Many people do not know this, but if you are injured aboard a cruise ship, many cruise lines require the injured passenger to bring suit against the cruise line in Miami, Florida. Often times there is also a time limit for the potential suit, it must be filed within 1 year of the incident. This is important because we at the Hickey Law Firm, P.A. have been in the field of maritime law, the law which governs cruise ships, for over 25 years.
There are 3 general categories of passenger claims:
1. Personal Injury – This would include slip and falls, or other injuries which occur on the cruise ship or on a cruise ship sponsored shore excursion.
2. Cruise Ship Medical Malpractice – Cruise ships are responsible to provide and infirmary and knowledgeable medical personnel, such as physicians, nurses, etc. When the ship’s medical procedures, facilities, and personnel provide inadequate medical care, resulting in further injury, the cruise line may be guilty of medical malpractice.
3. Sexual Assault – Sexual assaults occur all too often aboard cruise ships. The ship has a duty to keep their passengers safe, and often times sexual assaults result from negligence on the part of the cruise line. Jack Hickey actually testified in front of the U.S. Congress in March 2007.
Hickey Law Firm, P.A. – Miami Injury Attorneys