Crew Member Accidents & Injuries
With the average cruise ship setting sail with approximately 2,700 passengers aboard, it takes a lot of crew members to ensure a successful and safe trip. From the captain’s team to the food and beverage staff, each crew member faces unique tasks and challenges, leading to a wide variety of potential crew member accidents and injuries.
Common Crew Member Accident Types
On a cruise ship, there can be a variety of common crew member accidents. Some of them are:
The most common injuries crew members report are burns, sprains, strains, and broken limbs. This can be the result of improper safety practices or faulty ship equipment. After a broken limb or sprain, a crew member could experience loss of wages. This shouldn’t happen especially if the cruise has been negligent.
Slip and Fall Injuries
These injuries can be minor or extremely serious. In fact, crew members can suffer a serious head injury from a fall. Unfortunately, these are common injuries and everyone is vulnerable from janitorial to spa crew members since cruise ship decks, stairs and floors are slippery.
Repetitive Lifting Injuries
Crew members work for many years in the same position of server or porter. These injuries are so common that the cruise lines have coined the term “cumulative trauma disorder” (“CTD”) to refer to these kinds of injuries. After years of lifting heavy food service trays or equipment, crew members also suffer injuries to joints. These can be knees, ankles, shoulders, or back injuries. When someone has joint pain, it can lead to arthritis or other degenerative conditions.
Injuries from Inadequate Medical Care
When a cruise ship injury hurts a crew member, the cruise line may refer crew members shore side to unskilled and unqualified doctors to save money. When these doctors provide bad medical care to crew members, minor injuries can then turn into major ones. Here are a few examples of medical malpractice crew members may experience:
- Failure to pay for back surgery makes a crew member’s condition worse
- An unskilled shoreside surgeon harming a crew member instead of helping
- An unskilled doctor ignoring and not managing a cardiac event
- Failure to diagnose and treat kidney disease resulting in death
- Use of improper surgical hardware resulting in permanent disability
- Failure to properly treat a broken bone
- Failure to properly assess a concussion or brain injury
Injured Crew Members Compensation
Crew members could receive a wide range of compensation for on-the-job injuries. This may include payment for medical care and treatment, lost wages as well as damages for pain and suffering resulting from the accident. The amount of compensation depends upon the severity of the injury, the number of wages the crew member has lost and will lose in the future, the age of the crew member, and the amount of medical treatment required in the past and likely be required in the future.
Don’t Wait to Get Help After an Injury
If you or a loved one suffered a cruise ship related injury, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Once you disembark, your next step should be to get experienced legal help from a knowledgeable attorney.
At The Michael Brady Lynch Firm, our lawyers have decades of experience helping injured people get justice and full compensation for injuries caused negligence. Given that lawsuits against cruise ships are in a venue favorable to the cruise lines, it is incredibly important to have an experienced attorney with ample resources to prosecute your claim. The Michel Brady Lynch Firm regularly takes on the largest corporations in the world with a track records of proven success and results. Contact The Michael Brady Lynch Firm today, and our attorneys will review your case for free and help you protect your rights. For your complimentary consultation, call our office now.