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How to Sue a Cruise Line | Bailing Out Sinking Claims


Many more people are traveling on cruise ships to experience luxury on the water than ever before and with crowds comes increased chances of accidents, injuries, and more.

Although cruise lines offer luxury experiences on large boats, the cruise industry is notorious for sexual assaults, accidents, rape, and more.

These injuries not only lead to physical harm but also emotional trauma, which can stay with the passenger victim for a long time.

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  • Types of Cruise Ship Accidents a Person May Have
  • Where Should You File a Cruise Ship Lawsuit?
  • Do You Have to Travel to the Destination Where You Filed the Suit?
  • When Should Cruise Ship Injury Victims File Claims?
  • Do You Need to Inform Cruise Lines about Your Intent to File for Damages?
  • How to Determine the Worth of Your Case?

If you’ve had a cruise ship accident or your loved one has gone missing, contact our Los Angeles cruise ship attorneys today to review your case and file claims.

Types of Cruise Ship Accidents a Person May Have

Different types of accidents may happen on a cruise ship and some of them include:

Where Should You File a Cruise Ship Lawsuit?

A cruise ship ticket dictates the terms and conditions for passengers to file lawsuits if they wish; it is best to read the fine print on the ticket to understand your rights. Since cruise ships travel across the world, the ticket will also mention the location where you can file for lawsuits.

Filing a lawsuit against cruise companies in places not mentioned in your ticket may result in a dismissal of the case, as your ticket is a passenger contract and you need to follow the guidelines mentioned on it.

Expert lawyers make the terms and conditions for cruise companies and the venue selection clause is enforceable by law even in the United States, which makes it hard for a victim to bring a lawsuit against a cruise line or the parent company.

Do You Have to Travel to the Destination Where You Filed the Suit?

Since the ticket dictates the place where you can file legal action against the cruise company, you need to head to that place if you wish you file a suit, and mediation of the case before trial will also require you to travel to the destination mentioned on your cruise ticket.

However, if you’re undergoing medical treatment or due to old age can not safely travel, you have the provision to avoid traveling to file the suit, and in such situations, a Los Angeles cruise ship attorney can guide you better.

When Should Cruise Ship Injury Victims File Claims?

Just like any lawsuit, you need to file it within the window provided by the law and must act quickly as you only have one year following the event so any claim or suit after the window period will automatically result in a dismissal, however, there are certain exceptions to this.

Although according to cruise lines and the ticket, passengers have a year to file claims, the federal statute of limitations allows three years for maritime negligence in certain situations where minors, incompetent passengers, and families who have lost their loved ones to injuries due to the negligence of the cruise ship or crew members get involved. The time period, in this case, does not start until the appointment of a legal representative by the court.

Do You Need to Inform Cruise Lines about Your Intent to File for Damages?

Your ticket may explain all the provisions and whether or not you have to inform the cruise line of your intent to file a suit. If the ticket specifically mentions that you need to inform the cruise company, then you may have a short period of time to notify the cruise company at the time of filing a suit. It is best to consult Los Angeles cruise ship attorneys to know your legal rights before notifying the cruise company.

How to Determine the Worth of Your Case?

There is no particular way to calculate your claims or the value of your case. Everything depends on different factors and will vary on a case by case basis; however, some of the factors that impact the worth of a case are as follows:

  1. Nature of the case
  2. Type of injury
  3. The evidence collected
  4. Physical and emotional trauma
  5. Any lost wages or lost income
  6. Medical bills (current and future)
  7. Treatment costs
  8. And more depending on the case

An experienced Los Angeles cruise ship attorney can help you determine claims as they have access to medical experts, investigative teams, and the right resources in the legal space.

Contact Ehline Law and our Los Angeles Cruise ship attorneys at (213) 596-9642 for an assessment of your case. Going against a cruise line is challenging, especially when the laws that govern this industry are vague and riddled with loopholes. However, having a qualified and experienced cruise ship lawyer can increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.

Ehline Law is a leading personal injury law firm operating in California and has tremendous experience dealing with cruise ship cases and more. Our Los Angeles injury attorneys have recovered more than $150 million in compensation and have helped over 3,000 clients since our inception.

We understand the tough situation you’re going through so let us stand with you in such tough times, Call us or visit us and get a free consultation on your case today!

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