Cruise Ship & Personal Injury claims

Cruise Ship & Personal Injury claims

Cruise accidents have hit the headlines a number of times in recent months.  When the Costa Concordia ran aground near a Tuscan island in January, 32 people died, some were injured and two are still missing. In the same month, the MSC Poesia ran aground in shallow waters two miles off Grand Bahama.  No one was reportedly injured but some suffered shock from the crash.

The operators of the Costa Concordia will face what is thought to be the largest maritime insurance claim in recent times.  Claims by injured survivors and relatives of those who died are already being made against the cruise liner’s insurers. By their very nature, the cruise liner industry operates in international waters or within the jurisdiction of several countries during its journey.

We will advise you on the application of international regulations and conventions that may strengthen your legal rights.  For instance, the Athens Convention (to which the Bahamas is a signatory) established a regime for dealing with compensation claims launched by passengers injured on a cruise ship. This requires that fault or negligence is proved by the passenger against the carrier.  However, for certain types of accident the burden of proof is shifted to the cruise line operator.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an accident during a cruise through no fault of your own, you may have legal grounds to claim compensation.  The accident may have been the direct result of someone’s negligence or carelessness, or it may have occurred because of the negligence of the owners and operators of the cruise liner, or an individual working on board.  Whatever the cause, the lawyers at ParrisWhittaker will advise you on your claim and guide you through the legal process. We will strive to negotiate a fair settlement for your injuries and, where court action becomes unavoidable, we will take proceedings on your behalf.  

ParrisWhittaker boasts expertise gained from considerable experience dealing with travel accidents and seeking compensation for the injured.  Whatever your injuries, whether you have suffered cuts and bruises, or serious life threatening injuries, because of the negligence on the part of the cruise liner’s operators we can help you get compensation. In addition to injury compensation we can help you recover medical and other expenses you have incurred as a direct result of the accident.

Take expert legal advice as soon as possible as you have a limited time under law in which to make your claim.  We at Parris Whittaker are available to give you the advice you deserve.

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