According to a study published in the journal, International Maritime Health, slips and falls are the most common cruise ship injuries. In a three-year study, slips, trips, and falls accounted for more nearly 45% of all injuries on the ships and almost 70% of injuries onshore.
Other types of cruise ship injuries
Incidents seen on cruise ships can result in a variety of injuries to passengers. A ship can suffer from any of these problems:
- Technical failure
- Bad weather
- Lack of safe food handling
- Lack of cleanliness and hygiene
- Inadequate infection control
This, together with the possibilities of accidents during excursions, can lead to various injuries, for example, bone fractures, concussions, spine injuries, organ damage, and others. Infections can also easily spread on cruise ships, including the coronavirus.
If you have suffered an injury on a cruise, you could potentially recover compensation for medical bills and other related costs.
Cruise Line Responsibility
Generally, a cruise line can be liable for your accident and injuries if they knew about hazardous conditions and did nothing to remedy them. The cruise line may also be held to account if they do not have adequate emergency policies and procedures, fail to maintain all aspects of the ship and amenities satisfactorily, fail to ensure adequate hygiene and food safety onboard, and hire negligently, among other reasons.
While the laws around personal injury and wrongful death cases with cruise line accidents can be complicated and differ markedly from land-based lawsuits, cruise lines can still potentially be held to account.
However, in order to receive compensation for any cruise ship injuries, you will have to prove liability. Simply slipping and falling does not necessarily mean that you have a case for a personal injury lawsuit. You will need evidence that proves that the cruise line or staff was negligent and that this negligence caused your accident, injury, and subsequent financial damages. This could be the case, for example, if your slip and fall accident on deck was caused by debris or water that staff had not cleaned away promptly.
Cruise ships in the U.S. are generally subject to the Shipping Act of 1984, which gives more responsibility to cruise lines to keep passengers safe.
If you have suffered an injury on a recent vacation but are unsure as to whether you could hold a cruise line responsible, getting the help of a cruise ship lawyer might be beneficial to you. A lawyer can advise you on whether you have a case against a cruise line.
Compensation for Cruise Ship Injuries
If you suffered injuries on a cruise vacation and intend to file a personal injury lawsuit for negligence, you could potentially sue the owner of the ship, the company that chartered the ship, the ticket agent, or any other third-parties that are liable for your accident.
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could recover compensation for economic damages such as present and future medical bills, physical therapy, medical transportation costs, lost wages, and other damages. You might also be able to obtain compensation for any non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and others.
If a cruise line or third party was extremely negligent or reckless in your case, you could also receive punitive awards in addition to any compensatory amounts. If you would like to find out more about potential compensation available for your specific case, you can contact a cruise ship lawyer for more information.
Contact Us Today for Help
If you have suffered from a common cruise ship injury that was the fault of the cruise line or staff, you are welcome to contact us as soon as possible for help with your case. Cruise lines can try to make it difficult for passengers to get justice and receive compensation for their injuries. Typically, on commencing the cruise, you sign a ticket contract that stipulates all kinds of special conditions for filing a lawsuit against a cruise line, which can serve as a deterrent for the victim of an accident.
A cruise line may set their own time limit for when you can file a lawsuit. Sometimes, you have to send a cruise line written notice within six months of the injury. The cruise line may not only stipulate when but also where you can file a lawsuit. For some of the major cruise lines, a plaintiff has to file suit in Miami, Florida.
While there are some barriers to personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against cruise lines, speaking to a cruise ship lawyer can help you find out about your rights and legal options. We do not shy away from tough cases and can help you get compensation for your injuries. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free evaluation of your case at (800) 794-0444.