Victims Claim UK Injury Compensation for Cruise Ship Accidents Abroad
It is unfortunate that sometimes holidays are ruined for holiday makers when they are on holiday but maybe no more so than when holiday makers have an accident on a cruising holiday. For many people they have saved all their lives for the cruising holiday for when they retire only to have it spoiled by being injured whilst in a foreign port. The good news is that victims can claim UK injury compensation for accidents on-board whilst in a foreign port.
What is the basis for making a claim?
At the heart of a UK injury compensation claim for accidents whilst aboard a cruise ship is The Athens Convention. The Athens Convention makes provision for those who have an accident whilst on board a cruise ship that has an accident on board to make a personal injury claim.
We can see a definition of the convention below
“The Convention establishes a regime of liability for damage suffered by passengers carried on a seagoing vessel. It declares a carrier liable for damage or loss suffered by a passenger if the incident causing the damage occurred in the course of the carriage and was due to the fault or neglect of the carrier”.
There are some limitations that have been introduced to partially mitigate the cruise lines responsibility but these are open to debate depending on the nature of the injuries sustained.
Companies like Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) are experts in UK injury compensation and have specialist legal firms they partner with. Whether you have had an accident whilst at work or whether on holiday they have experts on tap who can advise potential claimants as to their options they have available to them.
Companies have a duty to protect individuals from harm whether they are on holiday or not. However, just because an individual is on holiday and technically is in a non UK destination does not mean that victims are not entitled to claim from the cruise line for compensation.
The Athens Convention is aimed to protect those who are injured whilst on board ship and those passengers embarking and dis-embarking cruise liners. The convention is aimed at passengers from many nations including the UK to claim UK injury compensation once they have returned to the UK. There is a time limit for claims to be made and that can be up to 2 years after the incident. So as with many accidents compensation claims time is of the essence.
For passengers who think they may have a case for a compensation claim due to an injury they have received whilst cruising they should seek the type of expert advice offered by AAH who can quickly connect them with a legal expert who can review the case and offer the appropriate advice.
Give the team a call today on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 21st January 2013
Author: David Brown