Cruise Ship Passenger Accidents and Injuries

Cruise ship companies have a legal obligation to you, the passenger. In fact, federal maritime requires the company to give aid. However, each claim is different. But what remains the same is every ship must be clear of any slip, fall, and trip dangers. Plus, a ship must commit to the quality maintenance of the equipment aboard. This is reasonable care.

Under this reasonable care provision, everyone can except the safe passage to and from the cruise ship.  Violations of reasonable care include:

  • A failure to warn of a hazardous condition
  • A failing in correcting the hazardous condition
  • Exposure of the passengers to an unneeded harm

Types of Cruise Ship Passenger Accidents

There are a variety of various accidents on a cruise ship. They can range greatly. These include:

  • Disasters: pirate attacks, sinking ships, or crashes
  • Sicknesses: outbreak of noroviruses, gastrointestinal illness, or influenza
  • Injuries: rapes, assaults, or slipping and falling fractures
  • Deaths: jumping overboard, suicides, murders, heart attacks, or drowning
  • Crimes: theft, robbery, smuggling, or hostile passenger behavior
  • Weather conditions: hurricanes, heavy storms, severe fog, or tsunamis

Past Cruise Ship Disasters

In 2005, a 70-foot wave hit the Norwegian Dawn and flooded 62 cabins. The ship was sailing back to New York from the Bahamas when heavy seas pounded the ship. Four passengers had cuts and bruises. The wave reached seven stories. It was as high as Deck 10. The captain offered free drinks, but many passengers found their belongings swimming in a foot of water.

In 2010, a norovirus outbreak swept through the Celebrity Mercury. It didn’t happen once but THREE times. During the journey, 1 in 5 passengers ended up with horrible vomiting and gastrointestinal symptoms. This is turning into a common occurrence. There have already been eight outbreaks of gastrointestinal sickness on cruise lines in the first two and a half months of this year. Compare that to 2009 and 2008, when there were just 15 outbreaks each during the entire year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Carnival Triumph had a generator fire. This left the ship powerless and without working bathrooms. Therefore, passengers used the facilities in red “hazardous waste” bags. Then, they stuffed the bags in the cans left in the hall. Plus, raw sewage soaped the carpets. It took four days for the ship to be towed. Others commented that they could smell the ship from the dock.

These are just a few disasters. There have been many others.  

Get Help From a Complex Litigation Attorney

A cruise experience is supposed to be a joyous vacation from your everyday life. It isn’t supposed to be stressful or painful. If you are the victim of an accident or injury, contact the dedicated professionals at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm.

The Michael Brady Lynch Firm has successfully represented thousands of consumers and recovered millions of dollars for their clients. Our team of attorneys has been recognized as some of the most experienced and successful in the country. Our award-winning staff is also sought after for our knowledge on complex litigation, scientific evidence development, negotiation strategies and trial tactics.

Most of all, our law office is resourceful and dedicated to pursuing any compensation you are due. Because of this, we have received a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, such as inclusion on numerous Plaintiff Steering Committees.  We will take whatever legal measures are necessary when fighting for your rights to damages.

Act fast to be able to get the most out of your claim.  Cruise ships negligence cannot go unpunished. It is important to note that after an injury to take photographic evidence of the area. 

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