Each year, thousands of people board cruise ships at the Port of Tampa, excited for adventure on the sea. Unfortunately, not every cruise adventure is smooth sailing. Cruise line negligence can cause serious injury and even death.

In the past, cruise ship passengers have contracted viral infections as a result of poor ship hygiene, travelers have been injured in slip and fall accidents, fires, collisions with other boats and people have been injured by a failure of the cruise ship crew to provide appropriate medical care when a passenger becomes ill or injured.

If you’ve been injured on a cruise ship, we are here to help.

The Whittel & Melton Tampa Bay injury attorneys are committed to helping victims obtain compensation from the companies who do not provide a safe environment for passengers on cruises. We handle cases involving:

  • Slip and fall accidents on wet or uneven surfaces, sudden elevation changes due to cruise ship maneuvering or construction.
  • Assault by staff, crewmembers or other guests and passengers: Including Sexual Assault, Rape, Sexual Battery, and Fights.
  • Brain Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury, Shoulder and Knee Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Loss of Vision, Loss of Hearing.
  • Swimming Pool, Wave Pool and/or Water slide accidents
  • Excursion injuries

We have represented clients in cruise ship personal injury cases involving all cruise ship companies, including, Disney Cruises, all Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL), Royal Caribbean International and Princess Cruises.

Time is of the essence

Timing is very important! Unlike other types of negligence matters, most times, the cruise ship passenger ticket is what designates the statute of limitations for bringing a lawsuit against a cruise ship company– the ticket is a contract of sorts between the passenger and the cruise line.

Generally, the industry norm is a one-­‐year statute of limitation on any type of personal injury claim versus the cruise line AND requires the matter be brought in local or federal court in Florida. There are few exceptions, but that is the industry norm.

Don’t wait to pursue what you deserve under the law. If you have been injured on a cruise boat, call our experienced Tampa Bay Cruise Boat Accident Attorneys today for a free consultation. We don’t get paid unless you get paid.

We are available 24 hours a day. (866) 608­-5529.

We are local counsel for clients around the world.

Most lawsuits relating to cruise liners departing from Florida must be filed in Florida. The Cruise Ship Attorneys of Whittel & Melton have the ability to handle cases throughout Florida as well as those around the world who traveled to Florida to take their vacation.

As our local cruise ships have become more popular over the years, so has the distance with which those customers take their injuries home. Please contact us if you’d like to refer a cruise ship or tourist injury or death matter to our firm.

We are happy to discuss co-­‐counsel and/or referral arrangements on a case-­‐by-­‐case basis.

Whittel & Melton is proud to serve clients throughout the Tampa Bay area including: Carrollwood, Brandon, Plant City, Temple Terrace, Lutz , Ruskin, Valrico, Apollo Beach, Safety Harbor, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Tierra Verde, Belleair, Belleair Bluffs, Pinellas Park, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, St. Petersburg, Feather Sound, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Sarasota, Venice and Longboat Key.

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