A cruise is the holiday of a lifetime for most people, but it can become something of a nightmare if you are injured while on board ship, or an excursion organised by the holiday company. The problems appear to be compounded if the incident which led to the injury occurred while abroad. Indeed, here at Accident Advice Helpline we have become accustomed to hearing: “I was injured on a cruise abroad – can I claim?”
The answer is ‘yes,’ but as with any claim for personal injury whether at home or abroad, you will have to prove that you were not responsible for your accident, but that another person or organisation was.
Proving that you were the innocent party and that someone else was liable, either through their deliberate action, or negligence, can be difficult. The other party may deny any liability. That is why the services of a solicitor can prove invaluable on these occasions.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have the staff who have experience of such cases and who will provide that invaluable advice and professional assistance. We also have a helpline through which you contact us. It is free to call from a landline and only standard costs apply for calls via mobile.
If you have been injured on a cruise abroad it is important that you contact us as soon as possible. This is because these types of claims are covered by international law when making compensation claims for injuries suffered on cruises abroad.
Those who are responsible for your injury, and who we decide to make the claim against will be determined by the information that you give us. Often this will be the cruise operator.
The party deemed to be liable may deny liability, or make an offer of compensation out of court. If they should deny liability it will be up to us, determined by the evidence given to us, to prove that they were indeed responsible for your misfortune. Preferably, they may make an offer out of court. This can be the best option as it means that the case can be settled quickly and spare you the possibility of having to appear in a civil court to back up your claim. You may be made an offer, however, that is potentially much lower than that you would be awarded in a courtroom. If an out of court offer is made, we will check that you are happy with sum awarded before it is either accepted or rejected.
A successful claim will compensate you for any additional expenses, and loss of earnings for time off work recovering, following your injury. That is why it is so important to seek expert legal representation.
We are able to provide legal representation at no cost to our clients. This is because we work on a no win, no fee** basis. If your claim is successful we can usually claim our fees from the other party. If it is not successful, you do not have to pay us anything.
Date Published: October 3, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident on board a cruise