Cruise Ship Injuries

CRUISE SHIP ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES IN FLORIDA

Florida is a popular place for cruise ships. Ports in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties see countless happy tourists arriving and departing, hoping to have the time of their lives. Accompanying many of those tourists are the many crew members working on those ships. Sometimes, dangerous conditions aboard the ship can lead to accidents causing injury or death of passengers and crew, alike. Other times, cruise ship passengers and staff can be the cause of an injury to one another. Sadly, on rare occasions, injury or death of a passenger or crew member is the result of an intentional attack aboard ship. When these things happen, you may need an attorney experienced in helping clients recover for the injuries and deaths that happened aboard cruise ships. There are issues with Florida, Federal, and international law that can influence recovery in a case involving cruise ship accidents. Time is always a factor. Cruise ship injury cases are subject to shortened statutes of limitation in some cases and some cruise lines place contractual language within their ticket that shorten the time for noticing or suing the company. After an accident, the clock is ticking. If you’ve been injured on a cruise ship in an accident or attack, contact The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A., for a free consultation.

WHAT CAN I SUE THE CRUISE SHIP COMPANY FOR?

If you or a loved one has been injured, or worse, killed through the fault of another, our experienced attorneys can bring suit for many reasons. Our attorneys can represent victims for:

  • Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents
  • Passenger Accidents
  • Crimes Committed at Sea
  • Crew or Passenger Attacks
  • Injuries Sustained on Excursions
  • Missing Persons
  • Wrongful Death
  • Crew Member Injuries
  • Jones Act Claims

If any of these might apply to you, our attorneys, licensed in both Federal and Florida practice, may be able to help. Contact our office to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.

WHERE SHOULD I SUE AND HOW CAN THE LAW OFFICE OF SEAN CLAYTON, P.A. HELP?

Another issue that frequently comes up is where the proper jurisdiction for your suit should lie. Cruise ships are often registered in foreign countries, with cruise lines incorporated abroad, and before you know it there are layers of intricacy to determining the correct forum. Often times, again, the contract on the back of the ticket calls for suit in a specific location. Our experienced attorneys can help identify where to bring suit and whom to sue. Also, The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A., is conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, near the headquarters of many cruise lines. If looking for representation for a cruise chip accident or injury case against a local cruise line, or a cruise line anywhere, contact us to talk about your case.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF INJURED ON A CRUISE SHIP?
  • First, seek medical help, of course. We firmly believe that your first and utmost concern should be your health.
  • Next, notify the ship’s crew if they don’t already know about your injury.
  • Be careful not to sign any paperwork that might release anyone from liability.
  • Collect the names of the crew members you speak to and any witnesses to the incident, in case they’re needed later. Witnesses may be willing to write a statement, which can be handy later.
  • Photograph the scene of the accident and surrounding area as well as the injury if appropriate.
  • If you have been the victim of a serious crime, report it to law enforcement. The FBI is likely the agency to which you should report.
  • Try to collect documents from any medical care you received and copies of any reports generated by the crew with regard to your injury.
  • Because of the contractual limits which may exist, notify the cruise line in writing if you intend to bring a claim or sue, but make sure to do so within the time allotted.

Finally, seek the help of an experienced Cruise Ship Accident Attorney to help you with your case. Contact us at The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A., to set up a free consultation.