Do I need to hire a maritime attorney for my cruise ship injury case?
If you have been hurt on a cruise ship or during a cruise vacation, it is in your best interest to contact a lawyer who specializes in maritime law. The legal rules that are applied to cruise ship injury cases are different from those that are applied to a land-based personal injury claim. Many lawyers who practice in general personal injury are not familiar with these rules, which can often have a large effect on the outcome of a case. For example, the timeline for filing a lawsuit (should your claim make it to that point) for a cruise ship injury case is different from a land-based injury case. If you hire a lawyer who does not know the proper time limit to file (called the “statute of limitations”) your case can be time barred for failure to file suit within the deadline, meaning you would lose your opportunity to sue the cruise line forever.
This is just one example of many important differences between personal injury cases falling under maritime law and cases that are land-based. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on a cruise ship or cruise vacation, it is in your interest to contact a lawyer who is familiar with the maritime rules. Call or email our Florida maritime injury lawyers at Munch and Munch, P.A. for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your potential case.