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Did You Experience a Cruise Ship Accident? Learn the Facts About Your Case

Cruise ship accidents

If you experienced an injury onboard a cruise ship, it is important that you secure the right type of personal injury representation. Maritime laws span state and federal statutes, international treaties, and United Nations-brokered agreements between governments when injuries or death take place at sea.

Filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit in international waters aboard a foreign-flagged cruise ship can be an extremely complex process.  As a passenger, the relevance of the country you originated from or the country where the crew set sail may depend on several legal factors. The origin of the vessel will often impact where the personal injury claim or lawsuit may be filed. Statutes of limitations for filing a claim or lawsuit are typically briefer, usually no more than one year from the date of the passenger claim. The Injured passenger must, under the passenger ticket contract, issue a written notice within six months of the injury date to the cruise line, informing them of the injurious event. Injured crew members are additionally governed by existing agreements between themselves and the cruise company. The complex legal issues of Maritime Law, both substantively and procedurally, are significantly different from common tort state laws.

Kosnett Personal Injury has a team of attorneys licensed to practice in all Florida state and federal courts. Our Florida law offices are close to the port of Miami and Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. With over 80 years of collective injury claim, maritime accident, and wrongful death case experience, our professional legal team is ready to help you navigate your maritime claim or lawsuit. Our firm is also affiliated with qualified, experienced attorneys throughout jurisdictions where we are not admitted to the bar so your case will always be diligently and appropriately handled by a qualified legal professional.

Common Reasons Why Cruise Ship Accidents Happen

On land, it is often difficult for even the best-run companies to continually ensure safety standards across facilities. When the motion of a large cruise ship and the many opportunities for accidents arise, conditions can rapidly become more dangerous. And while unsafe conditions can readily occur, they are no excuse for a crew’s carelessness or negligent behavior.

If you experienced pain and suffering while on a cruise ship and you want to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit, be advised that doing so may be far more complicated than most other types of personal injury cases. You will need the assistance of a qualified attorney who is seasoned in cruise ship accidents.

Kosnett Personal Injury attorneys have deep experience handling cruise line lawsuits involving:

  • Assault
  • Damaged cargo
  • Injuries to crew members
  • Cruise ship-related liabilities
  • Off-boat excursion injuries
  • Tainted meals/food poisoning
  • Walkway/disembarking injuries
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Smaller (tender) boat injuries
  • Wrongful death incidents
  • And we have successfully litigated cases against popular cruise lines including Carnival Cruise Lines, Crown Princess, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean

All of our cases are accepted on a contingency basis so you will receive no attorney’s fees unless you are successfully compensated for your case. It is well known that maritime law is considered one of the most complex forms of both legislation and litigation. We are knowledgeable, experienced, and prepared to do what is necessary to win your maritime case. We strongly believe in your right to seek justice and we will use whatever resources are necessary to secure fair and just compensation for your cruise ship accident losses.

Kosnett Personal Injury headquarters are located in Los Angeles with additional offices throughout California. Since 1999, we have been serving clients nationwide, with a concentration in Southern California counties including Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Orange, San Diego, Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial. We also serve Northern California counties of San Francisco, Alameda, Marin, Sacramento, San Mateo, Solano, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Napa, Yolo, and Sonoma.


We firmly believe that everyone has a right to qualified legal representation. Allow our personal injury attorneys to fight for your rights and benefits. Schedule a free consultation, call or email us at 1-877-959-2937 or

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