As global cruise ship fleets gain popularity among vacationers, the number of major cruise ship accidents has increased as well.
If you or a loved one was injured while on a cruise ship, contact an experienced injury lawyer immediately. Cruise line tickets are like contracts, and they often stipulate a strict time frame for which passengers must file an injury claim.
At the DeMayo Law Offices, we’re prepared to aid those who’ve suffered aboard a negligent cruise line. Call our Charlotte office at 877-529-1222 for a free consultation, or contact our attorneys online.
Cruise Ships and Liability
Cruise lines have a responsibility to preserve the safety of passengers and maintain the safety of the ship.
In addition to common accidents like a slip, trip, or fall, cruise ships can sink, catch fire, and suffer mechanical errors that panic those on board. In the past, passengers have even been exposed to viral outbreaks and serious crimes perpetrated by crew members.
Since 2000, approximately 300 people on cruise ships have fallen overboard—reportedly, 25 passengers fell overboard in 2018 alone.
And while falling overboard is one of the rarest things that can happen aboard a cruise ship, accidents, injuries, and illness are fairly common.
Just like other injury lawsuits, a cruise line can be held legally responsible for damages, if the plaintiff can prove the cruise line was negligent (i.e., they knew of the danger and did nothing; or, they should have known the danger existed but were unaware).
Negligence (as it relates to cruise ships) might include:
- Poor or nonexistent safety protocols
- Poorly designed architectural features (i.e., staircases, waterslides, handrails, etc.)
- Poorly maintained decks or flooring
- Unsupervised pools or water features
- Insufficient lighting
- Damaged or non-operational security features (e.g., locks, video surveillance, etc.)
- Poor hiring practices (i.e., skipping background checks)
- Poor crew sanitation or hygiene
When dangerous conditions remain unchecked on a cruise ship, passengers are likely to get hurt. If a passenger is injured, the cruise line may be liable for the resulting injury and any financial burden it may have placed on the victim.
Unfortunately, since these vessels transport passengers to far off places and often through international waters, cruise ship injury claims can be complicated.
Don’t get hung up on logistics; let an experienced attorney walk you through your legal options.
Do you have questions about a cruise ship injury? Contact the DeMayo Law Offices at 877-529-1222 for a free consultation, or contact our attorneys online.
Important Information for Injured Passengers
Damages associated with cruise ship injuries can vary. Medical costs, pain and suffering, travel costs, and other damages are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
An experienced attorney can help sort through the paperwork, bills, and various expenses that may accumulate due to a cruise ship injury. They’ll also be able to figure out where the lawsuit must be filed.
In many cases, cruise lines operate in a state or country that differs from the victim’s home state or port of departure. The terms of the cruise ship ticket often stipulate which court the suit must be filed and how quickly.
Moreover, cruise ship injury cases often struggle with questions of jurisdiction. Some cruise lines register their ships with foreign countries.
The complexities that surround these cases are best left to an experienced attorney with a track record of success.
Get the Representation You Deserve
The DeMayo Law Offices have been protecting the rights of injured people for almost 30 years. Our clients count on our expertise to overcome injustice and safeguard their futures.
We take pride in helping accident victims, and we may be able to help you too.
Consultations are always free, and our attorneys work on a contingent-fee basis, which means it won’t cost you anything to see if we can help.
Time is not on your side! Contact an attorney today to protect your cruise ship injury claim.