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Accidents at Sea Compensation Claims

Whenever you are on board a vessel of any kind, whether for work or leisure, the operator has a duty of care to you and should take all reasonable steps to protect you from the risk of accidents and injury. If you are injured in an accident at sea, our specialist solicitors could help you claim compensation.

Even though flights are cheaper than ever, sea journeys continue to be popular and passenger numbers are rising. Holidaymakers now view short and long voyages as a leisurely way to travel, especially as there are various rules in place to ensure the safety of passengers. Should those rules be breached – leaving you with an injury or illness, you could be entitled to compensation.

If you want to make a Cruise Ship Claim, take a look at our detailed page now!

Accident at sea claims are not just limited to traditional passenger vessels like ferries and ocean liners; they also apply to pleasure craft, yachts, jet skis, a pedalo, speed boats and banana boats. If you suffer an accident or injury that was caused by poor safety measures or as a result of someone else’s negligence, you could bring a case against them.

Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people make successful personal injury claims, get in touch and we will fight for justice for you and your loved ones.

Specialists in Accidents at Sea Claims

You can make a claim for an accident at sea whether you were on holiday or working as part of a ship’s crew. There are also many circumstances in which you may be eligible to make a claim for injuries sustained at sea; our experienced solicitors can offer free and impartial legal advice and advise you about how to bring a compensation claim.

  • Our specialist travel litigation team is led by Paul McClorry, an experienced travel law solicitor, who has years of expertise in this niche area.
  • We work with a network of experienced foreign law experts across the world, enabling us to provide effective legal support wherever your accident at sea claim took place.
  • We have helped countless families make successful accident at sea claims, achieving compensation for ongoing medical treatment, loss of earnings, any care needs and your injuries.
  • If you were on holiday, damages can also be recovered for loss of enjoyment of your holiday.

Making an Accident at Sea Claim

There’s absolutely no risk involved in inquiring about your position, or your claim, so it pays to speak with an expert. Ultimately, the only time you’ll end up paying for legal costs is if your case is successful – and even then you will only ever pay an agreed percentage of damages as a contribution to costs.

There is a time limit to make a claim, however, so it’s best to act as quickly as possible. Normally you have three years from the date of your treatment or from the date you realised your condition was a result of your treatment. If you were under the age of 18 when you received the treatment, you’ll have three years from your 18th birthday to make a claim.

Our Accident at Sea Experts

Paul McClorry Head of Travel Litigation Read more
Tracy Stansfield Associate, Travel Read more
Lucy Bevis Litigation Executive, Travel Read more
Anthony Hey Litigation Executive, Travel Read more
Anne Thomson Litigation Executive, Travel Read more
Dan Macmillan Solicitor, Civil Liberties Read more

How much will my claim cost?

All accident at sea cases taken on by Hudgell Solicitors are handled on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay any money up front and there will be no financial risk if your case is unsuccessful.

If your case is successful, you will only be expected to pay a contribution to your solicitor’s fees once the case has been resolved. The costs paid are usually a percentage of the compensation awarded and will be agreed before your case is carried out.

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What type of accidents at sea can i claim for?

Significant maritime incidents such as a collision or sinking, the vessel running aground, an explosion or evacuation can often result in passengers suffering serious injuries. We have successfully acted for people involved in accident at sea claims of this nature, where fault is automatically presumed to be on the part of the carrier unless they can prove otherwise.

We’re also experienced in other related accidents, such as those caused by bad weather, fire, falling objects and poor safety measures resulting in slips, trips and falls. In each of these instances, it’s our role to prove that the carrier was responsible for the incident which caused the personal injury or fatality.

Often, in cases where liability is admitted, settlements are usually made with the carrier’s insurance company before the case goes to court. However, we are well prepared and experienced in commencing Court proceedings and representing you at Trial if we believe this will result in the best possible outcome for you.

How long do I have to make a claim?

There are very strict international laws which govern the rules which apply when making a claim for an accident at sea. These rules are very different to those which apply to holiday accidents that happen at a resort or hotel abroad.

If you have been injured in an accident while on board a sea-faring vessel, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. The time limits for making a claim can vary depending on the circumstances of each incident and whether the Athens Convention applies. Claims under the Athens Convention must be made within two years from the date you disembarked the vessel. However, the Convention does not apply to all claims so it is important that you obtain expert advice as soon as possible.

By offering a “no-win, no-fee” agreement, often known as a conditional fee agreement, you can concentrate on recovering whilst we progress your claim. As long as you fully assist us by providing regular and reliable instructions, we promise to deliver an outstanding level of customer service and secure justice for you.

"Holidaymaker instructs us after being hospitalised with Legionnaires disease following trip to Turkey hotel."

Paul McClorry, Head of Travel Litigation

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