Accidents At Sea & Cruise Injury Claims | Irwin Mitchell

If you have been injured in an accident at sea, you may be able to claim compensation – either from the owner of the vessel, the cruise line or from any tour operator involved.

Whenever you board a ship – be it a cruise liner, ferry or other vessel – you have the right to expect that your health and safety will be protected. The crew, staff and operators of the ship have a legal duty to protect you, and to minimise the risk of accidents and injury. International conventions also exist to give passengers rights to claim compensation without having to establish that anyone is at fault in some circumstances.

Our lawyers can help you to claim full and fair compensation for an accident at sea. Our team is the largest and most successful international personal injury team in the UK, being widely regarded as leaders in this area of law. In the past two years alone we have secured over £100 million in compensation for our clients.

We have successfully represented victims and the families of those killed in many accidents at sea (or on inland waterways) following tragedies such as:

  • The Costa Concordia
  • The Al Dana Dhow
  • The Herald of Free Enterprise ( the Zeebrugge disaster)
  • The Marchioness

Our Experience In Accidents At Sea Claims (Including Injuries Aboard Cruise Ships)

We have successfully helped hundreds of clients claim compensation for a wide range of accidents on board ships or boats including:

  • Cruise liners
  • Ferries
  • Floating Restaurants
  • Pleasure craft
  • Yachts

Our expert travel lawyers have been helping people claim compensation for accidents and illness abroad for over 20 years, including accidents which have happened at sea. As well as accidents occurring while embarking or disembarking ships, we have experience in a variety of different injuries which have happened to passengers and crew whilst on board.

If we do have to fight your case we have experts fluent in several foreign languages, as well as lawyers who are qualified to practice law in different countries.

The team are consistently recognised as leaders in their field, and are described as being home to the “crème de la crème” of lawyers acting for those injured abroad. The team is also consistently recognised as top performers in the UK when compared to other law firms in this field, by the leading independent guides to the legal profession, Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500:

“With huge resources, an impressive track record and a constant flow of cases, this firm is one of the recognised leaders in claimant work. The large team takes on individual and group action claims stemming from injuries and illnesses occurring abroad, and from marine and aviation accidents. Lawyers at this ‘eminent and highly motivated practice’ are applauded for their wide-ranging experience, and for ‘always responding extremely quickly to clients’ needs.’”
Chambers & Partners

How We Handle Accidents At Sea Claims

Injuries can have far reaching physical, emotional and financial consequences. We fight hard to ensure that our clients receive a settlement that reflects the severity of the injury, the necessary rehabilitation, as well as any financial losses (such as loss of earnings and medical expenses).

If you’ve had an accident at sea, you may feel daunted at the prospect of making a claim. We have experienced lawyers in this area, who will handle your claim with sensitivity and understanding. At all times we aim to minimise the stress, keep you informed, and ensure you’re looked after. All this while fighting hard to ensure you get the compensation you’re entitled to.

We have the largest team of international personal injury lawyers in the UK, working solely on claims relating to accidents and illnesses abroad. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury, we can also help you access specialist rehabilitation services and help you get life back on track.

Contact Us To Talk About Making A Claim

For a free consultation about making a compensation claim for an accident at sea, call us on 0800 121 6558 or contact us online.


Legal 500

Practice head Clive Garner is a “game changer, who knows foreign and international law like the back of his hand”

Legal 500 2015

Chambers 2016 

"They are efficient and pay extraordinary personal attention to the client."

Chambers & Partners 2016

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All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.

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