Cruise Ship Accidents


South Florida – The Capital Of Cruise Ships

Between the Port of Palm Beach, Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale), and the Port of Miami, more than 8 million people enter and leave South Florida’s Ports on cruise ships annually. With such a large number of people cruising in and out of South Florida Ports, accidents and injuries occur frequently.

In these instances, you can use the experience of cruise ship accident lawyers from the law office of Maus Law Firm

Cruise ship accidents can include:

  • Accidents on Excursions into Foreign Ports
  • Slip/Trip and Falls
  • Accidents on Ships or Docks
  • Diving Accidents
  • On Board Incidents such as Sexual Assaults
  • Health Issues and Seaborne Sicknesses

Beware Of The Fine Print

Be aware that cruise ship lines often insert special provisions into their passenger tickets that limit law suit claims to one year.Be aware that cruise ship lines often insert special provisions into their passenger tickets that limit law suit claims to one year.

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:
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!)

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.

The Carnival Cruise Accident in the Gulf of Mexico departed from Galveston, TX but all claims need to be filed in South Florida because of the terms on the ticket.


What to Do If You Are Involved In A Cruise Ship Accident

If you are injured on one of these cruises, there are steps you can take to ensure your rights are protected. For starters, you should be familiar with the most common types of cruise ship accidents. If you are the victim of one of a cruise ship accident, make sure to know, protect and enforce your rights.


Which Laws Apply?

Depending on where your cruise ship accident occurs, your claim is controlled by varying laws.Depending on where your cruise ship accident occurs, your claim is controlled by varying laws.

Cruise ship accidents can happen at any time—as a passenger is boarding or unboarding the ship, walking up or down stairs on the ship, or down a hallway, getting on and off a launch which takes you into some exotic port, or during your ship sponsored trip into a foreign city. You can still do something about an injury that takes place while on dry land!

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.  An experienced cruise ship accident lawyer from our office can sort through the complex maze of laws which may apply and recover the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.

Contact our office today for a consultation with lawyers that are experienced in cruise ship accidents.