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Cruise Liner Accident and Sickness Claims
If you have been injured in an accident or suffered an illness while on a cruise, you should seek legal advice and make a claim for compensation. At JMW, we have a team of experienced solicitors who will assist you with your claim.
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Types of Cruise Ship Accidents
The vast majority of cruisers have a relaxing time, enjoying the luxury, comfort and splendour of a cruise ship. However, despite their size, cruise liners are essentially confined areas housing hundreds of people, and accidents often occur. Common incidents include:
- Food poisoning
- Unhygienic conditions causing sickness
- Poor catering causing food poisoning
- Slipping on the deck
- Swimming pool accidents
- Tripping over obstacles
- Falling down stairs
- Being struck by a falling object
- Accidents caused by the ship’s facilities
Regardless of how you suffered your injury or illness, if it was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Your Legal Rights Explained
Cruise line operators are subject to a law known as the Athens Convention, relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea (PAL Convention) 1974. This is a law that imposes a strict liability system on cruise ships. Essentially, this means the cruise line operator must prove that your injury or illness was not their fault, rather than you needing to prove their negligence.
A further law called the Package Travel Regulations 1992, and/or the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 may also apply to cruise line operators based in the UK. To read more about tour operator responsibility, take a look at our report.
This is a complex area of law, so expert advice from a solicitor is necessary if you are looking to pursue a claim.
Why Choose JMW?
The team at JMW is experienced in helping holidaymakers who have been left injured or ill after a cruising holiday to make claims for compensation. You are able to recover the money you’ve paid for your poor holiday experience, and for time taken off work and getting access to the best medical treatment in addition to compensation you for any pain or suffering you may have experienced.
Our aim is to make the claims process as smooth as possible so you are able to focus on making a full recovery and return to the position you were in before the accident. We will provide specialist advice and guidance throughout the life of your case, so you are constantly kept up to date and are aware of the appropriate next steps.