Claiming Compensation for an Accident on a Ferry

Author:
Ross Smith
Ross Smith, Partner, Head of Travel LEI
Date:
25/04/2022

Travelling and holidaying is supposed to be both exciting and stress free. Unfortunately, for some people, accidents can happen, and things can go wrong. If you are injured or suffer from an illness unexpectedly because of negligence whilst you are travelling, it can easily have a massive impact on your time away.

Being involved in an accident or becoming ill whilst on a ferry is no exception. It’s usually a way to get from a/b and at the beginning or end of a trip, so it can totally ruin your holiday and in some cases for a while after. If this does happen, you may be able to make a personal injury claim. Here is all the information you need to know about claiming for an accident on a ferry.

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What am I Able to Claim for?

The most common accidents/illnesses which happen whilst on a Ferry are:

  • Slipping on a wet floor with no sign
  • Tripping on a stairway
  • Food poisoning from food or drink onboard

If you have suffered from any of these examples, then there is a high chance you will be able to claim compensation. However, there are steps you need to take to ensure that you are properly compensated.

What is the Claims Process?

  1. Show that the ferry failed in their Duty Of Care

    Whilst on a ferry, the crew has a duty of care to all their passengers; to make a claim, you must be able to show that a breach of duty has resulted in your injury or illness. If you slip where there is no wet floor sign for example, it is important for you to document what has gone wrong (such as taking pictures), to show that something could have been done to prevent your accident.

  2. Impact of the Accident and Costs

    You need to demonstrate how the accident has impacted you. If you have paid for treatment for your injuries or illness, or had to take time off work, then it is important that you keep record of this. You may be entitled to compensation for any loss of earnings incurred because of your injuries.

  3. Contact our Specialist Solicitors

    Contact our specialist personal injury solicitors who will be able to guide you through the process and provide you with a Free, No obligation case Assessment.

Are There any Time Limits to making a claim after a Ferry Accident?

From the date that the accident occurred, you may have as little as two years to make your claim. Therefore, it is essential that you get in touch with a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.

How can Simpson Millar Help you?

If you believe you are entitled to compensation from an accident on a ferry, then get in touch with one of our Personal Injury Solicitors today. We can provide you with the right support, information and ensure that you are properly compensated.

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