An injury can occur anywhere, at any time, including on a cruise ship during
your only vacation of the year. If you are (unfortunately) injured, who’s
The staff? The ship’s operator? Below we’ll discuss who may be liable for your injuries and determining
A common carrier, such as a cruise ship, is a company that transports people
or goods on a regular route at set fees. The laws surrounding injuries
that occur on common carriers are different than those that occur at restaurants,
shopping malls and other businesses on land. Due to strict laws regarding
safety and labor in the U.S., most cruise ships are registered in laxer
countries and for this reason, maritime laws are usually in effect. This means anyone injured must prove the cruise ship’s operator
must have known (or reasonably known) about a hazard that would cause
In order for a lawsuit to be eligible, you must prove intent or negligence
on behalf of the cruise ship. For example, a reasonably careful cruse
chip operator should have known that the railing was loose before a passenger
tripped and fell down a flight of stairs. If the fall occurred because
the person was drunk or due to the weather, the cruise ship operators
may not be liable. You will need to find witnesses, injury experts and
other evidence that proves the operator’s negligence to have a chance
at winning your case. In addition, the cruise ship’s operator can
be found liable for your injuries if you were assaulted by a staff member.
When you purchase a cruise ship ticket, you agree to a legal contract with
many stipulations that release the ship operator from being liable for
injuries caused by various circumstances, including emotional distress.
In addition, the contract may contain a statute of limitations unique
to maritime law and a “forum-selection clause,” which dictates
where you can file a lawsuit.
If you have been injured on a cruise ship, contact our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers
at Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. at (888) 499-6206.