Texas Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer
While cruise ship companies are expected to exercise the highest degree of care for the safety of their passengers, suffering an injury or sickness aboard a cruise ship is unfortunately quite common. Many ships have dangerous defects, including slick surfaces and incidences of ships sailing into dangerous storms are increasingly making headlines.
Now more than ever it is important to understand your rights as a passenger. If you or a loved one has been injured on a cruise ship, you need a cruise ship injury lawyer in Texas to quickly preserve these rights.
The Dangers of Cruise Ships
Common cruise ship accidents include:
- Norovirus infections
- Slip and fall
- Sexual assault
- Pool or waterslide accidents
- Dock accidents
- Injuries from navigational errors
- Medical negligence
If cruise ship companies fail to live up to its duty to protect passengers from harm, sickness or accidents can result. If you feel you became sick or injured due to the negligence of a cruise line, you can claim compensation for your injuries.
Is there a deadline to file my cruise ship injury claim?
A cruise ship injury cannot be handled the same way as other injury cases. In a cruise ship injury case, your claim is very often governed by the terms and conditions contained within your ticket or cruise brochure. In many cases, these items require that you give the cruise line notice of your injury within 6 months of the date of the injury.
Many major cruise lines also require that you officially file your lawsuit within one year from the date of the injury. Note that many states do not require pre-lawsuit notice for injury claims. And most states allow at least two-year statute-of-limitations deadlines for injury claims. This means that your cruise ship injury case is governed by completely different requirements than a standard lawsuit.
For this reason, it is critical to hire a lawyer who has handled a cruise ship accident case as soon as you can after you suffer an injury.
What else should I know about a cruise ship injury claim?
The bottom line is that a cruise ship injury is not subject to typical United States laws. Rather, your ticket and cruise brochure may contain various critical requirements to follow. It is common for the ticket or brochure to require the filing of your cruise ship injury claim in a specific city or state – usually where the cruise line has a business presence. Our law firm is well familiar with these requirements and can explain your legal options to you.
Contact a Cruise Ship Accident Attorney Today
Again, be sure to contact an attorney as soon as you can following an incident, as a claim for a cruise ship accident can be more complicated than a traditional personal injury claim. Cruise vessels are subject to state, federal and international maritime laws as accidents usually take place in territorial or international waters.
Contact a cruise ship injury lawyer at Roberts & Roberts today if you or a loved one has become sick or was injured while on a cruise.