You Should Be Having the Time of Your Life When you book a cruise, you’re naturally thinking of relaxing and enjoying a carefree vacation on the seas. Chances are that is exactly what you will experience. However, people do suffer injuries while on cruise ships and the effects can be long-lasting and devastating. What’s more, the terms and conditions you agree to when you book your cruise are constructed so as to heavily favor the cruise line over the passengers. Types of Cruise Injuries Many cruise injuries are simple tripping or slip-and-fall injuries, and they may not cause any lasting problems. However, retired individuals, who make up a significant proportion of cruise vacationers, may experience lasting problems after a simple tripping or slipping accident. Other types of injuries that occur on cruise ships include food poisoning, burns, or even assaults. Cruise Lines Have Aggressive Legal Representation Cruise lines have enough legal clout to make it very difficult for you to obtain fair compensation after suffering an injury on a cruise ship. You have to pursue a cruise line accident lawsuit in a specific jurisdiction, and you have a limited time in which to pursue a claim. Once you file a lawsuit, the cruise line will aggressively defend its case, and you have to be prepared for this. Document Everything after a Cruise Injury If you are hurt while on a cruise, seek immediate medical care, and document the incident as thoroughly as possible. Get photos of the scene of the injury, and if there were witnesses, obtain their contact information. If you can, find out if there is surveillance video that may have captured the incident. As soon as you’re back in port contact an experienced cruise accident attorney. Experienced Legal Counsel is Absolutely Critical With a cruise line injury lawsuit, having an attorney with specific cruise lawsuit experience is critical. Determining which laws (national, maritime, or international) were applicable at the time of your injury can be very complex. Facing a cruise line in a cruise line accident lawsuit is an uphill battle, but you can prevail if you work with an attorney with experience specific to cruise lawsuits.
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