Although taking a cruise is often an enjoyable experience, sometimes people sustain injuries on board. Maybe they fall down a flight of stairs, slip and fall on a deck, get injured while participating in an arranged activity, wind up falling overboard, etc. These events increase their risk of broken bones, concussions, internal injuries, hypothermia, and drowning. They may suffer a serious case of food poisoning or injure themselves at one of the ship's facilities, such as a swimming pool. Sometimes, they sustain injuries from an attack perpetrated by ship personnel. Cruise ship injuries may also result from equipment malfunctioning on board or an accident involving the entire vessel.
When injured on a cruise ship, what options do people have?
After sustaining a cruise ship injury and obtaining the necessary medical attention, it's often a good idea to consult with an attorney.
Sometimes an injury results from obvious negligence or recklessness on the part of a cruise ship company. For example ship facilities may not be properly built or maintained, or in the aftermath of an injury passengers may discover that the ship doesn't have adequate lifesaving equipment, medical supplies or food on board. Further, the ship's crew may behave irresponsibly or react inappropriately to serious situations.
Other times, the cause of an injury is less clear. If someone, for example, slipped down the stairs on a ship, did the lack of handrails or the use of loose or broken rails contribute to the injury? The ship itself may have had structural defects that increased the risk of various accidents. These defects aren't always apparent to passengers.
Consulting with an attorney can help people better understand if their injury stemmed from a preventable problem that the cruise ship company should have addressed. If the cruise ship company is responsible even in part for the injury, they should provide compensation to help people pay for medical bills, loss of employment, and other expenses associated with the injury. If you've sustained an injury on a cruise ship, don't hesitate to contact us for legal assistance and advice.