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Injured on a Cruise Ship? Call Us

Introduction to Cruise Ship Injuries

Cruise vacations promise relaxation and adventure, but accidents do happen. Injuries aboard cruise ships can range from minor incidents to severe accidents, raising complicated legal questions about liability and compensation.

Common Types of Cruise Ship Injuries

Injuries on cruise ships stem from slips and falls, food poisoning, recreational activities, assaults, and medical negligence from inadequate onboard medical care.  [1]

Legal Grounds for Cruise Ship Injury Claims

Cruise ship injury claims involve complexities under maritime law and can be based on negligence, product liability, breach of contract, and general maritime law principles such as maintenance and cure for injured seamen. [2]

Crucial Elements for a Successful Claim

To succeed in a cruise ship injury claim, plaintiffs usually need to prove duty of care, breach of that duty, causation between the breach and injury, and demonstrate damages incurred, including physical injury, emotional distress, or financial loss.

The Role of the Passenger Ticket

After a cruise ship injury, it is crucial to carefully review the passenger ticket contract for key clauses such as forum selection, statute of limitations, and liability waivers.

Steps to take include seeking immediate medical attention, documenting the incident with evidence, reporting to ship staff, consulting a maritime attorney, and keeping all documentation for potential legal action.

After sustaining an injury on a cruise ship, it is crucial to follow these steps:

  1. Seek immediate medical attention either onboard or at the nearest port. [3]
  2. Document the incident by taking photos, gathering witness information, and filing an incident report with the cruise
  3. Preserve evidence by keeping all relevant documents, such as the ticket contract and any injury-related


While a cruise vacation should be a paradise on the sea, injuries can disrupt the experience and lead to significant harm. [4] [5] Understanding your legal rights and taking appropriate action is essential. Consult a maritime law expert to navigate these challenging waters and secure the justice and compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been injured on a cruise ship, give us a call at the Michael Brady Lynch Firm at 888-585-5970. 

Date: June 13, 2024

Author: Brandon Salter

Editor: Sonya Coenen


[1] https://www.maritimeinjuryguide.org/cruise-ship-injuries/

[2] https://www.foxnews.com/travel/congress-introduces-legislation-to-protect-cruiserssafety-rights

[3] https://www.maritimeinjuryguide.org/blog/steps-take-maritime-injury/

[4] https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2024/01/10/sex-assault-cruise-ship-reports/

[5] https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/21/us/carnival-cruise-line-damages-passengersexually-assaulted/index.html

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