Cruise Ship Injury Claims

Cruise Ship Accidents/Injuries

By Sandra Dalton, Staff Writer

If you have been injured while on a cruise, you can pursue compensation for your injuries, but you will need the help of an experienced cruise ship injury attorney. Cruise ship injury claims are complex. They fall under a different type of law than injuries and accidents occurring on land. The cruise lines have gone to great lengths to make it as difficult as possible for passengers to recover compensation for their injuries, but it can be done with the help of a skilled and experienced attorney.

Common Cruise Ship Injuries

Common cruise ship accidents and injuries include:

  • Slip and fall
  • Accidents occurring on excursions
  • Food poisoning
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Assaults
  • Medical malpractice

Slip and Fall

Crowds, slippery decks, and the motion of the ship make slip and fall a common cruise ship accident. Slip and fall injuries can be very serious, resulting in long-term or permanent impairment. Slip and fall accidents can be fatal. On a ship there is the real danger of a passenger falling overboard and drowning. Not every fall is actionable, but you may be able to recover substantial compensation if your fall was the result of an intentional act, such as being shoved by a crew member, or negligence such as:

  • Slippery residue from cleaning products left on floors
  • Damages or loose carpet or other flooring
  • Wobbly or broken handrails
  • Items left in hallways, such as food trays, luggage, or cleaning supplies
  • Overcrowding
  • Inadequate lighting

Medical Negligence

If you were the victim of medical malpractice while on a cruise, there is a good chance that you can now sue the cruise line, not just the doctor or other health care professional. You may have heard otherwise because cruise lines used to enjoy immunity from medical negligence claims, but a ruling by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal, in November, 2014, changed that. Now, cruise lines can be held responsible for the medical care they provide.

Excursion Injuries

You can also seek compensation for injuries you incurred on an excursion, not just while on the cruise ship. Common excursion accidents and injuries include:

  • Tender accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Dock accidents
  • Assault, attacks, and theft as a result of negligent security
  • Accidents, injuries and death caused by defective or malfunctioning equipment

If you were injured on a cruise ship or if you have lost someone as a result of cruise ship injuries, you can learn more about your rights and how you can recover damages for your losses by searching our directory to find a lawyer near you.

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