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Cruise Ship Accidents

Approximately 7 million people worldwide go on cruises. Some go on long-weekend three-day cruises; others take six-month cruises, while many take cruises of two to four weeks. At Hoffman, Larin & Agnetti, we are experienced in handling maritime law cases to ensure that clients who have been injured on a cruise or tour have the strongest possible cases as they seek compensation for injuries or wrongful death.

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Our firm has handled cases include matters involving:

  • Sexual assault
  • Collisions
  • Injuries due to rough weather
  • Falling overboard and drowning
  • Injuries to crew members under the Jones Act
  • Food poisoning
  • Slip and falls caused by wet or icy decks and floors, loose carpet, and other hazards
  • Cruise ship running aground

The legal rights of a passenger who has suffered an injury, or a passenger who has been killed, on a cruise ship depend largely on two things: maritime law and the provisions of your contract/ticket for carriage. Cruise accidents that happen at sea or even in a foreign country can create some complex legal situations that often favor the cruise line over the passengers. Additionally if someone is involved in a wrongful death while on a cruise ship, the Death on the High Seas Act is applied, and this involves a different set of laws than maritime or even Florida state laws.

It is of utmost importance that you read your entire ticket. Pay particular attention to the fine print. Many of your cruise ship rights are spelled out on the ticket. The fine print often spells out your effective “statute of limitations” for suing the Cruise Ship, even if the shipping company is at fault. Contact the Law Offices of Hoffman, Larin & Agnetti and act quickly if you feel like you have suffered an injury while on a cruise ship. The cruise ship’s ticket might even specify where a lawsuit has to be filed. Be aware of these restrictions, and be sure to point them out to your lawyer. Causes of action for injuries on a cruise ship can have shorter statutes of limitations than in other cases.  This means that you have a shorter time to bring your claim.  If you miss the deadline, you will not be able to seek damages for your injuries and losses.

If you have been the victim of a cruise ship accident and you think negligence or inappropriate action on the part of the cruise line or anyone connected to the cruise is responsible, contact the Miami cruise ship accident attorneys at Hoffman, Larin & Agnetti today. Our firm can help you determine if you are entitled to any damages and will know what needs to be done to obtain a judgment or settlement.