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Injuries sustained on cruise ships

When you go on a cruise in Alaska, you usually expect to have a good time, not sustain injuries. Some people are injured on cruise ships, though. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, we know that receiving compensation for these wounds can be more complicated than you may think.

After you are injured on a cruise ship, it is important that you understand the deadline for filing a claim. FindLaw says that many cruise lines have a notice-requirement clause. This means that you may have only a year to file a claim for any physical harm you sustain. You can usually find the time limit on the back of your ticket. Additionally, your ticket will likely have information about the cruise line's liability policies, as well as list the state where you will need to file your claim. This state may not always be Alaska or your state of residence, so it is important to pay close attention to this information.

Most of the time, negligence must play a role in your injuries. If you are hurt because one of the crew members did not use proper precautions, the cruise line is usually liable. It can sometimes be more difficult to prove negligence was involved if your injuries were not caused by a specific crew member. This is because you generally need to demonstrate the ship operator knew about hazards such as cracked railings when the ship set sail.

You can sustain injuries on a ship in a variety of circumstances. You may be wounded because you either tripped or slipped. Your injuries may also come from more serious situations, such as sexual or physical assault. More information about this subject can be found on our webpage.  

 

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