Where to File a Cruise Claim
As a cruise injury victim, it is important to find out where to bring your cruise accident case. Most passenger contracts have a provision which states where a lawsuit should be brought. This is called a Forum Selection Clause. Some forum selection clauses in cruise contracts require that a claim be brought in a certain city, while others are more specific and require a lawsuit to be brought in a particular courthouse.
Carnival Corporation, for example, generally requires all injury cases to be filed against them in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division. This means if you file suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Ft Lauderdale Division, your case may be dismissed.
Royal Caribbean may allow a lawsuit to be filed in either State or Federal Court in Miami, depending on the value of the case.
Venue may be chosen regardless of where in the world your cruise accident occurred
The choice of venue in a cruise injury case is based on contract. That is, when you agree to go on a cruise, you are agreeing to the terms in the passenger contract. Whether you live in Illinois, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, California, or even England or Italy, if your cruise contract requires a lawsuit to be filed in Miami, Florida and you sue them somewhere else, your case could be barred forever.
Co-Counsel with other Cruise Lawyers
If you already have an attorney in your state and need a cruise lawyer in Miami, we can co-counsel with your lawyer at no additional cost to you.
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