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Cruise Ship Liability is Listed on the Ticket!

Posted by Dev Sethi | Apr 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Summer is almost upon us, and with summer comes vacation time. Many individuals will embark on cruise ships to exciting destinations this summer, but it is important to be extremely cautious when doing so. Cruise ship accidents can be serious. In recent news, two passengers on a Carnival cruise ship went missing after they allegedly fell overboard. Investigators are still not certain whether the couple jumped off the ship on purpose or if they unintentionally tripped.

In the past, cruise ship passengers have been stranded on their ships or have fallen ill when a virus or disease spread on board. There are times that passengers suffer from slip and fall accidents or other injuries that occur on board. If you were injured on a cruise ship, then you can typically learn whether or not the ship or cruise company is liable by looking on the back of your printed ticket. When you purchase a cruise ship ticket that is your way of consenting to the terms of liability the cruise line maintains. You may see a liability waiver and a forum-selection clause on the ticket. There also might be a motive-requirement clause.

The forum-selection clause will tell you what state a lawsuit can be filed in. This means that if you are from Arizona, but your cruise sails out of Florida, you may be required to file your lawsuit in Florida. In most circumstances, the courts will honor the forum-selection clause even if it is a great inconvenience for the plaintiff. A notice-requirement clause on the ticket will tell you what time period you have to file for damages in the case of an injury. Maritime law normally allows a three-year statute, but the window may shorten to one year for physical injuries and even shorter for non-physical injuries such as emotional trauma. Make sure to read the back of your ticket for more information.

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Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.


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