Notice of Claim
Attorneys Protecting Your Right to Seek Compensation
No matter what cruise line you were sailing on, somewhere in the terms and conditions of your ticket contract is a requirement to provide the company with written notice of any claim before you can actually commence a lawsuit.
With most cruise lines, the time limit for providing this notice is six months, but keep in mind that this is not set in stone and that the time limit may be much shorter in your case. As unfair as this may sound, the notice of claim requirement is non-negotiable and has generally been upheld by the courts as a valid contractual term.
You should know that most cruise ship ticket contracts also specify where you have to send the notice of claim, which is usually to the company's main office.
Last, if you were injured as a cruise ship passenger and do not provide the cruise line with the notice of claim as required by your contract – you will almost certainly lose your legal right to file a lawsuit.
For these reasons and more, it is in your best interests to speak to an experienced lawyer about what happened as soon as possible.
More Than 50 Years of Combined Experience
Seattle Maritime Attorneys (not a partnership) represents the combined skills, knowledge and maritime law experience offered by sole practitioners Gordon Webb and John Merriam.
Working together, and with other maritime law attorneys nationwide when needed, we have been effectively asserting the rights of injured cruise ship passengers for more than 50 years. Today, we regularly handle Jones Act and maritime injury cases originating from around the globe and from all parts of the North American continent — including the Gulf of Alaska, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
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).