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Do I have to File the Lawsuit in Florida?

A quick glance at the headlines over the past several years shows that the unfortunate truth is that cruise ship accidents do happen. And not only do they happen – they are becoming more and more common. When you suffer an injury while on a cruise, in some cases you can hold the cruise ship responsible for your injuries and seek compensation from them. In general, your claim against the cruise ship will fall under the auspices of personal injury law – similar to the law that governs injuries sustained in an automobile accident. However, because of the unique nature of a cruise, cruise ship accident claims are particularly complex.

One are of complexity is the issue of jurisdiction, or which laws govern your claim for compensation. Jurisdiction will be determined by where the accident occurred. Just because your cruise starts and ends in Florida does not necessarily mean you will be able to file your lawsuit there. Often times the cruise ship company will be registered in a foreign country. For example, if the ship carries a Bahamas registration, then the law of the Bahamas could govern your claim. At the same time an argument can be made that the location of where the cruise ship travel agent is located is where jurisdiction should be. On top of this, you injury will have likely happened while out at sea, meaning maritime law could be applicable.

Clearly, a cruise ship accident claim is a complex matter. For this reason, it is advised that you seek the advice of an experienced cruise ship accident attorney. A cruise ship accident attorney will be able to examine your case, look at the possible scenarios for jurisdiction, evaluate which jurisdiction’s laws are most favorable to your claim, and create a legal strategy for arguing in favor of this jurisdiction.

Since 1977, James Cunningham has been helping cruise ship accident victims receive justice and fair compensation. To ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your cruise ship accident injuries, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A., at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.

Types of Cruise Ship Accidents & Injuries

Florida Personal Injury Office Locations

Main Office

Orlando Personal Injury Office:
3117 Edgewater Dr.
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-425-2000
Toll Free: 877-FL-INJURY
Fax: 407-843-8274

Seminole County

Lake Mary Office:
1001 Heathrow Park Lane
Suite 4001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: 407-487-4408

Osceola County

Kissimmee Office:
17 S. Orlando Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: 407-966-4408

Volusia County

Daytona Beach Office:
1301 Beville Rd., Suite 8
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Phone: 386-243-4994

DeBary Office:
465 Summerhaven Drive, Suite C
DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: 386-320-3911

Deland Office:
Downtown Executive Center
120 South Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32720
Phone: 386-206-1264

Citrus County

Inverness Office:
110 North Apopka Ave.
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: 352-205-4341

Polk County

Lakeland Office:
1102 S. Florida Ave., Suite 104
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-968-7551

Winter Haven Office:
325 Avenue A, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Phone: 863-968-7173

Hillsborough County

Tampa Office:
100 S. Edison St. Suite D
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-355-9772

Marion-Sumter Counties

The Villages Office:
3420 U.S. Hwy. 27/441
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: 352-419-0825

Lake County

Mt. Dora Office:
602 East 5th Ave.
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 352-436-4696

Clermont Office:
900 W. Highway 50
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: 352-503-4674

Brevard County

Titusville Office:
506 S. Palm Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: 321-222-7300

Cocoa Office:
96 Willard Street
Suite 206,
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-757-1373