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If You Were Injured On A Cruise Ship, You Should Know Your Rights

Have you been seriously injured in a cruise ship accident? You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Cruise ships are a realm of their own. After you step on that large vessel, you’re entering a place that is firmly controlled by the actual cruise line owner of the particular ship.

The field that governs cruise ship accident claims is maritime law, which includes unique legal rules and guidelines that can easily complicate a potential lawsuit related to cruise ships and mishaps at sea. For this reason, if you’ve been hurt while on a cruise, you cannot underestimate the importance of contacting a cruise ship accident law firm as soon as possible for a cost-free legal consultation.

The lawyers at Goldberg and Hirsh P.A. will be able to examine your case and the surrounding circumstances and advise you with reference to your mishap, which may arise from:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents (tripping)
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Accidents at cruise line approved shore-side excursions
  • Accidents caused by engineering faults and cruise defects
  • Negligence and medical malpractice by cruise doctors
  • Cruise ship crimes
  • Cruise ship disappearances
  • Cruise ship food poisoning and viruses

Types Of Cruise Accidents

There are many different types of cruise accidents; here are some of the most common of them.

Cruise Slip-And-Fall Accidents

The most common type of cruise ship accidents involve slip-and-fall incidents, which may arise out of a variety of situations, including:

  • Objects out of place and uneven surfaces
  • Debris and trash that cruise employees have not disposed of properly
  • Slippery floors and wet-decks
  • Automatic doors accidents
  • Bad cruise maneuvering by the ship’s captain

Cruise companies carry with them a responsibility to have their cruise ships in sufficiently safe condition for the enjoyment of their passengers on board. Legally, they are bound to provide a safe atmosphere where their cruise passengers are allowed to enjoy their vacation without having to worry about an accident befalling them.

Regrettably, that’s not always the case. Sometimes cruise companies fail to conform to these necessary safeguards that are imposed on them in order to limit the occurrence of risky situations that can lead to people getting hurt on their vessels.

Cruise Water Slide And Swimming Pool Accidents

Cruise lines have a legal duty to ensure the safety of their passengers when they’re participating in water-related activities in or around their swimming pools and water slides. The cruise line must create an atmosphere of safety that limits risky scenarios, which may result in accidents and injuries to their passengers.

Even if the cruise line cannot entirely eliminate a dangerous situation, it still has the legal responsibility of minimizing these potential risk scenarios and to warn its passengers so as to avoid accidents and injuries. Wet-floor signs and other types of potential danger indicators are among some of the reasonable precautionary measures that cruise management should take to limit their passengers’ exposure to risky situations.

Keep in mind that there might be some unconventional laws and regulations that apply to your cruise ship accident. Most of the laws and regulations involve maritime and admiralty law that include legal requirements (like the time limit an injured cruise passenger has to file a lawsuit and forum selection clauses). For example, should you be hurt on a cruise ship that belongs to Norwegian Cruises, you might have only 12 months to file a claim for monetary compensation for your injuries.

Cruise Shore Excursion Accidents

There are numerous shore excursions and related activities sponsored by the owner of the cruise ship that happen outside of the cruise ship’s premises. Some of these activities may be exceedingly risky in nature:

  • Tours and island visits
  • Archaeological explorations and related expedition activities
  • Parasail, jet ski, zip line and scuba diving activities
  • Shopping and dining on land
  • Other types of shore excursions and offshore events

Maritime and admiralty law may govern a lot of the issues involving your cruise ship accident, including accidents related to these shore-side activities. While you may feel you are still inside the strictly controlled world of the cruise line, the fact may be that once you stepped off the ship you may not be under the cruise line’s jurisdiction anymore, and cruise personnel and crew may not supervise such off-ship activities.

However, the jurisdictional issues controlled by many complex sections of maritime and admiralty law do permit certain legal arguments to be made that are known by experienced maritime accident attorneys. The team of personal injury lawyers from the Florida-based law firm of Goldberg and Hirsh P.A. has the resources and knowledge of maritime law matters to present unique legal arguments on your behalf if you suffered an accident during one of these shore excursions and related offshore activities – contact us now for a free legal discussion.

Cruise Faults And Engineering Defects

This type of cruise ship accident involves an element of negligence arising from engineering defects, the actions of the captain of the vessel, crew errors, malfunctioning of engines, cruise ship fires, or any manner of other problems that are simply out of the control of the cruise passengers on board. These types of cruise ship accidents belong in a category of their own, given that they carry with them an increased risk of causing tragedies such as the wrongful death of a passenger or group of passengers.

Cruise Negligence And Medical Staff Malpractice

The cruise line and the medical staff onboard their cruises have a duty of facilitating appropriate medical care to injured passengers onboard the ship. Medical equipment and medical staff must conform to the health care standards and appropriate treatment accepted in the medical community.

While the cruise line may renounce liability for the treatment supplied by the medical staff on board, they’re nevertheless accountable for maintaining a secure atmosphere around the boat’s premises. They are also responsible for making sure their staff of doctors are adequately trained to handle the unique and unconventional range of maritime situations that often occur on cruise ships.

These incidents are sometimes outside the scope of expertise and health care training that can be reasonably expected from the medical team onboard a cruise. As a result, the cruise line might be liable not just for an accident that was triggered due to their negligence, but also for negligently failing to hire or train onboard medical care providers.

Let’s Discuss Your Case To Find Solutions

The experienced and knowledgeable lawyers at Goldberg and Hirsh P.A. will work on viable options to meet your needs. Call 305-909-6522 in Miami or contact us via our online form for a free initial consultation.