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How To Sue a Cruise Line?

Charles R. Lipcon

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Charles R. Lipcon is the firm’s founder and one of the preeminent maritime attorneys in the United States. Mr. Lipcon has been handling maritime lawsuits – including personal injury, wrongful death, sexual assault and rape – for over 40 years. In that time, he and his firm have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for their clients.

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The cruise ship accident attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. work tirelessly to get results for injured cruise ship passengers, and our extensive experience across seven offices in the United States makes that a possibility. Our team is dedicated to making our experience work for you, from our recognition as one of the “Best Law Firms” ® by US News & World Report every year since 2016, to our many television and specials appearances as leading cruise ship injury and maritime lawyers.

Following a cruise line’s failure to keep you safe, you may have a cruise ship lawsuit in mind. Crew members may have failed to keep you safe due to negligence that put you in danger. Fortunately, experienced maritime lawyers can file a lawsuit on behalf of cruise injury victims, seeking compensation for their suffering. If you need help on how to sue a cruise line, do not hesitate to reach out. Our attorneys can guide you through all the following steps to pursue the compensation you deserve.

Holding Cruise Lines Accountable

When you are injured on a cruise line, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the cruise company. A cruise ship accident may be caused by any number of reasons, but in many cases, the cruise ship company is responsible for failing to exercise reasonable care for passengers, preventing physical harm, illness, or even wrongful death.

When cruise ships fail to protect cruise passengers like you, our team is prepared to take on your cruise ship injury case, including cases against cruise companies, including:

Where to Sue a Cruise Line

To sue a cruise line, you must first determine where your claim should be filed. Generally, this is included in the terms and conditions contained within your cruise ticket contract. For example, many cruise lines require injured passengers to file their lawsuits exclusively in the United States district court for the Southern District of Florida. Other cruise lines require lawsuits to be filed in Seattle, Washington or Los Angeles, California. And some cruise lines require lawsuits to be brought exclusively in foreign locations, like Basel, Switzerland or Genoa, Italy.

Our cruise ship injury lawyers have offices in eight locations across the United States and a network of lawyers located in foreign jurisdictions, so you can get the support you need all over the United States coastal regions and internationally. Once you know where to file, you can then begin making arrangements to sue.

File Within State Time Limits

Keep in mind that there are strict deadlines for claims. In most states, you only have a few years to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file on time, your claim may be dismissed, leaving you without compensation that could help you recover from your serious injuries.

The good news is that your attorney can help you file within these time limits. Reach out for the support you need to act on time.

Notice of Intent to Sue

In your passenger contract, you may have specific guidance about providing written notice of your claim before you sue. Many contracts state that you will need to provide details about the accident in writing within months of the accident—the specific number will depend on your contract.

If you do not prepare and provide this information in a timely manner, you may be giving up your right to sue the cruise line, so do not hesitate to act. Your cruise ship accident lawyer can help you prepare this information and sue on time.

How Long Will My Claim Take?

Your recovery is your first concern, and you may be worried about getting your funds quickly. Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed time limit for your case. Your claim’s timeline may depend on these elements, among others:

  • The nature of the injuries or death
  • The severity of your injuries
  • The response by the cruise line
  • The schedule of the particular court

While a specific timeline cannot be guaranteed, our firm does work hard to get you results in a timely manner. We understand how dire your recovery is and we work hard to get each of our clients justice, closure, and compensation.

Know Your Claim’s Value

Before you sue, know how much compensation you may be due before you file. Without this information, it is easy to settle for less—many injured passengers accept a settlement offer, only to find that amount is simply not enough.

If you have been injured on a cruise ship, reach out to an attorney for guidance with the following economic and non-economic damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium

Do Not Hesitate to Contact a Cruise Ship Attorney

As an injured passenger, you may have grounds to sue cruise lines like Carnival Cruise, Disney, and more. Yet, without the right tools and legal experience on your side, this can feel impossible. Injured passengers may struggle to understand their passenger contract, calculate the full value of their injuries, and take action against these giant corporations.

If you have suffered a cruise injury, do not let the size of these companies or the complex nature of your case prevent you from suing for dangerous negligence, from swimming pool accidents to slip-and-fall claims.

Cruise Line Accident FAQ

Cruise ships depart every day from the United States east coast, west coast, and Gulf of Mexico. Accidents can happen at any time between departure and arrival at the end of your cruise. Unfortunately, no passenger who sues cruise lines for their injuries has all the answers for their claim.

If you are suing a cruise line and need answers, speak with our team to get the detailed guidance you need for your claim. While you wait for your free consultation, check out our most commonly asked questions below.

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Our Legal Professionals Are Here to Help You Maximize Your Claim’s Potential

Our team offers over 200 years of combined experience in admiralty law, maritime law, and cruise ship injury lawsuits. Our lawyers include Board Certified experts in maritime law. Located in seven offices across the U.S., Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has won more than $300 million for our clients since we first opened in 1971. No matter what cruise line you are considering a lawsuit against, we have the tools and resources to handle your case.

When your cruise vacation goes wrong, you may need specific guidance when dealing with the cruise industry. If you are unsure how to sue a cruise line, know that there are resources and law firms, including ours, that can guide you through this process. If you are seeking help with your lawsuit, do not hesitate to reach out for a free consultation. Give us a call at 877-233-1238 or fill out our online contact form to learn more.

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