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    Cruise Ship Liability

    October 25, 2013  |  By:  Adam R. Little

    Cruise ships have become a very popular form of vacation getaway for Canadians. From massive ships touring the Caribbean, to smaller European river boats and everything in between, the cruise ship industry is growing at an enormous rate. In 2010 alone, cruise lines carried more than 14,000,000 passengers worldwide.

    With so many ships and passengers at sea, accidents are bound to happen. Disasters such as the Costa Concordia wreck in Italy make for international news, but other incidents are not so well publicized. Drownings, assaults, falls, medical emergencies and other mishaps and injuries happen every day aboard the hundreds of ships plying the high seas. When an injury is caused by negligence onboard a cruise ship, what rights does a passenger have?

    The answer will depend on the nature of the incident, the location of the ship at the time of the incident, the flag under which the ship operates, and the terms of the contract between the passenger and the cruise line. Cruise ship liability cases can be difficult, as often the terms of the cruise ticket are particularly one-sided in favour of the cruise line, and they usually contain a “forum selection clause” requiring action to be brought in a specific jurisdiction. In addition, there are frequently monetary limits or caps placed on the potential liability of the cruise line.

    In the event of injury aboard a cruise ship, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible, to ensure that your rights are protected.

    About the Author

    Adam R. Little

    As a partner at Oatley Vigmond, Adam believes that achieving exceptional results in personal injury claims requires creativity, dedication, perseverance and hard work. He strives to apply those...

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