Cruise ship law covers everything from being robbed to be assaulted and having an accident to being attacked by pirates. While you may think it is significantly safer on a ship than flying to a foreign country and exploring, you will find the statistics are very much the same. The difference is than on a ship you get a once in a lifetime experience where you enjoy life on board, visiting new countries and making new friends along the way.
Cruise ships are expected to provide you with safe transport. Of course there are times when this doesn’t go exactly to plan, even though the cruise company has taken all the relevant steps to ensure your safety. In the event of an accident or incident on board, you have the right to file a claim. The claim should be handled by a professional and experienced injury lawyer as soon as you get home and have your feet on stable ground.
What many passengers who find themselves ill or injured while at sea don’t realize is that claims are subject to cruise ship law. This means that you need to follow a strict protocol. This protocol is known and understood by injury lawyers who specialize in maritime law and can provide you with the information and assistance you need to successfully file a claim within the agreed time frame.
Another thing you may not realize is that not all cruise ships are from your country, this means that they are regulated by the law in the country they are registered. This can be exceptionally confusing as the law in one country often varies from that of another.
The good news is that when sailing international waters, they are all regulated by the international laws, which should be fully understood by your cruise ship injury lawyer. The international regulations require that all crew are trained, the crew should be competent in what they do, there should be adequate fire safety procedures and equipment in place and there should be lifesaving on board. In addition to this the ship is required to have specific navigational equipment and safety management in place.
The ship company is responsible to ensure that each and every passenger is protected from physical harm. Of course there are those few occasions where passengers will find themselves injured, whether they slip on a wet deck, fall in their cabin bathroom or fall down some stairs.
In the event of a passenger going missing, whether they fall overboard or go offshore during an excursion and get lost, it is up to the cruise company to follow set search and rescue protocols, doing what they can to find the passenger in the shortest period of time.
All injury lawyers will ask to see your ticket. On the back of your ticket you will find the process that is to be followed when it comes to filing a claim in the event of an injury. This will include the time frame the cruise company allows, which can be anything from six months to one year in which you have the right to claim.