Typically, claims need to be filed in the state/location indicated on the back of the ticket. Usually, the passenger’s cruise ticket informs in its fine print that claims and lawsuits for bodily injury must be brought within one year of the accident in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, in Miami-Dade County, Florida. For example, if you are injured on January 1, 2016, you must file a Florida cruise ship accident claim by January 1, 2017.
Typically, claims need to be filed in the state/location indicated on the back of the ticket.
Unfortunately, it is to this day a common mistake that cruise accident victims try to file their cases on the location of the incident or at their home residence.
Crucial information about the time-frame within which passengers can file a valid claim is handed to them from the first moment: the ticket or contract signed with the cruise line states not only the location where a claim may be filed, but also the time by which the cruise line needs to be informed about injuries and the intent to file a claim.
If you suffered a cruise injury in the Miami area it is recommended to contact cruise injury lawyer Sean M. Cleary and determine together when to act and what legal course to take. Call our Miami based office at 305.416.9805.