If you or a member of your family was injured at sea on board a cruise ship, a yacht or whilst scuba diving, either if you were working on board ship or on holiday; our No Win, No Fee Solicitors can help you with your claim for compensation. Call us on Freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.

Whether you were travelling on a ship or any other form of seafarer, if you have suffered injury or illness on board, or whilst you were embarking or disembarking, you may be able to claim.

Our specialist lawyers will be able to assist you in recovering the compensation you are entitled to.

How Does it Work?

If you were a passenger on a cruise or another seagoing vessel, and you sustain injury on board, or whilst embarking or disembarking, you may be able to bring a claim. In certain circumstances you may be protected by the Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea 1974.

Compensation is also possible if you contract an illness, or suffer food poisoning, whilst on a cruise.

If an injury has occurred through a defect on the ship, or as a result of a collision, explosion, shipwreck or capsize, you will not need to prove fault on the part of the ship's operators.

Our expert lawyers will advise you as to whether your claim can proceed and, if so, where it would be best brought (i.e. in UK, where the accident occurred, where the ship operator is based or where you purchased the cruise).

Slater and Gordon specialist travel personal injury lawyers recently secured compensation for a widower whose spouse died following an accident on a cruise off the coast of Norway.

What Happens If I Was Not a Passenger, But a Crew Member?

Have a look at our "Accidents at Work Abroad" section for guidance.

Time Limits

Do not be caught out. Be aware that strict time limits apply when making personal injury claims. Time limits vary depending on a number of circumstances. Claims under the Athens Convention expire within two years of the date of disembarkation. Do not put it off, consult with one of our expert lawyers immediately. They will provide you with advice and put your mind at rest.

What Will be Required?

If you suffer an accident at sea and if you are able, take the following steps to help us help you:

  • Report the accident to a member of the ships crew and obtain a copy of the report made;
  • Take photographs of the accident location and any defect which you consider led to your accident;
  • Take photographs of any work undertaken to remedy the defect identified following your accident;
  • Take the names and addresses of any witnesses to your accident and ask them that confirm that they would be happy for us to contact them if necessary.

No Win, No Fee Claims Accidents at Sea

98% of our Personal Injury Claims are funded through a Conditional Fee Agreement, which is more commonly known as a No Win, No Fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you.

Call our No Win, No Fee Solicitors on 0800 916 9046 or start your compensation claim online.

Slater and Gordon Lawyers can provide immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support anywhere in the UK from our offices in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Preston, Watford, Wakefield and Wrexham.

Solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) & the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL).