When you go on a cruise, you expect to relax and have the time of your life. Getting sick or injured during your vacation is a frustrating way to spend time off. Sadly, some people are victims of cruise ship accidents that not only ruin their trip, but can affect their life long after the ship is docked.
Cruise line companies have a duty under law to take care of their passengers. If you have been harmed while on a cruise ship due to the cruise ship’s oversight or negligence, you should contact a reputable maritime attorney. Pierce Skrabanek has built its strong reputation on protecting the rights of individuals harmed while on vessels at sea. Our attorneys have years of experience in maritime law and in helping victims secure the money they need to heal from injuries inflicted by another party’s carelessness. To get your free case review, reach out to us today.
A cruise ship is like a mini floating city. With all of the staff, passengers and equipment on such a large vessel, there is ample opportunity for something to go wrong. Here are some of the accidents that may befall cruise ship passengers:
Cruise ship passengers can suffer serious injuries during any cruise ship accident. Some of the injuries that passengers can sustain include:
When a passenger endures an injury due to the cruise ship’s negligence, it is important to hold the cruise liner responsible. By pursuing a claim, you can be compensated for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, which can help you recover from your injury.
A cruise ship must use the highest degree of care to safely transport its passengers to their destination. Many cruise ships that cater to American customers are not registered in the U.S. Still, maritime law applies to these vessels.
Maritime law dictates that cruise ship companies are liable for accidents on their vessels if it can be proved that the ship’s operator knew or should have known about the unsafe situation that triggered the accident.
When you purchase a ticket and board a ship, you are consenting to the terms that come with the ticket. It is a contract.
The information you need to file a lawsuit is usually included in these terms. Maritime law allows three years to file a personal injury claim, although this time frame can vary depending on the nature of the injuries.
Determining negligence under maritime law typically depends on if a “reasonably careful ship operator” would have known about the risk that caused the accident. For example, if a passenger fell into the water, a “reasonably careful ship operator” should have known about a rusted railing that precipitated the fall. On the other hand, a “reasonably careful ship operator” may not have known about inclement weather and rough sea conditions that lead to minor injuries among passengers.
While pursuing a cruise ship injury claim, it is important to keep in mind the following:
Cruise ship companies do not want to pay out injury claims as much as they do not want the accidents to happen in the first place. You should consider legal assistance before going up against these companies. The cruise ship accident attorneys here at Pierce Skrabanek can fight for your rights and secure the restitution you need to recover.
To learn more about your next legal steps, contact us today for a no-obligation case review.