Seafaring vessels such as boats, ships, cruise liners and ferries can act as places of employment, modes of transport, holiday accommodation and also a form of leisure activity.
Health and Safety legislation applies to boats and ships just the same as to any other workplace or public place therefore if you suffer an injury whilst on board a boat or a ship which was not your fault, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
There are many different ways a person can be injured whilst onboard a boat or a ship. Some of the most common accidents and injuries we hear about at Thompsons are slips and tripswhilst onboard a ship, food poisoning whilst onboard a ship and injuries caused by falling objects.
Our panel solicitors have also helped a number of people to make personal injuryclaims who have been negligently exposed to asbestos whilst working on ships years ago and have gone on to develop asbestos related illnesses.
In the UK the legal time limit for making a personal injury claim is normally 3 years from the date of the accident (with a few exceptions). Accidents on boats, ships, yachts and cruise liners; however, can be covered by separate regulations and in some circumstances you must make a claim for compensation within two years of the accident date.
Due to the possibility of shorter time limits being involved, if you have been injured whilst travelling on, boarding or departing a boat or ship, you should seek immediate legal advice about whether you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
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