What Laws Apply When a Child is Injured on a Cruise Ship?


Florida is the home of many ports that host cruise ships from the United States and other countries of origin. In most instances, a cruise is a wonderful experience for children and their families. The vacation is filled with fun, adventure, and, yes, a whole lot of food. At times, a child is injured on a cruise ship or during cruise ship related activities.

When a child is injured on a cruise ship, the case is handled quite differently from cases that take place on shore like a playground injury, school injury, or day care center related injury. Cruise ships are subject to maritime and admiralty law. These cases are further complicated by the fact that most ships are based or owned by a a foreign company rather than one based in the United States.

The investigation of a cruise ship related child injury begins with the date of the incident as well as the language or information on the board ticket for the cruise ship. Most cruise ship companies have printed a forum selection clause as well as a time limitation clause (statute of limitations) on the boarding ticket / cruise ship ticket itself. Most of the cruise ship companies select Florida and in particular Miami Florida as the forum for any action or lawsuit filed. Furthermore, there may be a notice provision and as short as a 1 year statute of limitations for these cases.

Another issue that is addressed in a cruise ship case is the construction, maintenance, and supervision by employees on the cruise ship. Like other cases, each case must be evaluated on its own facts and merits.

It was recently reported that a 1 year old boy suffered serious personal injuries on a cruise ship. It was reported that the child fell off a deck of an outgoing cruise ship and then was transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children for evaluation and treatment of head trauma suffered as a result of the incident. See Child Airlifted following Cruise Ship Injury.

When a child is injured on a cruise ship, playground, or other location, a parent often is faced with many challenges and issues. A Florida Child Injury Lawyer can help guide a parent through these tough times and provide legal representation when appropriate and necessary to enforce the rights of the injured child. These cases are handled on a contingency basis. In other words, there are no attorney fees or costs charged to the parent unless and until there is a financial recovery on the case. The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – has chapters on Medical Treatment and Bills, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

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