When someone embarks on a cruise ship, they are looking forward to a relaxing time free from worry and stress. Cruising is very popular, very safe, and most of the time passengers have a great time, and the trip becomes a fond, lasting memory.
Sometimes, however, a passenger is injured while aboard ship or on a shore excursion sponsored by the cruise line. These injuries can result from a variety of circumstances, such as slip or trip and falls, food poisoning or other food borne illnesses, infections caused by unsanitary conditions and other injuries caused by unsafe conditions on the ship. Injuries such as these can turn your dream trip into a nightmare quickly.
Other injuries that occur can be very serious, such as assault by a crew member or another passenger. Occasionally a passenger may be a victim of a violent crime such as sexual assault or sustain a serious injury such as a brain trauma or spinal cord damage. These types of injuries can create lasting physical emotional damage.
Cruise ship lines are responsible for the people they hire to work on the ship, but unfortunately hiring practices aren’t always the perfect system, and someone is hired who shouldn’t have been. If the cruise line hired someone who then committed a crime against a passenger, then it should be liable to the victim. You need an attorney knowledgeable in this area to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
In some cases it has even been found that the cruise line is responsible for the safety of the passengers who participate in shore excursions. If the line knew that a particular area had been experiencing high incidence of crimes, then they should not have sponsored that particular excursion. Passengers who have been robbed or assaulted in these circumstances have been able to recover from the cruise line.
Finally, if there has been a major accident on the ship, such as a fire, or running aground or colliding with another vessel and that accident was the result of negligence on the part of the crew of your ship, then you may be able to recover for your injuries. If the ship was abandoned, and injuries occurred due to the actions of the crew, there may be recovery for your injuries.
While cruise lines are responsible for the health and safety of their passengers, not every bump on the head or scraped knee will give rise to recovery. Dealing with the big corporations that own the cruise lines can be frustrating. You need an attorney with the experience and knowledge to analyze and pursue your claim successfully.
The attorneys at Brill & Rinaldi, The Law Firm are experienced in cruise ship injuries, and will help you recover the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured while on a cruise, contact our firm for a free evaluation of your case.