If you are on a ship whether it be for work or holiday and you become injured then you might be able to claim compensation. Whether it be an injury for a slip trip or fall accident, whether you fall overboard or you suffer from food poisoning or any other disease while you are abroad if you can show your injury was due to the ship operators fault then you will be able to claim compensation from them.
You can claim compensation for not only accidents on board the ship such as slips, trips and falls but also food poisoning, drowning or contracting a disease. In most cases it will be necessary to show that the ship operators were at fault for your accident.
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For accidents on board a ship, both the Athens Convention and United Kingdom domestic equivalent have a strict two year time limit. This means that you must either have settled the claim within two years or began court proceedings. Therefore you should speak to a lawyer about the accident as soon as you are able.
The injuries you might suffer wholly depend on the circumstances of your accident. Your injuries could include cuts and bruises, broken bones, food poisoning illnesses, to the more serious life changing accidents such as head and neck injuries, paralysis, drowning or even death.
The amount of compensation you might be able to claim is wholly dependent on the circumstances of your accident. Your lawyer will be able to advise you further when they know the full circumstances of your accident.
If you are in an accident on board a ship no matter how small you should always seek medical assistance. You should also make sure you report your accident to the carrier and that an accurate accident report is completed. If you are able to you should try and collect evidence of your accident this could be photographs of where the accident occurred or speaking to witnesses that witnessed your accident.
Depending on how you were injured you should be able to claim compensation from the ships operators, as it is their duty to make sure that you are safe and the proper Health and Safety Regulations are followed while you are on board their ship. If you have become injured due to their negligence then you will be able to claim compensation against them.
There is no set time on how long it will take for you to settle your claim. This would all depend on the seriousness of your accident and your individual claim. Your specialist lawyer will be able to advise you further once they know the individual circumstances of your claim.
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