How Much Time Do I Have to Sue a Cruise Line for Personal Injuries?
What is the Statute of Limitations for suing a cruise line for personal injuries? The time and place in which a lawsuit may be brought against a cruise line is often controlled by the cruise line. The ticket for the cruise usually limits the location where a lawsuit may be commenced, the time within the cruise line must be put on notice, and the time during which a lawsuit must be commenced. The venue for the lawsuit is often different from where you live, or where the cruise started or ended from, however a passenger is bound by the language in the ticketing agreement. The time to start a lawsuit is usually shorter than the statute of limitations for similar land based claims. It is common for cruise lines to require: That they be given written notice of the claim within 180 days of the incident; and that lawsuits against them be commenced within one year of the incident. Many cruise lines leaving from U.S. ports set Miami Florida as the location where the action must be brought. However, the above is not always the case. It is important to read the language on the "ticket" to find out exactly what your rights are and discuss any questions with a lawyer experienced in handling personal injury cases. The "ticket", "guest ticket contract" or other similiarly named document can often be found on the cruise company's web site along with other pre-boarding information. If you have been injured in an accident while on a cruise you may call the personal injury law firm of Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C. at 1-800-LAWLINE (1-800-529-5463) for a free consultation. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis and there are no attorney's fees unless there is a recovery.