Where to File a Cruise Claim

Where to file a Cruise Passenger injury claim

Our Florida cruise passenger injury lawyers have handled hundreds of cruise injury claims. If you were injured on a Carnival cruise, or Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, NCL or Disney Cruise Lines, you may have a cruise passenger injury claim. You may only have between 6 months to a year to bring your claim, and you may be limited to where you can actually file the claim, often in Florida.

If you need a Florida cruise passenger lawyer, call the Law Offices of Jason Turchin at 800-337-7755 today for a free consultation. Many major cruise companies require that any claim against them for personal injury has to be brought in a specific city, often Miami, Ft. Lauderdale or Orlando. You could be entitled to get reimbursed for your cruise fare, plus additional money for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.

The Cruise Accident Forum Selection Clause

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.

If you try to file the lawsuit in your home state and the case is dismissed, you may miss the deadline to refile it in Florida. Most cruise passenger contracts limit the time for you to file the cruise passenger lawsuit to just one year from the date of incident.

Venue may be chosen regardless of where in the world your cruise accident occurred

The choice of venue in a cruise injury case is usually 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. We often work with lawyers in other states who tried to settle their client's Carnival or Royal Caribbean cruise passenger injury claim to no avail.

Our Florida cruise lawyers are admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts, as well as all three Federal US District Courts in Florida.


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