Cruise Ship Injuries
About 20 million people take cruise ship vacations and expeditions every year, and industry statistics show that within the next five years, the number of people traveling by cruise ship could jump to over 25 million.
With this many passengers, its nearly inevitable that accidents and injuries will happen. However, Cruise liners have a high duty of responsibility to their passengers as defined by admirality and maritime law. Nearly any type of accident can occur on a cruise, from food poisoning to slip, trip and fall accidents. Guest may be injured while they are on a day excursion or even while walking the gangway as you disembark from the ship. You could suffer an injury or accident while on the ship or when traveling to and from a port on a tender boat. Rough seas can bring about a whole host of issues, including guest and crewmember injuries, someone falling overboard, cargo damage, and even the wrongful death of a loved one.
Crimes also occur on cruise ships, including physical and sexual assaults, theft, rape, even disappearances. However, cruise lines are to provide safe travel to all passengers and must obey security protocols which include monitoring crew and guest activities, keeping public areas well lighted and clean, installing and maintaining security cameras, and having enough security for the number of passengers. All cruise lines must uphold their duty of care to their passengers or they could be held responsible for the victim’s injuries, losses and other damages.
Be aware that you only have a set amount of time to bring legal action against a cruise line for any injuries or harms that occurred on the ship or while on an excursion. Typically, your passenger ticket will have a contract on it that explains how long you have to file a claim and may even state where you can file a claim.
If you or a loved one were injured or harmed while on a cruise, fill out the form for a free, confidential, no obligation case evaluation.