Cruise Ship Accidents
LEGAL HELP FOR CRUISE SHIP ACCIDENT INJURY VICTIMS
As cruises have become more affordable, the numbers of passengers has soared. These “floating cities” are now attracting an estimated 12 million passengers every year. But don’t let the illusion of security blind you. Cruise ships create a false sense of community and security, when in reality they are like a small city filled with strangers, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
Onboard your dream vacation, a variety of things could go wrong, from shipwrecks and maritime emergencies, to sexual assault and fatal accidents. These can lead to costly and even life-threatening injuries. If you have been the victim of a disastrous cruise ship experience that has left you or your loved ones injured, contact our experienced maritime accident lawyers for a free legal consultation. You may be entitled to collect damages for your injuries.
COMMON CRUISE SHIP ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES
There are many incidents that can leave you and your family injured or in danger on a cruise ship. Here are a few examples of what can go wrong on a cruise ship:
- Shore excursion/recreational activities
- Shore excursions are activities or tours offered to passengers that allow them to explore the region (i.e., snorkeling and horseback riding.)
- A variety of accidents can occur on shore excursions, including slip and falls, automobile accidents, drownings, and more.
- Medical malpractice
- Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by a negligent doctor. This can happen anywhere, even in the middle of the ocean.
- Every cruise ship is equipped with an infirmary, where passengers can be treated for minor injuries. Ship doctors and nurses working in these mini-hospitals are often contractors, meaning they are not employees of the cruise line.
- Substandard medical care, denial of access to emergency surgery, or a delay in treatment could lead to severe or permanent damage.
- Physical assault — There were 39 cases of crimes on the high seas last year involving U.S. citizens, many of them involving physical assault. Without licensed police onboard, crimes often go unreported or uninvestigated.
- Sexual assault — According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), sexual assaults are the dominant threat to women and minors on the high seas. Sexual assault is the leading crime reported to and investigated by the FBI on the high seas (comprising 55% of the crimes at sea that are reported to the FBI).
- Negligent operation
- Many maritime accidents stem from the negligent operation of the vessel, such as crashes and grounding.
- Slip and fall accidents
- Slip and fall accidents — This can occur in a variety of situations, one being when an area of the deck is wet.
- Fall overboard — Officials do not know why so many ship passengers fall overboard, but it is estimated that an average of 23 people have gone missing after falling overboard annually between 2011 and 2015.
- Onboard emergencies
- Fire — A fire on board a ship can be particularly dangerous because it can cause major damage and provide little chance for escape.
- Lists — A list occurs when the ship is leaning one way or another.
- Ship sinking — Sinking cruise ships are rare, but can still happen.
- Ship collisions — Although rare, ship collisions do occur and can cause injuries to passengers and crewmembers alike.
- Food poisoning — The norovirus, a gastrointestinal virus, is the most common cause of illness on cruise ships.
WHAT DO I DO AFTER BEING INJURED ON A CRUISE?
If you have been injured on a cruise ship, following these nine steps may help you in a future lawsuit against a cruise ship employee or cruise company:
- Get your injuries treated
- Report the incident to crew personnel
- Request a copy of any incident report
- Take down witness name and contact information
- Take photographs of your injuries
- Decide if you want to file a claim against the cruise line.
- Your cruise ticket may contain fine print specifying time limitations on filing a claim.
- The ticket may also reference a particular jurisdiction for any lawsuits against the cruise line.
- If you decide to pursue legal action against the cruise line, consider hiring a maritime attorney.
INJURED ON A CRUISE SHIP? CONTACT OUR INJURY ATTORNEYS
Thomas J. Henry has assisted victims of all kinds of accidents from across the United States achieve real results in the form of verdicts, settlements, and judgments. No matter how or where you were injured, our experienced injury lawyers will fight tirelessly on your behalf. In every case, we employ the best expert witnesses in the country to provide invaluable testimony and expert reports that can be crucial in obtaining a positive verdict. Our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to hear your claim. Contact us today for a free case review. If you or a loved one have been injured on a cruise ship, call Thomas J. Henry.