Cruise ship accidents are a common occurrence. Viral Outbreaks on cruise ships are so pervasive that the United States Center for Disease Control has website dedicated to these horrible illnesses when they spread throughout a cruise ship. Most cruise line tickets require your claim be presented within six months of the accident. The actual ticket you purchase contains a great limitation on your rights under Florida law. Whereas a regular injury case has a four year statute of limitations, (meaning you have four years from the time of the accident to make a claim). Most cruise line’s require that any lawsuit be filed within only one year. Florida Courts have held that cruise lines can place such restrictive clauses within their tickets.
Keep your ticket; if you were injured or became ill while vacationing on a cruise do not lose your ticket. That ticket is also your ticket to making a claim. Remember the cruise line must have official notice of your claim within six months of the accident or illness. This notice provision must not be ignored. Should you fail to notify the cruise lie of your claim you will not have met the condition precedent for successfully filing a lawsuit should it become necessary.
Lawsuits against most cruise lines must be filed in the Southern District Federal Court for Florida. Let a Florida attorney handle your case against a cruise line.