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    Cruise ship accident claims

    If you suffer an avoidable accident on a cruise ship, you may be entitled to compensation.

    Compensation may help to cover any financial loss you have suffered, or may go on to suffer, due to your cruise ship injury. It may also be paid in recognition of the time you were unable to enjoy the cruise and your pain and suffering.

    Our cruise ship accident lawyers are here to help if you think you may have a claim.

    What type of cruise accident can I claim for?

    Accidents can happen for a number of reasons including:

    • Slips and trips on board
    • Faulty equipment
    • Whilst in the process of embarking and disembarking
    • Accidents during excursions
    • Negligent medical treatment provided by the cruise ship medical team
    • Assaults
    • Swimming pool related incidents

    How are cruise ship injury claims dealt with?

    The Athens Convention may apply to your claim. This convention deals with a carrier’s responsibility for death and injury to passengers together with loss and damage to luggage.

    What time limits apply to accidents on cruise ships?

    The Athens Convention imposes a two-year time limit from the date of disembarkation.  Therefore, it is important to speak with a legal expert as soon as possible and they can advise whether this two-year limit or another time scale may apply.

    What is required to make a cruise ship accident claim?

    It is important to report the accident to a member of staff and obtain an accident report. Photographs of the accident location are also helpful together with details of anyone who may have witnessed the accident.

    The cruise ship may have CCTV of the accident location and you may wish to ask them to keep this evidence and for it not to be destroyed.

    If medical attention is required the onboard medical team should be in a position to assist.

    Documents relating to your cruise booking will also be required in order to establish who may be responsible for dealing with any claim.

    If your accident has occurred during an excursion organised as part of your cruise the booking documents for this excursion will also be required. Having sight of any additional documents you may have been provided with relating to the excursion would also be helpful.

    In the case that you only booked the excursion once you had already started your cruise holiday, any brochures or leaflets and booking or payment receipts will be helpful.

    Unfortunately, one day whilst embarking the cruise ship, having spent some time onshore, Jane fell and suffered injury to her leg and knee.

    Jane and her husband booked a cruise to Scandinavia.

    Unfortunately, one day whilst embarking the cruise ship, having spent some time onshore, Jane fell and suffered injury to her leg and knee.

    She received initial treatment from the onboard doctor but was unable to enjoy the remainder of the holiday as a result of her cruise accident.

    We were successful in reaching a settlement with the defendant in respect of the injuries sustained and financial losses incurred by Jane. We recovered compensation for the financial cost of additional assistance in the garden and care and assistance provided whilst she recovered from her injuries.

    What can I claim for following my accident on a cruise ship?

    You can look to pursue a claim for compensation for the injury sustained and associated pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

    You can also look to recover any financial losses you have incurred as a result of the accident which may include medication, private treatment, additional costs to attend medical appointments and loss of earnings.

    Depending on when the accident happened you may also be able to claim for loss of enjoyment of the remainder of your holiday.

    Need help following an injury on a cruise ship?

    Our expert team have helped many people who were injured during the course of their cruise. We understand the complexities that can be involved with making a claim for an injury on holiday, and will be there to help you every step of the way.

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