We have all been following the story of the Carnival Cruise Line ship Triumph, which was stranded in the Gulf of Mexico after a fire damaged the ship's engine. That passengers have been trapped on board the ship, which has no electricity and few working toilets.
Those of you who have been on cruises know how big these ships are. Imagine how difficult it has been on the Carnival Triumph for many passengers to move from deck to deck without elevators.
The cruise lines' passenger tickets limit the rights of passengers to sue the cruise line. Do the passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph have any right to sue Carnival Cruise Line? Possibly.
Certainly, if a passenger was injured aboard the Carnival Triumph or any other cruise ship, he or she can make a legal claim against the cruise line to recover for his or her injuries. Injuries can occur from falls, illness caused by the food or unsanitary conditions on the ship, defective equipment or furniture on the ship, altercations with other passengers or crew members, or in many other ways.
Any claim against Carnival Cruise Line must be filed in court in Miami, Florida, no matter where the passenger lives. Also, there are strict time limits in which to make a claim, so it is very important for an injured passenger to contact an experienced cruise ship injury lawyer in Florida right away to preserve his or her rights.
If a passenger was aboard the Carnival Triumph and was not physically injured, he or she should still consult an experienced cruise ship injury attorney to review his or her rights.
Steven Meyer is board certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in civil trial cases. This field includes injury cases, such as injuries or accidents on a cruise ship. If you were on board the Carnival Triumph, a consultation with an experienced cruise ship accident lawyer is well worth your time.