Houston Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer
Houston Cruise Ship Injury Attorneys
A cruise ship accident lawyer can help you navigate the confusing legal waters when you are injured aboard a cruise ship. Cruise ships advertise good times, but sometimes bad things can happen aboard to passengers or crew members. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury aboard a cruise ship, contact Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., and obtain quality, professional Texas maritime legal counsel. Our cruise ship accident lawyers will apply their years of experience to help you and your family.
Some of the types of accidents that occur on cruise ships are:
- Slip and falls due to unsafe conditions
- Assault & rape cases
- Injury due to unsanitary conditions
- Illness due to defective and/or contaminated food
- Accidents due to unseaworthiness or failure to maintain the ship
- Balcony rail failure
If you have experienced a serious injury aboard a cruise ship, contact Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. so that your rights are protected.
Failure to Act Quickly After a Cruise Ship Accident May Cost You Your Rights
As you know when you sign up for a cruise, there is a ton of paperwork you must fill out in order to go aboard. There is almost always some sort of disclaimer of rights contained in your contract that you should read carefully before signing. Often, cruise ship companies try to avoid responsibility for their own negligence and/or gross negligence by making you sign a waiver. These waivers may or may not be valid depending upon which law applies.
Additionally, cruise ship tickets shortening the statute of limitations to one year or less is another way cruise lines seek to limit or avoid responsibility for their actions. That is why it is critical that if you are injured while aboard a cruise ship, you immediately seek the advice of a cruise ship injury attorney to determine your rights.
What Law Applies When you are Injured on a Cruise Ship?
When you are injured on a cruise ship while it is located in a U.S. port, or within three miles of shore, typically state law will apply. If you are on the open seas, usually maritime law will apply. If you are docked in a foreign country, you may well be subject to that Country’s laws. If you are injured while on a cruise ship excursion, the law of your locale will apply. If you are being transported by the ship’s tender from the ship to a dock or vice versa, maritime law will apply.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim When Injured on a Crusie Ship?
Many cruise lines have a clause in their cruise agreement that requires that claims must be submitted in writing within 180 days of the injury or your claim is waived. They often also limit the Statute of Limitations to file your lawsuit after notice is given to one year from the date of injury. Thus, you should speak to a cruise ship injury attorney immediately after your accident to determine the best way to preserve all of your legal rights.
Where Do I File a Lawsuit Against a Cruise Ship?
Most cruise lines have a forum clause in their contract that you agree to that requires any lawsuit you file against them to be brought in the Federal Court in Miami, no matter where the injury occurred. Miami is basically the hub of maritime claims for cruise ships. This clause does not differentiate based on where the passenger comes from.
Free Legal Consultation Regarding Your Cruise Ship Accident
If you are the victim of a cruise ship injury, call us today for a free consultation. We will need to see all of the paperwork you signed, particularly the ticket and the contract when you come in so that we can review your rights with you. Some of the cruise lines that we can review include:
- Carnival Cruise Lines
- Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL)
- Celebrity Cruises, Inc.
- Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.
- Princess Cruise Lines
- Holland America
- Disney Cruises
- Oceania Cruises
- Seabourn Cruise Lines
- American Cruise Lines
- Windstar Cruises
The consultation with an offshore accident attorney is free. If we can help you, we work on a contingency fee basis which means you don’t pay a ny attorney’s fees or attorney case expenses unless we make a recovery for you.
At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury & Accident Lawyers, are dedicated to your case and endeavor to give solid legal counsel and representation. Call us to schedule your appointment today: (713) 932-0777.