Cruise Ship Accident Compensation Claims

Cruises are becoming more and more popular. With good reason – when you think cruise, you think luxury, relaxation, and the trip of a lifetime on the open sea. But as cruise holidays become more common, so do accidents on cruise ships – and suffering an injury so far from home can be painful and upsetting. If you’ve tripped on a gang plank, had your holiday ruined by food poisoning, or been struck by a shipboard illness, Personal Injury Overseas is here to help.

We’re experts in handling cruise ship compensation claims made by tourists, and operate a friendly, flexible no win no fee* service. So if your dreams of the perfect cruise were dashed by an accident at sea, make sure you give our experts a call.

Claiming Compensation for Cruise Ship Accidents

International legislation allows you to claim compensation if you’ve been injured or become sick while on a cruise holiday. That means that even though your accident happened on a ship at sea, the ship’s owners will still be liable to compensate you if they can be shown to be at fault:

The Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea 1974.

Under this legislation, you are allowed to claim compensation from a cruise operator if you suffer an injury or illness while aboard a ship (subject to certain criteria).

Time Limits

A two year time limit from the date of disembarkation applies if you wish to start court proceedings under the Athens Convention, so if you want to make a claim, you need to act fast. If a claim is not made within time then the opponent does not have to pay out compensation. Call our team now on 0333 006 4099 for some no obligation advice, and make sure you start keeping notes. We recommend taking the following steps:

Complete an onboard accident report

  1. Record all communication you have with the cruise operator
  2. Take a photograph of the place your accident occurred
  3. Keep all records of medical treatment you were given aboard the ship
  4. Take the names and addresses of any witnesses willing to provide a statement (we’ll contact them if required)
  5. If you fall ill with food poisoning, keep a log of everything you’ve eaten and times of when your symptoms occurred
  6. Record any lost earnings and other expenses when you’re back home

If you’re able to provide us with as much of the above information as possible, we’ll have the best chance to secure the compensation you deserve from the cruise operator.

Contact the Holiday Accident Experts

Claiming compensation for accidents on a cruise ship or any other sea transport doesn’t need to be a difficult process. You’ve had enough stress to deal with when you hurt yourself or fell ill – so let us take the strain on your behalf. With over 15 years’ experience in the field of personal injury law, PIO will make sure that you get as much compensation with as little stress as possible. Fill out the contact form below, and we’ll be in touch to arrange a consultation.