Cruises can be a lot of fun. In addition to all the activities and amenities available on the ship, cruises usually offer shore excursions at different ports of call. In fact, shore excursions are a big source of profit for the cruise industry. Unfortunately, however, passengers often suffer injuries on these excursions. In fact, around 30% of all cruise ship injuries occur during shore excursions. Below is some information on obtaining compensation for injuries suffered on cruise ship shore excursions.
Common Cruise Ship Shore Excursion Accidents
Accidents can happen during virtually any type of shore excursion activity. Common shore excursion activities that result in accidents include:
- Scuba diving
- Rock climbing
Cruise Ship Liability for Shore Excursion Accidents
Cruise lines often argue that passenger safety during shore excursions is the responsibility of the excursion company, not the cruise line. However, cruise lines sell excursions to passengers, profit from excursions, and know that passengers trust them to only work with reputable and responsible excursion companies. Therefore, in many cases, cruise lines can certainly be held at least partially liable for injuries suffered by passengers during shore excursions.
Suing for a Cruise Ship Shore Excursion Accident
Although it’s possible to sue a cruise ship for injuries suffered during a shore excursion, it isn’t always easy. Some of the issues that plaintiffs run into when suing cruise lines for shore excursion injuries include:
Jurisdiction issues: Since many cruises take place internationally, plaintiffs sometimes run into jurisdiction problems when attempting to sue for shore excursion accidents. In addition, these types of claims often touch upon complicated areas of maritime and contract law, making it difficult for plaintiffs to succeed without the assistance of legal counsel.
Contract issues: Many shore excursion contracts include waivers that limit liability for the cruise line, excursion company, and others.
Statute of limitations issues: Finally, an injury suffered during a shore excursion will often have a different statute of limitations than state law. Often, you only have one year to file a lawsuit against a cruise line following a shore excursion accident. This is drastically shorter than the statute of limitations for injuries in most states.
Despite these issues, however, it is certainly possible to obtain compensation for injuries suffered during a shore excursion when you enlist the services of an experienced Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana maritime attorney.
Contact Our Experienced Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana Maritime Attorneys
If you’ve suffered an injury on a cruise ship shore excursion, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. At Koch & Schmidt, our Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana cruise ship accident lawyers have extensive experience representing clients who’ve suffered injuries on cruise ships and on cruise ship shore excursions. Therefore, if you’ve suffered an injury while on a cruise, please contact us as soon as possible for a free consultation.