Cruise Liner or Ferry Accidents- When Can I Claim?
If you have been injured on a Cruise Liner or Ferry you may be able to claim compensation.
Because there are strict time limits for bringing claims for accidents at sea you should not delay in getting legal advice on what has happened to find out if you can claim.
The owners of a cruise liner, ferry or boat have duty of care to their passengers. Put simply this means that they must ensure that the conditions at sea are safe and that your journey runs safely and smoothly. If this does not occur you may be entitled to compensation.
There are a number of common types of problem that occur on cruise ships or ferries. Obviously, the most dramatic type is when a ship collides with something at sea causing injuries to passengers. Aside from this – which thankfully happens relatively rarely- the main other difficulties are food poisoning and accidents where the ship has not been properly maintained or cleaned- causing trips and slips.
When food poisoning occurs on a cruise ship or ferry the effects are worse than on shore normally. This is because it is likely that the source will have infected many of the passengers before is it discovered. In some cases the injuries and effects have been relatively mild lasting only a few days but others have been more serious cases of e coli food poisoning Recent cases of serious outbreaks occurred on the Sea Princess and The Van Gogh cruise ships.
If you have been injured or suffered any form of food poisoning aboard a ship or ferry you do need specialist legal advice. This is because such claims are covered by the Athens Convention and the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage at Sea Protocol. This sets out the circumstances when you may claim, the standards that apply and more importantly who you can claim against and which country the claim should be brought.
It is vital that you obtain legal advice as soon as possible after the event so that you can explain to your Solicitor what has happened and they will be able to deal with the issues raised by the Convention Protocol as they apply in your case.
If you have been involved in an accident on a Cruise Liner or Ferry we can deal with your case on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that if we discover there is no claim that can be made, or if it is unsuccessful you do not need to pay a penny in legal costs.