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Sometimes the cruise line is responsible for the safety of their passengers even during shore excursions. If the cruise line had knowledge that a particular area had been experiencing high incidence of crimes, then they should not have allowed passengers on that particular excursion. Passengers who have been robbed or assaulted in these circumstances have been able to recover damages from the cruise line.
Occasionally there is major issue, such as a ship which runs aground, or sinks, or there is a fire on board , or it collides with another ship. If such an event occurs as a result of the negligence of the crew, and there are injuries, then the cruise line is held liable for those injuries. If the passengers must abandon ship, and there are injuries incurred as a result of the actions of the captain and/or crew, there may be compensation available for your injuries.
Not every injury suffered on a cruise is one which can be compensated. There must be some act of negligence or intentional behavior on the part of the cruise line or the crew.
Very Important!! Did you know that the terms on a cruise ticket are controlling as to potential lawsuits? You must keep and read the cruise ticket and each cruise lines has different terms. Often the ticket requires an injured person notify the cruise line of the injury in writing within 180 days of the accident and that a lawsuit must be filed within one year of the accident. Failure to file the notice within the 180 days and/or failure to file suit within one year are fatal errors which will end a claim. Also, the ticket identifies the specific court suit must be brought. Bringing or filing suit in the wrong court is a fatal error that means no recovery for the injured passenger.
If you have been injured while on a cruise, you should consult with an attorney knowledgeable in cruise ship injuries. Be sure they are experienced – ask how long they have handled these types of cases, and what is their overall experience. The attorneys at Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A. are experienced in cruise ship injuries, and will guide you in pursuing your claim.