Woman Dies after Falling from Balcony on Carnival Cruise Ship
Another Carnival Cruise ship falling injury was reported by the Tampa Bay Times. The paper reported that a woman sailing on the Carnival Elation ship from Jacksonville fell from her cabin’s balcony and died. Unfortunately, this isn’t an uncommon occurrence. In fact, this is the third falling accident from a Carnival Cruise ship in the past 6 months.
Carnival Cruise Ship Falling Injuries
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.
It is unknown what played a part in the death of the female passenger on the Carnival Elation. The woman fell from the balcony in her stateroom on the 14th deck of the ship to the 11th deck. This was a two-story fall. The Carnival Elation doesn’t have a 13th deck. A representative said all balconies on the ship meet Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act standards. The ship departed from Jacksonville, Florida for a four-day cruise and was near Freeport, Bahamas, at the time of the woman’s fall.
Other Carnival Cruise Ship Falling Injuries
In the past six months, there have been multiple falling injuries. In October, an 8-year-old fell over the railing on the fifth floor of the Carnival Glory. She fell two stories and died. In February, a Georgia man fell overboard from the 11th deck of the Carnival Elation while the ship was near the Bahamas. After searching more than 1,300 square miles, the Coast Guard called off the search the next day.
Don’t Wait to Get Help After an Injury
We urge anyone involved in an accident during their Carnival cruise to consult with an experienced and aggressive complex litigation attorney. Important evidence such as CCTV footage of the incident, maritime data regarding the wind and wave conditions, and the names of witnesses and crew members are often lost or difficult to locate with the passage of time. The sooner a lawyer can initiate a claim the better the result. 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 Michael Brady Lynch, our lawyers have decades of experience helping injured people get justice. Plus, we help victims receive compensation for injuries caused negligence. Many cruise lines require passengers to file civil lawsuits within a short time. There are important legal deadlines that injured people cannot miss. Contact The Michael Brady Lynch today, and our attorneys will review your case for free and help you protect your rights. For your complimentary consultation, call our office now.