Accidents At Sea Claims

Whenever you are on board a vessel of any kind, whether for work or leisure, the operator has a duty of care to you and should take all reasonable steps to protect you from the risk of accidents and injury. If you are injured in an accident at sea, our specialist solicitors could help you claim compensation.

Even though flights are cheaper than ever, sea journeys continue to be popular and passenger numbers are rising. Holidaymakers now view short and long voyages as a leisurely way to travel, especially as there are various rules in place to ensure the safety of passengers. Should those rules be breached – leaving you with an injury or illness, you could be entitled to compensation.

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Accident at sea claims are not just limited to traditional passenger vessels like ferries and ocean liners; they also  apply to pleasure craft, yachts, jet skis, a pedalo, speed boats and banana boats. If you suffer an accident or injury that was caused by poor safety measures or as a result of someone else’s negligence, you could bring a case against them.

We work with a network of experienced foreign law experts across the world, enabling us to provide effective legal support wherever your accident at sea claim took place. Our solicitors have helped hundreds of people make successful personal injury claims, get in touch and we will fight for justice for you and your loved ones.

Accidents at sea claims specialists

You can make a claim for an accident at sea whether you were on holiday or working as part of a ship’s crew. There are also many circumstances in which you may be eligible to make a claim for injuries sustained at sea; our experienced solicitors can offer free and impartial legal advice and advise you about how to bring a compensation claim.

Our specialist travel litigation team is led by Paul McClorry, an experienced travel law solicitor, who has years of expertise in this niche area. He has helped countless families make successful accident at sea claims, achieving compensation for ongoing medical treatment, loss of earnings, any care needs and your injuries. If you were on holiday, damages can also be recovered for loss of enjoyment of your holiday.

What type of accidents at sea can I claim for?

Significant maritime incidents such as a collision or sinking, the vessel running aground, an explosion or evacuation can often result in passengers suffering serious injuries. We have successfully acted for people involved in accident at sea claims of this nature, where fault is automatically presumed to be on the part of the carrier unless they can prove otherwise.

We’re also experienced in other related accidents, such as those caused by bad weather, fire, falling objects and poor safety measures resulting in slips, trips and falls. In each of these instances, it’s our role to prove that the carrier was responsible for the incident which caused the personal injury or fatality.

Often, in cases where liability is admitted, settlements are usually made with the carrier’s insurance company before the case goes to court. However, we are well prepared and experienced in commencing Court proceedings and representing you at Trial if we believe this will result in the best possible outcome for you.

How long do I have to make a claim?

There are very strict international laws which govern the rules which apply when making a claim for an accident at sea. These rules are very different to those which apply to holiday accidents that happen at a resort or hotel abroad.

If you have been injured in an accident while on board a sea-faring vessel, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. The time limits for making a claim can vary depending on the circumstances of each incident and whether the Athens Convention applies. Claims under the Athens Convention must be made within two years from the date you disembarked the vessel.  However, the Convention does not apply to all claims so it is important that you obtain expert advice as soon as possible.

By offering a “no-win, no-fee” agreement, often known as a conditional fee agreement, you can concentrate on recovering whilst we progress your claim.  As long as you fully assist us by providing regular and reliable instructions, we promise to deliver an outstanding level of customer service and secure justice for you.


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When we take on any case, we want you to feel reassured and confident in every aspect of your claim. That’s why we offer a service that puts your needs over and above anything else.
We promise to:

  1. Schedule our first meeting within 24 hours
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  3. Reply to any letter you send us within 2 days
  4. Write to you every 4 weeks with any updates or information on your case

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