Types of Cruise Ship Injuries


 That long-awaited vacation finally nears. Your suitcases are packed, your itinerary is planned, and
the countdown is on. Whether you’re heading for excursions, to see new places, or to soak in the
sun, you can’t wait to step onto that cruise ship. 
The vast majority of people who decide to go on a cruise have a great time. Many don’t experience any problems. However, this isn’t true for everyone. Neglect does occur, and people get injured. When that happens, we are here to help.


Recent Injuries on Cruise Ships

Just recently in the news, there have been Norovirus outbreaks, drownings at sea, passengers being thrown overboard, and even assaults on cruise ships. Other dangerous circumstances on ships have led passengers to suffer spinal and back injuries, amputations, concussions, brain injuries, broken bones, lacerations, and death. However, for every one case reporter, there are many that are silenced.

In fact, it has only been since 2014 the law commands cruise lines to publicize the crimes committed on their ships. 

Cruise lines have a strong desire to protect their brand in the cruise industry and sweep negative experiences under the rug. This is why it is vital to work with a knowledgeable and experienced cruise accident attorney. 

The complex litigation attorneys at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm have the resources to understand maritime law. They have helped injured consumers for 20 years.  Because of this, it is important that after an injury, you or a loved one take pictures of the area where the injury occurred. 

There are a variety of various accidents on a cruise ship. They can range greatly. These include: disasters, sicknesses, injuries, deaths, crime and weather conditions. 

Cruise ships bring a number of potential safety hazards  inherent to a marine environment. This includes corrosion from salt water, sea spray, and water tracked into high traffic areas from pool areas. Spilled drinks, wet or foreign substances, food in restaurants, loose flooring to water tracked in by guests using the swimming pools, even dim lighting in stairwells and hallways are all common causes of slip and falls.

Cruise ship slip and falls can also be due to negligent design, negligent maintenance or due to dangerous surfaces. Other slip and falls happen from not properly maintained or properly secured cruise ship equipment.

Modern mega cruise ships now have urgent care centers on board that are staffed with doctors and nurses who can treat passengers suffering from a wide range of illnesses and injuries. These range from sea sickness, broken bones, and in some instances, even life-threatening medical conditions.

However, previous law made passengers unable to hold these medical professionals accountable when they injured patients. The cruise industry has been fighting to keep their immunity for decades, but a few years ago the court reversed it. 

Now, you and future patients have protections against cruise ship medical malpractice

The cruise-ship environment can help enable rape and sexual assault. On vacation, people become less vigilant.  Plus, many times there isn’t any immediate law enforcement available. 

Cruise lines are now required to report all crimes to the Department of Transportation. The number of reported sexual assaults on cruise ships jumped 550% in the first six months of 2016, going to 39 from six in 2015. Overall, reported crimes on ships jumped from only 12 to to 61. Plus, many cruise ships attempt to sway victims to not report the crime. 

Just a few years ago, finding information on crimes occurring on cruise ships was difficult. In 2010, however, the Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act (CVSSA) required the cruise lines to begin reporting major incidents. These reports are released quarterly on the Department of Transportation’s website.

Specifically, these quarterly reports cover six different major crimes that occur on cruise ships:

  • Homicide
  • Suspicious Death
  • Kidnapping
  • Assault with Serious Bodily Injury
  • Firing or Tampering with Vessel
  • Theft greater than $10,000

Defective cruise ship equipment can come in many forms. This is why it is important that the cruise ship inspects every piece of equipment that they have because they do not know when an equipment can start to malfunction. The most common defective equipment that someone will find on a cruise are:

  • Sliding doors
  • Elevators
  • Escalators
  • Railings
  • Lighting
  • Equipment used during activities

These are just some equipment that could become defective. Regularly maintaining these types of equipment could prevent it from becoming defective. Otherwise, severe injuries can be the result of an accident in any of these areas.

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. Some of the most commonly reported crew injuries are similar to those that passengers may experience include: burns, sprains, broken limbs, and sometimes even death. 

When a person on a ship’s manifest disappears while the vessel is at sea, the shipping company has a duty to conduct a reasonable search immediately upon learning of the disappearance. If the person is not quickly found aboard the vessel, then a search and rescue is undertaken. The vessel should return to the last location at sea when the person was seen subject to adjusting for the weather and sea conditions.

When the negligence of a cruise ship manufacturer, owner, or staff member causes you or a loved one to be harmed in a wave pool or water slide accident, that party might be liable for the ensuing repercussions.

Cruise ship passenger injuries and accidents sometimes occur while visiting ports of call during a shore-side excursion. Cruise lines often argue that they are not responsible for “off-ship” injuries to their cruise passengers because of a signed waiver of liability clause or, alternatively, that the shore-side concessionaire is an “independent contractor” over whom the cruise line had no control. In certain instances, however, the law says otherwise. 

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.

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