Q: I was hurt on a cruise ship – what should I do?
To many client’s surprise, your cruise ship’s ticket package gives you the ability to board the ship but it also takes away some of your important legal rights. In New York State, for example, you normally have three (3) years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit and you can file that lawsuit in almost any court where you live. Your cruise ship ticket package severely limits your time in which to file a lawsuit against the cruise ship company to one (1) year from the date of the accident. You also are required to bring your lawsuit in the federal or state court’s of Florida, where most of the major cruise ship companies are based, regardless of where you live. Many lawyers are unaware of these unfair provisions contained in the cruise ship ticket package and can cause you to miss out on any potential recovery that you would have made for your injuries. Although unfair, the court’s have upheld these provision as perfectly legal. What it really does is insulate the cruise ship companies, big business to the State of Florida, from the cost of their negligence.