As we enter the winter holiday season, many people may find themselves preparing to depart for an exciting cruise vacation. While cruises can be an enjoyable and relaxing way to spend time with family and friends, it is important to remember that accidents and injuries can still take place at sea.
As maritime lawyers, we understand the many risks that you face, as you prepare to embark on your highly anticipated cruise. And while we do not want to take away from the excitement you may be feeling, we would like to offer a few tips for having a safe and memorable vacation, free from accident or injury.
Read the Fine Print
Many cruise passengers never bother to read the fine print on their ticket. However, your ticket contains information that could become very useful, if you become injured at sea. In most cases, individuals who become sick or injured due to their cruise line’s negligence must place the cruise line on notice of their potential claim within 120 days of the event and initiate a lawsuit within in one year. The fine print also requires that all claims be brought in federal court in the Southern District of Florida. If you fail to timely file a lawsuit in the correct forum, then you will likely be barred from bringing a claim and find yourself unable to receive the justice you deserve. Taking the time to fully understand the legal agreement laid out in your ticket before tragedy strikes is important. This way, you’ll know exactly what you and your family may be getting into.
Get Approval from your Doctor
Unfortunately, many cruise ship medical personnel are not equipped to handle serious medical emergencies. If you have a chronic condition and worry you may need medical assistance while at sea, we always recommend getting approval from your doctor before you travel. However, it may also be worthwhile to research the standards your cruise line uses when hiring their medical staff. We have found that, in many cases, cruise doctors do not meet U.S. standards. This means that you may receive sub-par care that could even worsen your condition.
Expect the Best, Prepare for the Worst
Although no one wants to go into a cruise with a pessimistic outlook, it is far better to be prepared for the worst case scenario, than to be taken by surprise. Before you depart, brush up on steps to take if you are injured on a ship. A little bit of homework beforehand, can make your life exponentially easier, should anything go awry. Additionally, we recommend having a notebook or other device handy for documenting any evidence of cruise crime that you may need to remember later. Our Cruise Ship Lawyer App is a convenient way to keep all of your evidence in one place.
Let LMAW, PA Help You Navigate Your Case
If you do happen to suffer an accident or injury at sea, you can rest assured that you are not alone. Our team of maritime lawyers is ready to help you handle your case and fight for your rights at every available opportunity.
So before your legal situation spins out of control, make sure you have a trusted team on your side. Ready to face your situation head on? Then do not hesitate to contact us.