Cruise Line Lawsuits
All you have to do is follow the news to see widespread reports of accidents and incidents involving cruise ships. Recently, 500 passengers and crew had to be evacuated from the ship after a fire broke out, a woman spent 38 hours treading water after falling overboard from a Royal Caribbean ship, and several children drowned in onboard pools (most of which have no lifeguards).
It’s important to note that every cruise line has a duty to their passengers and employees to provide safe travel, whether that means providing workers with proper gear, training, and using established safety protocols.
When a ship fails to perform their duty, and someone gets hurt, the injured may be eligible for financial compensation for:
- The pain and suffering of their injuries
- Current and future medical costs
- Lost wages and missed work
Accidents can happen anywhere on a ship, from the decks to the cabins, to loading and unloading on the gangway, and getting on and off tenders. Serious accidents even happen on cruise excursions, such as when a tour bus was recently involved in a head-on collision with a commuter bus, killing three people and injuring ten more.
Injury law for the cruise industry is different than other types of injury law, and odds are, your local attorney may not be well-versed in the complexities of these types of injury claims. But you can bet the cruise lines know the ins and outs of the law and will use them to reduce, delay or even evade your claims. What the companies don’t want to do is admit fault and pay damages. That’s why it’s very important to seek representation from a law firm that is skilled, experienced in cruise line and maritime law.
Learn more about injury compensation for specific lines:
- Costa Cruise Lines
- Holland America
- Norwegian Cruise Lines
- Oceania Cruises
- Royal Caribbean/Anthem of the Seas
If you have been seriously injured or if you have lost a loved one in a cruise ship accident, speak to us as soon as possible. We have decades of experience in fighting for people hurt while on a cruise and for those work in the commercial maritime industries, and we stand ready to fight for you. Fill out the form for more information.