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I was injured on a cruise. What do I do now?

If you’re injured on a cruise ship, there’s a few things that you want to make sure that you accomplish. One, get all of your medical records and all of your radiology films. If there are any witnesses to the incidents giving rise to your injury, get their names and telephone numbers and addresses, email addresses, and let them know that they may be contacted by you or someone on your behalf after the cruise ends.

You want to make sure that if you do give a statement to somebody about what happens, that it’s not a recorded statement, and if somebody from the cruise line writes down what happened, you don’t need to sign that statement at all. Okay?

The other thing that you need to be mindful of is that you have a very short timeframe within which to file your claim against a cruise ship, sometimes as little as 180 days to give written notice. It’s a mandatory requirement. It’s contained within your cruise ship ticket terms, and then you only have one year to file your claim. Otherwise, you’ll be forever barred and you won’t be able to recover.

So do yourself a favor, get as much information as you can, photo document everything, get the names of witnesses, and quickly, as soon as you get on land, seek to consult with an attorney so that you can best protect your interests.