Maritime Injury Lawyers Representing Passengers and Crew Members
Seabourn Cruise Line markets itself as an ultra-luxury cruise line with intimate ships. Seabourn’s fleet includes five ships. Guests may feel well treated on a Seabourn Cruise Line voyage, but accidents do occur. They can cause serious harm and sometimes disappearance or death. If you were harmed as a result of the negligence or misconduct of Seabourn Cruise Line, you should consult the seasoned maritime law attorneys at the Brais Law Firm. When filing a claim against a luxury cruise line, you are going up against an entity that has significant resources. It is represented by highly experienced attorneys. It is important to retain legal representation by Seabourn Cruise Line injury lawyers who are well-equipped to go up against a luxury liner.
Seabourn Cruise Line Claims
Accidents can result in significant injuries or even death on a Seabourn Cruise Line ship. If you are injured as a passenger on a cruise ship, your claim likely will be governed by maritime law. Maritime law is an intricate body of law that includes federal and state statutes, along with conventions and treaties. General maritime law was developed from the maritime jurisprudence of federal courts, and it combines common law rules with rules drawn from both federal and state sources.
Our firm handles claims arising out of many kinds of injuries, including fractures, separated shoulders, closed head trauma, traumatic brain injuries, herniated discs, and sexual assaults. If you are a passenger who sustained medical expenses and lost wages as a result of your injuries on a cruise ship, and the cruise ship is responsible for those injuries, you may be able to hold it liable.
Elements of a Claim
General maritime law applies to a passenger’s claim for bodily injuries. Usually, a passenger and their Seabourn Cruise Line injury attorney will need to show that the cruise ship company owed a duty to protect the passenger from a certain injury, the defendant breached the duty to use reasonable care, and the breach actually and proximately caused the passenger’s harm. To show actual and proximate cause, the passenger will need to show that there is a cause and effect relationship between the cruise line’s negligent actions and the injury, and that it was foreseeable for the cruise line’s actions to produce the harm that occurred. If there is a danger on the ship that a passenger could not discover on their own, the cruise line may be liable for failing to warn or take steps to prevent harm to the passenger. For example, if grease is spilled on the deck, and you fall and fracture your arm, you may be able to recover damages for the losses related to the fracture.
If you are injured as a cruise ship crew member, state workers’ compensation laws will not apply. The Jones Act provides you with the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Our Seabourn Cruise Line injury lawyers can assist crew members with Jones Act claims.
Tickets are maritime law contracts through which cruise lines often impose significant restrictions on passengers’ ability to recover damages. Congress has expressly authorized cruise lines to shorten the time period within which to pursue personal injury damages against a cruise line. Like other cruise lines, Seabourn imposes time limit and notice requirements on your ability to pursue a claim through its ticket language.
The ticket with Seabourn provides that in cases involving bodily injury, illness, death, or emotional harm claims, no lawsuit can be brought unless you have given written notice to Seabourn within six months from the date of the bodily injury, illness, death, or emotional harm. Furthermore, the ticket provides that you have only one year to file a lawsuit based on the claim, and valid service needs to be made on the cruise line within 90 days of filing the complaint.
Hire a Cruise Ship Injury Attorney to Pursue Your Claim
Maritime injury claims often have unique facets that require representation by an attorney with impeccable legal credentials and real-world experience. Our Seabourn Cruise Line injury attorneys understand that ordinary people face huge challenges when they need to sue a cruise line with substantially more resources. At the Brais Law Firm, our maritime attorneys have more than 65 years of combined trial experience. Call us at 800-499-0551 or contact us online.