All seamen, irrespective of nationality, can file a maritime lawsuit against the company if they are injured or become sick while in the service of the cruise ship or cargo ship.

  1. Can I file a maritime lawsuit in the United States, even though I am not an American citizen?
    A: Yes. All crew members and seamen, irrespective of nationality, can file a maritime lawsuit against the company if they are injured or become sick while in the service of the cruse ship or cargo ship.
  2. Do I have to get off the ship in an American port to file a lawsuit against the company?
    A: No. It does not matter where you get off the ship. You can file a lawsuit against the company, even if you get off the ship in another country.
  3. Do I have to get off the ship under medical care to file a lawsuit against the company?
    A: No. As long as you were injured or became sick aboard the ship or working for the ship, you can file a lawsuit against the company even if you did not get off the ship on medical reason.
  4. Do I have to be physically present in the United States to file a maritime lawsuit against the company?
    A: No. You can be in your country of origin or in any other country and we can file and handle the maritime lawsuit for you in the United States.
  5. Do I have to travel to the United States for my cruise ship lawsuit?
    A: In most cases, we can obtain a good offer for you without you having to travel to the United States. If you need to come, we will help you obtain a tourist visa (B1-B2) if you do not have one.
  6. Do I have to obtain a tourist (B1-B2) visa to file a maritime lawsuit against the cruise ship company?
    A: No. You do not need a tourist (B1-B2) visa to file an admiralty lawsuit. In most cases, we can obtain a good offer for you without you having to travel to the United States. If you have to travel to the United States for the lawsuit, we will help you obtain the visa.
  7. Will the company cutoff my maintenance and medical treatment if I hire a maritime injury lawyer and file a lawsuit?
    A: No. On the contrary, when a crew member is represented by an attorney the company is far more careful about the crew member’s medical treatment and maintenance.
  8. What happens to my retirement plan if I file a lawsuit?
    A: Nothing. If you have the right to receive monies from a retirement plan, that money has to be paid to you separate and in addition to any money compensation that you will receive.
  9. How much money can I receive for my cargo or cruise ship injuries?
    A: This depends on how serious and disabling your injury is. There are other elements to consider such as the length of time you have been working for the company, the circumstances of your injury or your sickness, etc.

For more information, please see Steps You Should Take In Case Of a Maritime Accident.