Where will I have to file my lawsuit?
Most, if not all, of the cruise lines include what is called a “forum selection clause” in the passenger ticket. The effect of this clause is that if you choose to sue the cruise line, you are required to file your lawsuit in the forum (court) of its choice. These forum selection clauses highlight several advantages you would gain from hiring our Florida maritime injury lawyers at Munch and Munch, P.A. First, as experienced maritime injury lawyers, we know to look in the passenger ticket and what to look for to be sure that your claim is handled appropriately and timely according to the binding language of the passenger ticket. Second, as many of the major cruise lines require that your case be filed in Miami, Florida, we can assure you that we are willing to, and routinely do travel to Miami (and other cities in Florida) to handle matters on behalf of our clients. Third, most, if not all, of the cruise lines require that your case be filed in federal court. As most maritime cases are handled in federal court, we have years of experience representing our clients in this forum. Finally, we have good working relationships with many other experienced maritime lawyers throughout the country. If your case is not one that can be filed in Florida, we will be able to put you in contact with a lawyer who is licensed in the appropriate state (if the case cannot be settled before filing a lawsuit).
The forum selection issue is just one of many quirks unique cruise ship injury cases. With over 30 years experience working in maritime law, our cruise ship injury lawyers at Munch and Munch, P.A. are uniquely qualified to handle your potential claim. If you or a loved one has been injured during a cruise vacation, call or email our cruise ship injury lawyers at Munch and Munch, P.A. for a free assessment of your potential claim.