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Special Cruise Ship Injury Provisions

Michigan cruise ship injury lawyers must have a detailed knowledge and understanding of the special laws and regulation that apply to cruise ship injury claims.  Specifically, there are special provisions that the cruise lines insert in their boarding documents (the documents you receive prior to your cruise) to shorten the time period that you have to provide them with notice of your injury and to shorten the statute of limitations. 

The statute of limitations is the time period before which you have to file a lawsuit.  Cruise lines have been limiting their statute of limitations to one year from the injury – meaning you just have one year to file suit (in the proper court) or you will be forever barred from recovering damages.  If you do not file a timely claim, it will be lost forever. T

he notice period given by cruise lines is even shorter in most instances; with the cruise line requiring notice of the injury within three or six months of the event.  If you fail to meet one of these deadlines it could be the difference between recovery for your pain, suffering, medical bills and lost wages and getting nothing at all.  Having a travel law attorney review your cruise ship documents early on makes sense to avoid the harsh injustice of the statute of limitations and the notice periods found in your cruise tickets.

Cruise lines are also putting special clauses in their contracts, called forum selection clauses which try to dictate where a lawsuit can be filed.   These clauses are inserted in the boarding documents to confuse and scare the injured passenger.  For instance Holland American Cruises’ boarding documents mandate that suits are filed in the state of Washington.  These clauses are only partially effective and any experienced travel injury lawyer will evaluate the forum selection language with all the operative facts to determine where a suit should be filed. 

Our experienced Michigan cruise ship injury attorneys have the necessary expertise to review these issues, at no cost to you during your consultation. Our firm handles cases against a number of cruise lines, including:

American Cruise Lines
Azamara Cruises
Carnival Cruise Lines
Celebrity Cruises
Costa Cruises
Crystal Cruises
Cunard Line
Disney Cruise Line
Holland America Line
Majestic America Line
MSC Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line
Oceania Cruises
Orient Lines
Pearl Seas Cruises
Princess Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Royal Caribbean International
Seabourn Cruise Line
SeaDream Yacht Club
Silversea Cruises
Uniworld Grand River Cruises
Windstar Cruises

If you were injured in a cruise ship accident, you should contact our firm immediately.

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