Most of the time, holidays are all smooth sailing. However, accidents on slippery decks, cases of food poisoning, virus outbreaks, or an on shore accident can dampen holiday spirits. If you have been injured or experienced something similar to the above on a cruise ship or boat, you may have a compensation claim.
Maritime law and injury claims
The last few years have seen an increase in the number of Australians choosing to holiday or travel aboard cruise ships. It's a relaxing and convenient way to holiday, especially as there are now a wide range of cruise destinations available; from the South Pacific islands, to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. This has inevitably led to an increase in accidents, injuries and illnesses onboard cruise ships; often occuring overseas and in international waters.
Unlike domestic accidents, bringing a personal injury claim for compensation for an incident that occurred onboard a cruise ship can be complex, as international laws, treaties and conventions can play a role in determining the outcome of your case. Additionally, your rights and obligations regarding any legal recourse are often governed by a contract which you would have had to sign prior to embarking on a cruise. This may make liability more difficult to establish, however Shine's maritime law experts will be able to look at the big picture and advise on the best way forward for your individual situation.
If you sustain an injury aboard a cruise ship or boat, it is important to gather as much evidence as you can:
- Take photos of your injuries and the incident area;
- Get the contact details of anyone who may have witnessed the incident;
- Record the cause and the date of the incident; and
- Note your symptoms in the following weeks;
Making A Claim
If you’ve been injured or hurt overseas while on a boat, a cruise, or on the water generally, then you may be able to make a claim. Our No Win No Fee promise means you don't need to pay our legal fees until we win your case. Contact us today for a confidential and obligation-free consultation.
For more information on how Shine's expert transport lawyers will handle your case, watch our simple guide to compensation claims below.