Over 12 million Americans sail on cruise ships each year. While most of these trips are fun and relaxing vacations, in some cases the unthinkable can happen. From the Costa Concordia shipwreck in 2012 to the Carnival Triumph disaster in 2013, accidents on cruise ships have left passengers seriously injured and even dead.
If you suffer an injury while on your cruise vacation, can you sue the cruise line for this personal injury? You may be left with medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. What can you do about this? Read more below to find out everything you need to know in the event of a cruise ship accident.
Can You Sue A Cruise Line?
The short answer is yes, you can sue a cruise line – under certain situations. In order to sue a cruise line, you need to show that the cruise line was negligent. What exactly is negligence? Negligence is when the party fails to use reasonable care which causes damage or injury to someone.
For a cruise line, this means that they failed to provide a safe environment for their passengers. An example of this would be if you tripped and broke your leg due to a broken step on a staircase. If the step had been broken for some time and the cruise line was aware of it, this would be considered negligence.
In order to sue a cruise line, you will need to first check your contract. There are often stipulations in the contract for suing including a statute of limitations and certain disclaimers.
What Type Of Injuries Can You Sue For?
Some common examples for cruise lines include:
- Slips and falls
- Assault from one of the ship’s crew members or another passenger
- Dangerous stairs, decks, or other conditions that the ship did not correct
- Ship accidents – such as the Costa Concordia
- Illnesses– from contaminated food provided by the cruise line
Who Should You Contact?
You’ve suffered an injury on a cruise ship. You think the cruise line was negligent and want to sue, but you have no idea if you have a strong enough case or how to move forward. Your best option is to contact a personal injury lawyer that specializes in cruise ship accidents. They can help guide you through the next steps.
When choosing a lawyer, you’ll also need to consider the location of the cruise line. Many cruise lines require that you sue in a certain location, typically in Florida. That means you must find a lawyer that can practice in that region. The contract that comes with your ticket should outline where you can sue the cruise line.
Contact Us Today
At David W. Singer & Associates, we are highly experienced lawyers that specialize in personal injury claims. We’ve received settlements for our clients in the millions of dollars. If you are looking to sue a cruise line for a personal injury, please contact us today for a free consultation. We’re located in Florida and can file lawsuits against many prominent cruise lines in the Miami-Dade County.