One of the highlights of Miami is the fact that is a port for many cruise lines. And while for most, a cruise in a relaxing vacation, on rare occasions accidents do happen. The biggest causes of injury on cruise ships include slip and fall accidents including falling overboard, fallen objects during rocky seas, swimming pool accidents, and medical malpractice from the resident first-aid station.
Maritime laws are complicated and state laws do not apply. The only way a cruise ship can be held liable for an accident if it can be proven that the ship’s operator knew or should have known about the unsafe condition of the ship.
In order to protect themselves from lawsuit, many cruise lines have specific conditions within their tickets that limit the statute of limitations of filing a lawsuit. Passengers can sometimes have as little as 180 days to bring about a claim and then a year later file a lawsuit. It is important that if you believe that you were injured due to the negligence of the cruise line that you bring about your claim as quickly as possible and hire a personal injury attorney.
Specifically, when it comes to passengers falling overboard or disappearing from cruises (a sad but true reality), a family might be able to bring about a civil lawsuit. They can sue for economic and non-economic damages such as funeral expenses, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has recently been a cruise sailing out of the port of Miami and have been injured in an accident on the cruise ship or during excursions, then contact our Miami personal injury law firm for a free consultation. Remember, we don’t get paid unless you do so there is absolutely no risk to you by contacting us now.