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Injured cruise line passengers have only one year from the date of an injury aboard a cruise ship to file a lawsuit or the claim will be forever barred. These cases are maritime law cases. Although the general maritime law provides for a three year period to file a lawsuit, a niniteenth century law allows cruise lines to shorten the time to one year just by inserting a paragraph in the passenger ticket. This provision is usually burried in the fine print around page 10 on the back of the ticket and all cruise lines take advantage of this law.

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