Accidents at Sea


If you have suffered injury whilst on board a ship at sea, we can help you make a claim.

At Gerard McDermott QC Ltd, we can help you with the following types of claim:
• Trips and falls whilst a passenger on a cruise ship
• Food poisoning whilst on a cruise
• Bacterial and other viral illness whilst on board
• Accidents whilst embarking and disembarking
• Crew members suffering injury whilst at work

International carriage of passengers by sea is governed by a set of rules called the Athens Convention.
The Convention covers not only accidents at sea but other issues such as food poisoning and outbreaks of bacterial and viral illnesses that occur whilst at sea.
You do have to prove that someone was to blame to succeed with your claim unless you were involved in a major incident such as a collision on the seas or a shipwreck.
If you have suffered an accident whilst on board as a member of crew, you may be able to bring a claim against the owner or operator of the ship in the same way you would had you suffered an accident at work on land.

There is a strict 2 year time limit for bringing claims under the Convention that unlike time limits that apply to other types of claim, cannot be varied in any way.
In claims involving crew members, claims must normally be submitted within 3 years of the date of the accident if being brought in England and Wales.

If you have suffered an accident on board a ship either as a passenger or crew member, contact us today to discuss your claim.