Cruise Ship Owner’s Duty
Most people do not board a cruise ship with the expectation that they will be injured or killed. However, this happens very frequently. Since 2005, companies reported 448 major cruise ship accidents. Of those 448 accidents, 66 of those ships ran aground, 79 have crashed into other vessels, and more than 15 have sunk.
When disaster strikes, what obligations do cruise ship owe you, their passengers?
Cruise Ship Owner’s Responsibility
A cruise ship has a duty to ensure safe transportation. Every country has its own vessel inspection laws, and inspection laws require a cruise ship to adhere to them. If the cruise ship is picking up passengers in U.S. ports, those cruise ships must adhere to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). This convention has strict requirements for crew competency and training, as well as numerous requirements for vessel seaworthiness.
Additionally, the Shipping Act of 1984 demands a heightened duty of care when it comes to cruise ships. They must ensure that all passengers arrive safely and owe a special duty of care to protect their passengers from criminal attacks.
If a passenger disappears from a cruise ship, the cruise line has a duty to perform a reasonable search and rescue, return to the place the passenger was last seen, and report the disappearance.
Injuries Aboard Cruise Lines
When injuries occur on a cruise, passengers may seek compensation from the cruise line owners and operators or the charter company. Sometimes even the ticketing agents are at fault. If you are injured on a cruise ship, you must pay special attention to the language on your ticket, because it often governs the laws and location where you may file suit. This may, in turn, limit your damages in some way.
To prove that the cruise line is liable for an injury, you must show that:
- The cruise line owed you a duty.
- The cruise line breached that duty.
- The breach of that duty caused your injury.
- The injury caused you damages.
Don’t Wait to Get Help After an Injury
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.