Injury claims against cruise ship lines must be filed in court within one year
Cruise ships are like floating cities with thousands of passengers on board. Usually a lot more fun than the typical workaday city, but probably no less likely to involve accidents and injuries.
Cruise ship lines cannot guarantee that no one will get hurt aboard, but they do have a responsibility to prevent dangerous conditions on board that can cause serious injury to its passengers. When a cruise ship accident occurs because of poor maintenance, incompetent or improperly trained employees, inadequate safety equipment or emergency precautions, the cruise line can be held accountable.
Cruise ship tickets typically have a provision that requires you to file your claim within one year in a specific state and in a particular county within that state. The ticket may also dictate that the case be filed in Federal Court.
People who are injured on cruise ships need a team of a hometown lawyer and a lawyer in the location where suit must be filed. The lawyer back home may handle the damages aspects of the case, such as video depositions of treating physicians and other damages witnesses. The other half of the team is a maritime law specialist experienced in cruise ship litigation in the location where the ticket terms require a suit be filed.
If you are a Georgia resident seriously injured on a cruise ship, we can handle the “back home” part of of this and make a knowing selection of a maritime lawyer appropriate to handle the liability part of the case in the place where the terms of the ticket require that suit be filed.