Cruise Ship Liability Lawyers

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When Can a Cruise Line Be Held Liable?

Many of the same kinds of crimes and accidents that occur on land can also occur on cruise ships. A cruise line may be held liable for injuries, including medical malpractice by the ship’s doctors or nurses, if you suffer while on board a ship. Sexual assault is the most common crime on cruise ships.

What Is the Standard of Liability?

A cruise ship is considered a common carrier, like an airplane or train. So a cruise line has a duty to ensure that its passengers reach their destination safely. While the specifics of this duty may vary from state to state, generally a cruise ship must act reasonably to prevent harm to its passengers. This reasonable care standard covers protecting passengers from accidents and from crime. 

Can the Cruise Line Limit Its Liability?

Most cruise lines have a contract with their guests that may limit the cruise line's liability or limit the states in which a lawsuit may be brought against a cruise line. Often the terms of such contracts are printed on the passenger ticket. To see if you can get around these provisions, contact an attorney.

What If the Incident Occurs Outside the United States?

The most difficult part about suing a cruise line is that cruise liners will hide behind admiralty and maritime law, which often involves international law. The most egregious part about cruise ship liability is the use of forum selection clauses to move the case outside the reach of American courts. An attorney can keep a case inside the United States where the victims have the best chance of success. 

Do I Need a Lawyer to Sue a Cruise Line?

If you have been injured on a cruise ship, a personal injury lawyer can help you recover damages for your medical expenses and pain and suffering. If you have been the victim of a crime on a cruise ship contact the ship's security office, as well as the police.

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Last Modified: 04-02-2014 04:51 PM PDT

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