Maritime/Admiralty Injury Statute of Limitations

Time Limitations

The statute of limitations on a maritime/admiralty injury case is generally three years. However, there are numerous exceptions and variations. For example, cruise lines are statutorily permitted to require that passengers provide notice of an injury claim within six months of the injury, and they are allowed to establish a one-year statute of limitations in their cruise ticket. In certain circumstances, a vessel owner may be able to ask that a court limit any potential liability on a claim against it to the value of its interest in a vessel and pending freight by filing a limitation of liability action within six months of receiving written notice of an injury claim. There are also circumstances where notice must be provided to a government entity that has wrongfully caused a loved one’s death in advance of being able to file a suit. Thus, it is important to consult with an experienced maritime attorney early in any potential case to ensure that you are aware of the actual statute of limitations and any notice that may be necessary.

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Fury Duarte serves clients in the Seattle area and throughout Washington. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your case, and we encourage you to contact us for a complimentary consultation. You can reach our office in Bellevue by calling 425-643-1606.