Welcome to our cruise ship personal injury page. A little about us. We are specialists in admiralty and law of the sea cases, with millions recovered in financial compensation for our clients. These cases can involve allegations of murder, assault, orthopaedic injuries, or even lost luggage. And you should know that special maritime or admiralty law and rules usually apply to cruise liner injury claims cases, assuming the passenger’s injury happened out at sea, in international waters. This is true even if the claimant suffered an infectious disease like the plague, or was raped by a cruise ship employee.
This means that prosecuting these types of actions is an arduous and more complex process than an ordinary negligence case. Other rules may apply if the tragedy or injuries were sustained in a location such as California territorial waters, or U.S. coastal waters. Ehline Law is leading the fight against existing laws that favor the cruise ship companies. Our lead attorney, Michael Ehline was voted Cruise Ship Attorney of the Year, and also lobbies congress, along with the International Cruise Victims (ICV), to strengthen the “Passenger’s Bill of Rights“. But in the meantime, you have to jump through hoops to get a case like this off the ground, and we have the technical expertise to make it happen. For example, most attorneys don’t even know that when on a cruise, you are under the law of the foreign flag the ship is sailing under, not United States laws. Thus substantially effects your legal rights, duties and obligations. So if the standard flying on the vessel is Norway, this indicates that the your legal rights are probably primarily governed under Norwegian law(s). If the vessel is flying a Bahamanian flag, you are in the Bahamas with the exception of the treaty, or flag is Panamanian, you are in Panama. If the flag is Bahamanian, you are in the Bahamas. There are very few exceptions to this rule, such as a convention, or if the vessel is sailing in state or federal U.S. waters at the time of the disaster. We are ready assist both American, and international cruise victims and have a proven track record for doing just that. We really do “make it happen”
Experienced Lawyer For Injuries At Sea
Ehline Law Firm PC offers experienced cruise ship claims lawyers to injury victims all across the world. Michael P. Ehline, Esq., is a prominent, recognized legal advocate (Read CNN Article), and he works hand in hand with Miami cruise ship lawyers. Our local law firm is experienced in maritime claims, and we are local to all of California for tour boat passengers, as well as Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Canaveral cruise liner injuries.
As California cruise ship injuries claims attorneys, we handle Princess Cruise Liner cases in Los Angeles and San Pedro Courts, because claims against this entity must be made in these jurisdictions under the passage contract. 1
(B) Forum and Jurisdiction for Legal Action:
(i) Claims for Injury, Illness or Death: All claims involving Emotional harm, bodily injury, illness to or death of any Passenger whatsoever arising out of or relating to this Passage Contract or Your Cruise shall be litigated before a court of competent jurisdiction located in the County of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., to the exclusion of the courts of any other country, state, city, municipality, county or locale. You consent to jurisdiction and waive any objection that may be available to any such action being brought in such courts. (Read more here.)
Unfortunately, many cruise ship vacations are not always a smooth sailing affair, and may depart from Miami and arrive in California. Shipboard calamities involving injuries at sea can ruin your vacation, and result in grievous bodily harm or worse, the graveyard.
A wreck or mishap at sea can result in the tragic loss of loved ones. It could be a man overboard, or a rape and murder.
You, yourself, may have suffered an infectious disease on a cruise ship. Unsuspecting passenger victims like you are left out at sea without a paddle unless you retain experienced advocates to help recover damages for your bodily harm. You may have been the victim of a stomach virus like norovirus, Norwalk-like viruses or even guinea worm disease from when you were a passenger in the Western Caribbean, for example.
These are some of the other afflictions that can occur aboard ship:
- Sickness from food poisoning or negligence in exposing passengers to communicable diseases.
- Sexual assault or rape by a crewmember or passenger.
- Negligent medical care, medical malpractice or inadequate medical personnel
- Accidental death, wrongful death and missing passengers
- Injuries due to collisions at sea, in port or due to defective equipment
- Personal injuries including slip and fall accidents or swimming drowning.
Without proper legal advice, liability may be hard to establish against the corporation and/or crew–thus pouring salt water in a tort victim’s wounds. Many horrible things happen on cruise ships to weary travelers that necessitate legal counsel. Tragedies on the high seas are all things seen a lot in the news lately, but little is known about the legal inner working of these types of cases. The best rated attorneys, such as Ehline should be able to help you navigate your maritime case.
If you or a loved one departed from a California port on a cruise ship vacation and were injured, look no further. We help victims who reside in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, as well as tourists from around the world.
Time is Always of the Essence Under the Princess Passenger Contract
As discussed above, Princess Cruise ship lines often designate Los Angeles, California, as the legal venue for an injured plaintiff to bring a claim against Princess cruises for injuries that occur aboard Princess vessels. Most claims involving Miami based cruises are the same with the sister companies of Princess seeking the venue in that state. Some of these sister travel and competing corporations elect Miami as the venue to bring the claim. Most of these shipping companies make it a a condition in the fine print of the ocean liner passenger’s tickets, to shorten the statute in which to bring a claim or lawsuit. This is why we associate in Florida attorneys to help us if we can’t settle your claim in California. That way, your rights are protected.
Retaining Experienced Cruise Line Negligence Lawyers Must Be Done Quickly to Preserve Important Legal Rights
Many commercial ships have rules that require you to file a negligence claim within a few months (typically six), or you can’t sue in court! If you or a loved one a passenger on a Princess Cruise Liner, or someone who was injured on any of these vessels, such as Carnival, Canaveral, Celebrity, Commodore, Costa, Cunard, Disney, Norwegian, Princess, Radisson, Renaissance, Royal Caribbean, Seaborne, and other passenger vessels like SilverSea Cruise Lines, you may be barred from suing under admiralty law.
Read the Passage Contract
They are allowed to use passenger tickets to limit the normal two or three year statute of limitations. For example, they are allowed to use a forum selection clause making the port of departure the only legal venue for an injury claim to be litigated. Most of the major ocean liners are based in Los Angeles, California, designate Los Angeles, California, as the legal venue where a cruise line may be sued.
This means that if a passenger sues a shipping line somewhere else, in a far off jurisdiction like Florida for example, and ignores the forum selection clause, the law suit will typically be dismissed. If that happens, and the one year statute has already expired, the passenger will be left with no legal recovery against the cruise line at all! If you have suffered a misfortune on any kind of cruise ship vessel, don’t delay -contact us right now! Our people are not just professionals, we are movers and shakers. We will move immediately to protect your legal interests! Call the Ehline Law Firm PC 24 hour hotline for cruise ship claims now at 888-400-9721.