise ship accidents can easily happen when passengers stumble or trip and fall in the hallways during the cruise, or when they pass by the wet pool areas. It has been reported that the Carnival Destiny left port on October 2, 2008 with an empty pool.  A passenger complaint indicates that there were no signs posted alerting passengers of the empty pool, and that only a flimsy net covered the pool.  One man reportedly dove into the pool unaware of the danger, landing on the cement bottom of the pool, and becoming seriously injured.

Cruise ship accidents also can happen when the ship leaves port and goes from calm waters to the choppier waters of the ocean or when the ship runs into storms along the way. The Carnival lines Splendor encountered 40 knot winds and rough seas on a November, 2008 voyage that had passengers rolling out of bed during the night.

It turns out that you aren’t even safe on dry land. Passengers can be injured while disembarking the ship to go on a tour in an exotic port, or when they are embarking onto a launch or tour bus, or even while walking around a tour site. Many examples can be found if you take time to read about cruises. The following are just some of the reports of cruise ship accidents taken from CruiseJunkie.com:

  • In March, 2008, a 44 year old woman from the cruise ship Norwegian Spirit, fell 65 feet to her death while on a cruise-sponsored zip line tour through the jungle in Roatan. At the time of the writing of the article, the cause had not been fully determined: either the harness holding her broke or the cabled zip line snapped.
  • On September 24, 2008, a 52-year-old woman drowned while on a cave tubing excursion in Belize. Strong currents pulled her to a cave wall and dragged her beneath the water.
  • On February 23, 2009, 16 passengers from the celebrity Cruise Lines, Summit, were injured on an excursion from the ship when their tour bus lost control and drove into a ditch.
  • On February 20, 2008, a 65 year old man died while on a snorkeling expedition off Cozumel, Mexico.
  • 5 passengers were killed and 4 were injured when a flightseeing aircraft went down in the waters off Ketchikan, Alaska, in August, 2007. The passengers were from the Holland American ship, Zuiderdam.

For people who are involved in cruise ship accidents, it may not be as easy to resolve the case by just filing a claim with a cruise line and wait for the claim to be paid. You should know that if you are injured while on a cruise, the laws that govern your claim are different than the laws that apply on dry land. You should definitely not try to handle the claim yourself – you should hire a competent attorney about any cruise ship accidents. Joseph Maus, a Florida cruise ship accident lawyer says, "depending on when and where your accident occurs, your claim may be controlled by Florida law, Federal Maritime law, or a law from a foreign port. Accidents and injuries which occur on Cruise Ships can be won and lost on requirements which apply only to Cruise Ships. Take a look at your Cruise Ticket for some of these "special" requirements".

  • For example, Maus says:
    "Cruise lines often insert special provisions into their passenger tickets that shorten the time in which a passenger may file a law suit against the cruise line to one year. (The normal statute of limitations for admiralty and maritime matters is three years; for a typical car accident claim it is four years!)".
  • These same provisions generally require you to give notice of a claim for injury or death due to negligence against the cruise line within 6 months!
  • Maus also says: "Cruise lines also designate within their passenger tickets the only location where they can be sued. (Take a look at the tiny print on the back of your ticket). Most of the major cruise lines are based in Miami, Florida and designate Miami, Florida as the location where they must be sued." This means that if you live in Maine and vacation on a cruise, you may have to litigate in Miami at considerable cost and time to you.

Enjoy your cruise vacation and have a great time. But, be aware that if you are injured while on your vacation, you need to talk to an experienced cruise ship accident lawyer as soon as you get back to dry land so you can protect your rights.

For more information about cruise ship accidents and advice about accident claim, contact cruise ship accident lawyer Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529 or email him today.

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