Ship accident

Cruise Ship Accidents

If you are a cruise ship passenger or crew member injured on board you need experienced lawyers. Special laws both federal and international govern injury and death claims at sea. Statutes of limitations are shorter, sometimes just 6 months from the incident date. Incidents which occur on navigable waters, either near U.S. or foreign shores present complex legal issues. Admiralty, maritime, and even foreign state and laws may apply. Applicable laws differ significantly from usual state tort laws and frequently limit the injured party's right to recover money damages. So, it is important to contact an experienced maritime lawyer if you or a loved are injured at sea. Our Florida Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers have experience filing claims against all the major cruise lines including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess Cruises, Disney Cruise Lines, Holland America, Celebrity, Costa, Seabourn, Regent, Crystal and many other foreign operated vessels. We know what to do. Our attorneys are skilled at representing passengers and crew members who suffer serious and catastrophic injuries. If you are injured, we will fight to enforce your legal rights. We also won't hesitate to bring your case to trial if a fair settlement offer is not made.

Complex State Laws and Shorter Statute of Limitations to File a Claim

Cruise ship injuries, and deaths which occur at sea are different from on land personal injury cases. Many passengers do not know cruise line companies insert contract provisions in passenger tickets shortening the time injured parties have to file a lawsuit. Also, cruise ship passengers are usually required to give written notice of their intent to pursue a claim. Sometimes, they have just six months to do so. Depending on the passenger ticket contract passengers usually have only one year from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. This means injury victims must act quickly to retain a lawyer to investigate the facts and analyze potential legal issues.

Cruise ship injuries sustained on foreign soil can also trigger legal issues over jurisdiction and the correct forum in which to file a lawsuit. Cruise line companies frequently make unknowing passengers sign waivers before participating in many shipboard activities. Dealing with unexpected catastrophes is a burden for anyone. So, understanding your legal rights is crucial in such stressful times.

If you believe that a cruise ship operator, or employee was negligent which resulted in a serious injury then don't wait. Time is working against you. Act before delay prejudices or bars your claim.

Representing Cruise Ship Accident Victims

Our law firm represents cruise ship passengers and crew

members who are seriously injured in every type of incident. From slip, trip and fall accidents, missing persons, even crime victims, including rapes or sexual assaults. Accidents on cruise ships may also occur due to dangerous ship endorsed activities on board and on private excursions.

As the cruise industry continue to grows, the number of serious accident and catastrophic injury cases seem to increase as well. These floating cities bring maritime and resort risks to both passengers and crew. As lawyers, our job is to help clients recover for their losses and to make cruise lines operators accountable for harms they cause.

At Gerson and Schwartz, PA our cruise ship attorneys have experience representing the injured in:


  • Report the accident or incident immediately to the ship safety and security officer or other crew members.
  • Send written notice of your intent to file a claim in accordance with the time limitations stated in the cruise ticket.
  • Obtain any names of personnel who assisted you and request a copy of any documents they ask you to fill out. Be careful what you say and what you sign.
  • Take as many photos/video of the accident scene to document the conditions. Cruise lines are notorious for destroying evidence.
  • Get the names and contact information for passengers or crew who witnessed the accident or have knowledge about the circumstances.
  • Obtain written statements from any potential witnesses from a foreign land.
  • If a serious crime has been committed report it to the FBI.
  • Get immediate medical help in the ship infirmary and off the ship as soon as practical.
  • Contact an experienced cruise ship accident or maritime lawyer. Call us collect anytime for advice--even before you leave the ship.

The cruise ship accident attorneys at Gerson and Schwartz, PA are licensed to practice law in all Florida state and federal courts. We are affiliated with other lawyers in virtually all jurisdictions where we are not admitted to practice. Our Florida law offices are located in the heart of Miami, Florida close to the port of Miami and Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. Our attorneys have 80 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims, maritime accidents, and wrongful death cases. All cases are handled on a contingent fee so there are no attorney's fees unless we recover money on your behalf. Contact us today at for a consultation at 1-877-475-2905.


Category: Accident

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