Cruise Ship Injuries
Have you suffered injury while on a cruise ship in South Carolina? The ports in Charleston allow millions to cruise from South Carolina waters each year. A cruise ship is essentially a floating city, and just like your home town, injures occur on these boats. Cruise ship injuries range from simple cuts and bruises to catastrophic injury claims. Often passengers will not seek full medical treatment until he or she is back home. Permanent injuries likewise may not show themselves until months after the cruise has ended.
What do I do if I am injured on a Cruise Ship?
The statute of limitations for a cruise ship injury case is ONE year. There is also a mandatory 6-month notice provision usually found on your boarding ticket. Defense of cruise ship injuries in Charleston will often involve challenging the notice requirement. It is imperative that you seek legal help immediately after your cruise so that the defense cannot trigger the notice requirement or bar the claim due to the short statute of limitations.
Where do I file the lawsuit?
Many of the major players in the cruise line industry require the cases to be filed in the state of Florida. These cruise-lines include:
- Carnival Cruise Lines
- Royal Caribbean
- Norwegian Cruise Lines
- Celebrity Cruise Line
- Disney Cruise Lines
- several others
The cruise lines use forum selection to keep cases in Florida due to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Carnival Cruise Line, Inc. v. Shute, 499 U.S. 585 (1991)
If you or a loved one have been hurt on vacation, call us to review your case facts and see how we can help you. 843-839-4111