Filing a Claim Against a Cruise Line
If you were seriously injured while on a cruise ship, you may be wondering if there is a statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Filing a claim against a cruise line will be difficult without the help of our experienced Tampa boat accident lawyers, so contact our office today to get started with your settlement.
Filing a Claim Against a Cruise Line | Statute of Limitations
If you are injured on a cruise, the first thing you should do is seek appropriate medical care. Secondly you should report your injury to onboard board personnel, they would generally make out an accident report. You should try to get a copy of that report if at all possible. When you return, you should contact an attorney who is competent and qualified to handle cruise ship injury cases. Normally, a formal written notice needs to be given to the cruise line within 180 days of your injury and if your claim cannot be amicably resolved, suit must be filed generally within 1 year of the date of injury.
Filing a Claim Against a Cruise Line | Where to File
If you’re injured while on a cruise, you will be provided a very detailed ticket. It provides important information about where your claim has to be filed and in what time limit it has to be filed. Generally, the tickets for the various cruise lines say that you need to provide a written notice letter within approximately 180 days after your injury. That suit must be filed within 1 year of your injury and specifically set forth where your claim needs to be filed.
Filing a Claim Against a Cruise Line | Injured by a Crew Member
If you are attacked by a member of the crew, you first want to make sure you’re in a position of safety, you’re going to want to get any necessary medical attention, and you’re going to want to report the attack to the cruise line officials. You will also need to notify the appropriate civilian law enforcement personnel so when you return to United States to report it to the local police, it can be properly investigated and prosecuted.
If you or a loved one has been injured on a cruise ship in Florida, contact the experienced Tampa boat accident lawyers at Morgenstern & Herd, PLLC, to set up a free consultation.