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Who is Liable if You are Injured on a Cruise Ship in Florida?

December 29, 2021
Colson Hicks Eidson

When you plan a cruise, you’re hoping for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. What you don’t anticipate is being injured. A cruise ship accident can drastically derail your holiday. Cruise ships are an excellent choice for vacations because they are often all-inclusive and allow you to visit a variety of locations in one trip. Out at sea, though, anything can happen, including accidents and injuries.

If you are wounded on a cruise ship, the cruise line firm is usually liable for your injuries. However, because cruise ship responsibility is difficult, you should get legal advice to ensure that you receive reasonable compensation for your injuries. The Miami personal injuries attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson have over 50 years of experience handling a variety of personal injury claims.

The Cruise Ship Contract

It is critical to note that when you buy a ticket and board a cruise ship, you are instantly agreeing to the cruise line’s terms. This contract is usually found in the tiny print at the bottom of your ticket. By purchasing a cruise and boarding the ship, you are legally agreeing to the cruise line’s rules. Injured parties may be barred from pursuing certain claims against certain cruise Lines if they sign this liability waiver. It can also provide critical claim details such as filing deadlines.

A Contract does not cover every personal injury claim –only those that were not caused or contributed to by the carrier or cruise line workers. Your lawsuit will go around the ticket purchase conditions if you feel the cruise line or one of its workers is guilty of negligence or malicious intent.

When is the Cruise Line Liable?

The cruise ship will be liable for your injuries if they caused them, either through direct conduct or negligently. The most common injuries that a person can sue a cruise line for include:

  • Assault and or Battery
  • Docking Accident/Tender Accident
  • Food Poisoning
  • Shower Accident
  • Slip and Fall
  • Wrongful Death

The common type of injuries sustained from the above accidents include:

  • Back and neck injuries
  • Bacteria infections
  • Broke or fractured bones
  • Death
  • Head injuries and concussions
  • Joint injuries and dislocations

Cruise ship injuries are normally handled in the same way as regular personal injury and negligence cases.  Cruise lines will be held accountable for injuries in Florida if they had a duty to safeguard you from a foreseeable hazard. When a reasonably prudent person in the same situation as the cruise line may anticipate a person is injured as a result of a specific hazard or present threat on the ship, harm is foreseeable and the cruise line will be liable, regardless of what the contract states.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today

Please do not hesitate to call a Miami personal injury lawyer at our law firm to book a consultation. We’ve worked on cases all throughout the country and around the world, and we can help you.

Our nationally recognized cruise ship accident lawyers at Colson Hicks Eidson work tirelessly to ensure that victims receive the compensation they are entitled to. If you suspect a cruise line, cruise line employees’, or another’s carelessness contributed to your injuries or a loved one’s untimely death, contact our cruise accident lawyers. We can be reached by phone at 305-476-7400 or by contacting us online.