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Can I Sue a Cruise Line for Personal Injury? What You Need to Know

Can I Sue a Cruise Line for Personal Injury? What You Need to Know

Over 12 million Americans sail on cruise ships each year. While most of these trips are fun and relaxing vacations, in some cases the unthinkable can happen. From the Costa Concordia shipwreck in 2012 to the Carnival Triumph disaster in 2013, accidents on cruise ships have left passengers seriously injured and even dead. If you suffer an injury while on your cruise vacation, can you sue the cruise line for this personal injury? You may be left with medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. What can you do about this? Read more below to find out everything you need to know in the event of a cruise ship accident. Can You Sue A Cruise Line? The short answer is yes, you can sue a cruise line – under certain situations. In order to sue a cruise line, you need to show that the cruise line was negligent. What exactly is negligence? Negligence is when the party fails to use reasonable care which causes damage or injury to someone.  For a cruise line, this means that they failed to provide a safe environment for their passengers. An example of this would be if you tripped and broke your leg due to a broken step on a staircase. If the step had been broken for some time and the cruise line was aware of it, this would be considered negligence.  In order to sue a cruise line, you will need to first check your contract. There are often stipulations in the contract for suing including a statute of limitations and certain disclaimers. What Type Of Injuries Can You Sue For? Some common examples for cruise lines include:...
Did Your Latest Vacation Leave You Hurting? Here’s How to Navigate a Cruise Ship Accident

Did Your Latest Vacation Leave You Hurting? Here’s How to Navigate a Cruise Ship Accident

According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), 100 million people sailed the seas between 2005 and 2011. Since 2005, there have been 448 major accidents. Most people view taking a vacation on a cruise ship as a fun experience. There’s food, entertainment, and you can travel to several destinations without changing your room. But when a cruise ship accident occurs, the fun stops. According to cruise ship accident statistics, in 2017 alone, 17 people fell overboard. Many victims of cruise ship accidents aren’t sure where to turn when it happens to them. Keep reading to learn where to start if you were injured on a cruise ship. Read Your Ticket After a Cruise Ship Accident Most people don’t bother to read the fine print when they sign up for a cruise. After all, who expects to be injured or become the victim of a crime? But, due to poor judgment, poorly skilled staff, and bad behavior of staff or another passenger, problems can and do arise. If you read your cruise line ticket, you’ll notice that it contains a number of provisions. These provisions will directly impact you if you’re the victim of personal injury or wrongful death while cruising. Most provisions include time bar limitations, forum selection clauses, waivers of liability, and independent contractor notices. Some clauses are enforced while others aren’t. Time Bar Limitations As with most other types of personal injury claims, there is a time limitation. Most require that you file a suit within one year from the date of the accident. However, there have been cases where the doctrine of equitable estoppel was...
Cruise Disasters: How Common Are Accidents, Injuries, and Other Mishaps?

Cruise Disasters: How Common Are Accidents, Injuries, and Other Mishaps?

Accidents can happen anywhere, but if you’re ready to board a cruise ship for your next vacation you need to be cautious. Cruise disasters may not happen all too often as car accidents or plane crashes, but they do happen. From storms to explosions, the number of things that can go wrong when out to sea are numerous. Here’s everything you need to know about what can go wrong and what you can do if such things arise. One Of The Safest Ways To Travel “Airplanes are the safest way to travel.” You’ve heard this at least once in your life. Without a doubt, this phrase is partially true. According to the BBC, while the likelihood of injury or death during a flight is low, cruise ships have – on average – a lower death rate. The number of people who died during commercial flights peaked at 373 in 2011. Car accidents faired worse with the World Health Organization estimating over a million deaths each year. If you’re ever in a car accident, here’s a brief guide on what you should do. As for cruise ships, between 2005 and 2011, the death toll peaked out at 16 people out of 100 million passengers. Types of Cruise Disasters With casinos and buffets, cruises have plenty of things to distract you from the laborious duties that get the ship to move. There’s plenty that can go awry from technical mishaps and people falling overboard to gastrointestinal outbreaks. From 2009 to 2013, cruise ship incidents rose. From technical failures, fires, and collisions, the death toll reached 50 with over 300 injuries. Gastrointestinal...
Common Cruise Ship Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Common Cruise Ship Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Unfortunately, cruise ship safety is sometimes lacking. Some vacationers spend more time in the sick bay than on the pool deck. A recent study found that 12.5% of cruise ship incidents reported were serious, leading to onshore hospitalization. To make sure you’re not one of them, read on to learn the most common cruise ship accidents and how to avoid them. Slips, Trips, and Falls This category of common accidents makes it to the top of our list – and for good reason. A cruise ship is by its very nature an unstable surface for walking. Although their impressive size means that they are usually very stable, they are susceptible to weather conditions that can lead to instability. However, slips, trips, and falls often occur due to negligence. This could be wet floor surfaces not being properly marked, or floor coverings not being properly maintained. Our advice – avoid areas that have just been cleaned, watch your step and beware of abandoned luggage in the corridor – a common culprit in accidents on cruise ships. Swimming Pool Cruise Accidents While tragic incidents are thankfully rare, cruise ship swimming pools are not immune to danger. In fact, following a recent spate of drownings and near-drownings, some major cruise lines have taken the much-needed precaution of stationing lifeguards by their pools and offering life vests for less confident swimmers. Our advice – make sure your cruise ship offers these kinds of safety features. This is especially important if enjoying your cruise with your children, or if you are not a confident swimmer. Dangers Below Deck Not only vacationers but also cruise ship crew can be at...
How to File a Personal Injury Case After a Cruise Ship Accident

How to File a Personal Injury Case After a Cruise Ship Accident

No one ever plans to get hurt during their cruise vacation. Unfortunately, it sometimes happens. Every year numerous people are injured or even killed during their cruise. Keep reading to learn how to file a personal injury case after a cruise ship accident. Almost 14 million people will be cruising from North America this year. Unfortunately, while no one imagines that they will be hurt or even killed while cruising, these accidents happen. If you’re injured on a cruise, you may need to file a personal injury case. Read on to learn everything you need to know about a personal injury lawsuit. What is a Personal Injury Case? A personal injury case is filed when someone is injured and considers another party to be legally responsible for that injury. These can go through civil court, however, they’re also often resolved through settlements before a lawsuit can be filed. Personal Injury on a Cruise Many people choose to cruise because it’s seen as a relatively low-risk option for a vacation. Most of the common injuries on cruise ships are due to: Failure to adhere to recognized procedures and policies Failure to maintain the ship in a safe condition Inadequate security If the ship has a malfunction, or there’s a poorly kept walkway, falling debris, or tripping hazard, you could suffer a serious injury. This may mean that you can file a claim against a negligent cruise ship company. What to do When You’re Injured on a Cruise If you get hurt while on a cruise, you need to do the following: Get Medical Help Of course, your first priority after being injured...
Spring Break Cruise – Steps if You’re Injured

Spring Break Cruise – Steps if You’re Injured

Getting the care you need at home following an injury can be a difficult process. If you’re hurt while on a spring break cruise, you may have an even harder time understanding your health insurance coverage and getting the treatment that you need. If you’re planning on spending some time at sea this spring, make sure you follow these steps if you’re injured. Report the Accident From slips and falls to more serious events such as assaults, injuries do occur on cruise liners. No matter the severity or type of injury, your first step should be to report the accident to the cruise line as soon as possible. Before you leave the port on your trip, check the company’s policy for reporting and responding to an accident. Do your best to follow these requirements. Finally, take notes about what happened and keep all documents and information related to the injury, such as medical reports. Document the Accident As with any type of injury, you should document the event thoroughly as soon as it’s safe to do so. Take photos if possible, collect witness contact info, and record what led to and caused an accident. You should also note the company’s response and any treatment that you received. Your documentation may be used to help prove that the cruise line acted negligently and contributed to your injury. Seek Medical Attention No matter the severity of an injury, you should seek medical attention to help you document the accident and subsequent damages. Your initiative will also prevent the company from claiming that since you didn’t see a doctor, you must not...