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Special Cruise Ship Injury Provisions

michigan cruise ship provisionsMichigan cruise ship injury lawyers must have a detailed knowledge and understanding of the special laws and regulations 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. 

Cruise Ship Contract Provisions

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. This means 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. 

The 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 or 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
  • Hurtigruten
  • 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

Contact Our Michigan Cruise Ship Attorneys

If you or a loved one was injured in a cruise ship accident you may be entitled to compensation. Call our lawyers at (800) 606-1717 and tell us your story. We can advise you of your best course of action. If we believe you have a claim, we will begin work on your case immediately. Of course, we will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means you will be nothing unless we are able to reach a settlement for you. There is absolutely nothing to lose, call us today! 

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