Know Before You Cruise (Passenger Beware)
No matter how careful you try to be on a cruise ship, you could still be injured in an accident. What you may not know is that the first and best way to protect your own legal rights is to take just a bit of time before you cruise, educating yourself about the terms and conditions you agreed to when you bought your ticket and learning about what to do if you do get hurt.
At Seattle Maritime Attorneys, we have the legal knowledge and skills it takes to obtain full compensation and more than 50 years of combined experience representing injured cruise ship passengers throughout the United States. To learn more about the qualities we have to offer or how they can benefit you, contact our offices in the Puget Sound area of Washington State for a free consultation.
Two Ways You Can Start Protecting Yourself Today
1.) Read the terms and conditions on the ticket. This information is critical to any legal claims you may have resulting from an accident, illness or wrongful death. Specific terms, such as the city or state where you have to file your claim, may vary but generally speaking — you will probably be required to give the cruise line a written notice of your claims within six months and file your lawsuit within one year.
2.) Have an "accident plan" in place. Many of the conditions that can cause an accident are temporary or easily fixed. As part of your plan, insist that an official report detailing the incident be prepared by ship personnel. Second, seek medical attention and complain about any part of your body that was injured, no matter how severe or minor. Third, protect your claim by obtaining the names and contact information of passengers or cruise ship employees who may be witnesses or have knowledge about the incident — and by taking photographs of any defective conditions that may have contributed to the accident.
Washington Maritime Lawyers ∙
Nationwide Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys
Maritime cruise passenger injury attorneys John Merriam and Gordon Webb are sole practitioners who have been working together for many years on cases like yours — from the Gulf of Alaska, to the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and places around the world.
To put our experience on your side and your case in good hands — contact us and schedule a free initial consultation. Our nationwide toll-free number is 877.800.1007. Our local numbers are 425.454.3800 (Bellevue) and 206.729.5252 (Seattle).