Cruise Ship Injury Lawyers
Cruise line companies spend lots of money to create a magical experience while at sea. Unfortunately, cruises are not always pleasurable when passengers are injured through shore excursion accidents and other negligent mistakes made on board.
Travelers purchasing a passenger ticket expects the cruise ship industry to follow admiralty and maritime laws to ensure their safety while on vacation. Injury victims can suffer harm through violence or serious injuries caused by the negligent behavior of crew members.
Even though shipowners in the United States from the world have a duty of care to ensure everyone's safety, they often exploit legal loopholes and fine print in their ticket contracts. Their failure to provide reasonable care could cause catastrophic problems for passengers, including exposure to norovirus.
A Cruise Ships Accident Attorney can Help
Hiring personal injury attorneys with a record of success when pursuing cruise ship injury damages can protect your rights. The experienced cruise ship accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent accident victims of serious injury and wrongful death by obtaining compensation through accident claims.
We currently represent injured passengers filing cruise ship injury claims against Carnival Cruise, Royal Caribbean, and other major cruise lines.
Cruise Ships Injury FAQs
What to do if You are Injured on a Cruise Ship?
The International Maritime Organization Admiralty and Maritime rules apply to any individual, requiring you to report your injury immediately when traveling on a crew ship. Be cautious about what you report in spoken words or writing, and know that investigators will review the case.
Maritime laws restrict filing a compensation claim to six months. Thus, it is essential to speak with a maritime attorney specializing in cruise ship cases as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected in receiving financial compensation for your damages.
How Many Deaths Occur on Cruise Ships?
According to the statistics, approximately 200 individuals died in 2019 on cruise ships. While the number of wrongful death might be staggering, over twenty-one million passengers traveled on cruise ships that year worldwide.
What Happens if You get Injured on a Cruise?
Typically, a cruise ship officer charged with preparing an incident report will gather evidence and investigate what happened after speaking to eyewitnesses. The report will include the names and addresses of all witnesses and victims harmed by the cruise ship's accident event.
How Dangerous are Cruises?
Some of the largest cruise ships in the world carry nearly 10,000 passengers, crew members, and officers on every cruise. These floating crew ship cities can be as dangerous as any other small community with illness, crime, injury, and death.
Passengers do die on cruises from natural causes, explosions, fires, and unsanitary conditions. Nearly every cruise ship pollutes the environment and produces hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage every week.
Do Cruise Ships Stop if You Fall Overboard?
Cruise ships will slow down and turn around to search for passengers who fell overboard at day or during nighttime hours. However, the massive ship takes over a mile to come to a stop and could take an hour to completely turnaround.
About one out of every four individuals who have fallen overboard at sea have been found by the cruise ships or other ships in the area that joined in the search. There were twenty-six passenger overboard cruise ship incidents reported in 2019 worldwide.
Why Should You Never go on a Cruise?
Vacationing on a cruise ship can expose passengers to hot summer days, intense sunlight, and exposure to the elements. Many passengers experience heatstroke, heat stress, sunburns, and skin blisters during their cruise.
Others experience dizziness from consuming too much alcohol, fatigue from late-night hours, lack of sleep, or being on the go day after day.
Causes of Cruise Ship Injuries
Many things can go awry during a cruise, and most passengers are entirely unaware of the many possible causes of harm on a cruise line and at the port. These injuries include the following.
- Illnesses that result from the contamination of food or ship supplies - the confinement of many people on board a single ship makes it relatively easy for diseases to spread once an outbreak occurs, which makes it extremely important that each ship's crew is diligent about sanitation, disease prevention, and early detection of outbreaks. (See here for a discussion of food poisoning)
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents - There are numerous ways that a passenger can suffer a fall on a cruise ship. Wet or uneven surfaces account for the majority of slip, trip, and fall cases, but obstacles placed in the path of travelers and the lack of warning signs may contribute as well.
- Physical or sexual assault by a crew member - Authorities can file criminal charges, and attorneys can file civil lawsuits on behalf of the victims of inexcusable physical or sexual assault.
Cruise companies have a responsibility to screen their employees properly and take immediate action whenever a customer files a complaint or cites concern about an employee.
- The disappearance of passengers - On occasion, travelers might find that a loved one is unaccounted for and might have been abandoned at a port or suffered some ill fate. Cruise companies are responsible for the well-being of passengers and must account for all those who are on board.
- Influence of drugs or alcohol - Intoxicated crew members can cause cruise ship accidents that result in injuries and wrongful death. When these incidents occur, the cruise company may be held liable for any harm that befalls a cruise ship passenger while a crew member is under the influence.
You did not purchase cruise tickets to be injured or assaulted, or get ill from tainted drinks or food while on your cruise. You have the right to recover compensation that pays for any expenses that you've incurred because of your injuries.
Your compensation from the cruise line should pay for medical bills, physical or emotional pain and suffering, and the loss of income during your injury recovery.
In some cases, the judge will allow victims to receive punitive damages as a punishment if your cruise ships accident case was caused by extreme or wilful negligence. Punitive damages send a strong message to the cruise ship company that the cause of your injuries is purely unacceptable.
Hire a Cruise Ship Injury Attorney to Protect Your Rights
The cruise ship accident lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are here to help you in your time of recovery. We can answer the many questions you have about your rights, legal options, and your chances of winning your case.
Our cruise ship accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means we will never require upfront payment for you or at any point throughout the process of litigating your cruise ship injury case. We will only collect a fee when we have successfully negotiated a settlement of your injury claim or secured a favorable judgment for you when taking the matter to trial.
Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation for legal advice and a case review. All discussions with our personal injury lawyers remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.
All documents for compensation must be filed by our trial lawyers before the Illinois statute of limitations expires. Our legal team follows social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus).