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First Personal Injury

August 30, 2012 04:10 ET

Accidents at Sea

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2012) - There are several types of accident claims that can be made following accidents at sea. These include claims made by staff working on a ship, claims made following the collision of two ships and accident claims made when a passenger on a ship is injured due to the fault of those running or managing the ship.

The most common types of claim are those made by passengers or staff injured on board.

As with accident claims following accidents that occur on land, it is necessary for the passenger to prove that the cause of the accident was due to the fault of the company running the ship or a member of their staff.

There is currently a limit to how much compensation a shipping company will have to pay an individual following an accident on their ship, no matter how serious the injury. This limit is currently equivalent to just under £45,000 but any legal costs will be paid in addition to the damages recovered. There is discussion about raising this limit to around £400,000 but this is not yet law.

An exception to the above rule is if the injury or death was caused intentionally by a member of crew or following the reckless behaviour of the crew. An example of reckless behaviour could be a drunk Captain.

An important element of accident claims advice when dealing with accidents at sea is to remember that, unlike claims made following an accident that occurred on land, where the person claiming has three years to make a claim, accident claims following accidents that occur at sea must be made within two years. In the case of personal injury, this time runs from the date of disembarkation from the ship. In the case of personal injury resulting in death, this time runs from the date of death, provided death did not occur more than three years after disembarkation.

Often accidents at sea will not be within the waters of England and Wales. However provided that one of the following circumstances apply, you may be able to make a claim in this country:

i) The permanent residence or principal place of business of the shipping company is in England or Wales;
ii) The ship departed from or arrived at a place in England or Wales;
iii) The person making the accident claim permanently resides in England in Wales and the shipping company have a place of business there; or
iv) The contract was made in England or Wales and the shipping company have a place of business there.

If you have been injured as a result of an accident on board a ship, contact First Personal Injury today for expert advice and assistance.

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About First Personal Injury

First Personal Injury is a leading firm of specialist personal injury solicitors based in the North West and acting on behalf of Claimants nationwide.

First Personal Injury has a wealth of experience in dealing with personal injury matters and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. First Personal Injury is a member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel and is also a panel member of Headway, the brain injury charity. First Personal Injury is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

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