Cruise Ship Water Park Injuries
Cruise line competition is fierce. Each Cruise line tries to create bigger and better attractions for their ships. Popular upgrades include water slides, wave pools, and other aquatic activities. Unfortunately, these are also some of the more dangerous areas on a cruise ship. Crowded pools, fast slides, and lack of lifeguards combine to cause hundreds of injuries every year. Not to mention there is an issue of intoxication. When a cruise ship is negligent and someone gets hurt in a water park, the cruise line could be liable.
Common Cruise Ship Water Park Injuries
Crowded pool areas seem like a lot of fun, however, they can be especially hazardous. If a lifeguard is on duty, it is impossible to supervise all the people. Unfortunately, lack of supervision can result in accidental drownings, and other injuries in and around the pool area. Plus, packed pool areas increase the likelihood of injuries caused by slips, falls, or running into other passengers. Additionally, passengers speeding down water slides may injure those crowded around the bottom of the slide.
Water slides and wave pools can be dangerous even when they are not maintained or supervised properly. However, when a cruise line is negligent in their duties regarding maintaining and monitoring these water features, passengers are even more at risk of suffering from:
- Choking events
- Head injuries and concussions
- Broken bones or fractures
- Spinal injuries
- Falling off a slide or from a great height
Sadly, an unsuspecting passenger might also drown as a result of an unsafe pool or water slide, causing their family unimaginable grief.
Then, the addition of alcohol to the environment increases the potential for injury. When passengers are overserved and cause injury to themselves or others, the cruise line may also bear some liability for that person’s injuries. It is important after an injury to photograph the scene for future reference.
Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act
After several Congressional hearings prompted after the disappearance of George Allen Smith IV during his honeymoon on a Royal Caribbean cruise, President Obama signed into law the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010. The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act was an attempt to try to make cruise ships safer. It also provides reporting requirements and disclosures to the public. Therefore, the public is more aware of these incidents that occur on board cruise ships. Even though this law passed 8 years ago, only recently have cruise lines started to comply. Cruise lines still try to deter people from reporting any injuries aboard.
Don’t Wait to Pursue Legal Action
Sadly, the statute of limitations for cruise ships is quite short. It can be just a year in some cases. This is why it is important to not wait if a water park injured you or a loved one. If you, your child, or your relative 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.