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Cruise Ship Injuries

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Cruise Ship Injuries | 0 comments

Cruise ships are a great getaway vacation that many Americans board every year. Inevitably, there are accidents and you might find yourself injured aboard a cruise ship. In this article, we will explore some cruise ship injuries that might occur and what legal options might be available to seek compensation for all associated costs.

  • Types of Cruise Ship Injuries:
  • Slips/Falls
  • Swimming Pool Accidents
  • Contaminated Food
  • Falling Overboard
  • Onshore Claims

Slips/Falls

Cruise ships can go far into the ocean and are constantly subjected to ocean sprays and water from storms, not including water sprayed by cleaning crews. All of this water can make for a very slippery experience. Cruise ships have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment for all of its passengers by providing high-quality traction, handrails, and notices in cases of significant slipperiness. If you slipped and sustained an injury while aboard a cruise, you might not be fully responsible. To be certain, contact attorneys like those at Vucci Law Group to determine if you have any legal recourse or potential for financial compensation to assist with medical costs.

Swimming Pool Accidents

Many cruise ships have swimming pools onboard. These can be dangerous places, prone to slips, falls and even more serious events like drowning. Cruise ships must follow laws to ensure passenger safety in swimming pools. If a cruise ship failed to maintain proper safety measures, they may hold some or all liability for your accident.

Contaminated Food

Since cruise ships can be at sea for many days and weeks at a time, they must store adequate amounts of food to feed their passengers. Improper storage of food can lead to serious cases of rotten, spoiled or even contaminated food. While at sea, a cruise ship might be tempted to make irresponsible decisions regarding their food supplies to prevent the costs of returning to shore. If a cruise ship knowingly serves unhealthy food or fails to maintain reasonable measures to prevent spoiling of food served to its patrons, the company could be liable for any illnesses associated with that food. If you have become sick due to eating food on a cruise ship, you might be eligible for legal recourse.

Falling Overboard

Oceans are dangerous places and cruise ships must design their experiences appropriately and conscientiously so that no passengers are subjected to horrifying experiences like falling overboard. If you have fallen overboard and there is any reason to believe that the fall could’ve been prevented by a reasonable mechanism like handrails, you might have a case.

Onshore Claims

Even if you aren’t on the cruise ship at the time of your injury, you could have a case. Malfunctions of equipment of cruise company vehicles while onshore can have catastrophic effects and lead to significant physical or emotional distress. If you have been injured in any way by a cruise company’s vehicles or during a cruise tour, the cruise company could potentially be liable for all your injury costs. Please note that this list is not comprehensive – there are many other instances for which you might be relieved of liability.

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Accidents on Cruise Tenders

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Cruise Ship Injuries | 0 comments

Cruise ships are a very popular choice for people who want to visit a number of places while being with a family. There are so many options that cruise ships offer, and these are often very appealing for those who wish to travel while enjoying the travel time to another location. However, as with any vacation, there are risks that come with cruise ship travel. One of the common ways that people get into accidents when in a cruise ship is when they are in the tender.

Tenders are smaller boats that help transport passengers to the port. This happens when the cruise ship can’t go to the port because of its size, so a smaller boat may be needed to transport the passengers. When this happens, it will be the cruise ship who will be held liable for any accident that may happen during the transport of passengers. According to the website of Louis A. Vucci, majority of the tender accidents occur on the gangway ramp. There are various ways that gangway ramps can break free from the cruise ship or tender, causing passengers to plunge into the ocean. This can be dangerous, especially for those who doesn’t know how to swim, because they might not be wearing life jackets while crossing the gangway ramp and could drown if not rescued immediately. If the water is not deep enough, they might suffer injuries due to the impact of the fall.

When an accident occurs on the tender or gangway ramp the individual or those involved in the accident has legal right to file for a lawsuit or a personal injury claim against the cruise ship management. Important details such as the time of the accident, the general situation when it happened, and the witnesses that can be necessary for the claim should be noted, then contacting a personal injury attorney who specializes in cruise ship accidents should be made in order to know the next course of action.

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