The idea of opting for a cruise instead of a traditional resort holiday is becoming increasingly popular with British holiday makers. Similarly, many choose to travel by ferry to their chosen destination, instead of flying. Sadly though, many travellers are unfortunately involved in accidents during their journey and this may adversely affect their holiday experience and leave them suffering with an injury, or out of pocket.
In addition to injuries sustained whilst actually on board (such as trips, slips, falls or other accidents that occur through no fault of the passenger), it may also be possible to claim for injuries suffered whilst embarking or disembarking the vessel.
Claims for accidents at sea can be complicated as it can be difficult to determine exactly who is to blame. The opportunity to claim is also shorter than it would be for most other holiday accidents (all claims related to injuries or illnesses on ships and boats must be made within two years of the incident).
Once you have instructed your lawyer, you will be advised of who the claim should be directed to and steps will be taken to gather the evidence required to prove negligence on the part of the defendant. Also the value of your claim will be quantified (with reference to documentation relating to out of pocket expenses and loss of earnings, together with a medical report outlining the nature and extent of the injuries you have suffered and any long-term effects you might experience).
It is usual to submit evidence in support of the claim to the defendant/their insurers and invite settlement prior to consideration of the matter of commencing proceedings. Indeed, most cases settle by negotiation without the need to take the matter to court.
We confirm that we will usually offer the “No Win No Fee Agreement” in relation to the costs of pursuing the case, which will obviously give you peace of mind in terms of incurring legal fees.