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How long do I have to bring a maritime claim?

On Behalf of | May 19, 2018 | admiralty & maritime law

Did you suffer injuries while a passenger on a Louisiana-based cruise ship, charter or other boat while it was either docked or out on the ocean? If you did, you may have the ability to file a maritime claim against the responsible party or parties in an effort to seek compensation for your losses. The key with any legal claim is filing at the right time.

Like all other civil claims, maritime claims are subject to a statute of limitations. This means that there are time limits for how long you have to bring a claim to court. If you miss your window, you are out of luck.

Wondering what the statute of limitations is for maritime claims in Louisiana? Currently, it is set at three years from the date of injury or date the injury became apparent. That is actually a pretty generous timeline, seeing as other injury cases often must be filed within a year of injury.

Maritime claims are not always easy to fight. There are specific laws in place that may protect vessels owners and operators to a certain degree. This does not mean that they cannot be held responsible for your losses. A careful case review and investigation into the matter can help determine if you have a case.

Maritime injury claims must be handled in a specific way and in the right court system. Having a Louisiana-based attorney at your side who has experience with such cases could prove beneficial to you. To learn more about maritime law and how an attorney may be able to assist you, please visit our firm’s website.