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Cruise Ship Negligence Claims for Accidents, Illnesses, and Other Injuries

Vacations aboard cruise liners promise enjoyment, relaxation, and recreation in a safe environment for singles and families. Cruises are wonderful ways to create memories, But what happens when injuries and accidents occur aboard a cruise ship? Claims of injuries, accidents, violent illnesses, and other tragedies upon cruise ships have surfaced in recent years. Well-known cruise liners in the United States are Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Holland America Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Important Questions to Consider for a Cruise Liner Accident:

  • When and how did the accident, illness, or injury occur?
  • Where is the ship registered?
  • Did an investigation take place on board the ship?
  • Was proper medical care rendered?
  • Were the parties involved intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or prescription medications?
  • Are there any pre-existing medical conditions?
  • Was there a failure to perform adequate rescue operations?
  • Is there evidence of poor maintenance standards, such as defective handrails or leaks on the ship?

Safety Protocols for Cruise Line Operations

In 2010, the United States established the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act that mandates cruise liner companies to report crimes and accidents on their ships. The Department of Transportation keeps a statistical compilation of cruise ship criminal activity occurring on board cruise ships. In 2019, there were 46 reports of crimes such as missing persons, assaults with serious bodily injury, theft, and sexual assaults. https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/mission/safety/357031/q3-2019-cvssa-reporting-fbi-uscg.pdf

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed nearly 1400 cases of COVID-19 on cruise ships between June 26 and October 21, 2021. Norovirus is another highly contagious virus that affects passengers on cruise liners. The CDC monitors those infected with the virus due to frequent outbreaks requiring medical care or hospitalizations. These examples are just the “tip of the iceberg.”

Types of Claims prevalent on Cruise Ships:

  • Slip and falls
  • Food poisoning
  • Sexual and physical assaults
  • Human trafficking
  • Overboard falls
  • Contagious illnesses such as norovirus and COVID-19
  • Onshore excursion accidents
  • Drowning
  • Wrongful death
  • Being stranded at sea
  • Injuries from onboard fires, collisions, and running aground

Disputes Governed Under Maritime Law

Cruise ship claims have jurisdictional issues, and the law that governs crimes and accidents on navigable seas are maritime laws. Generally, when sailing in international waters, a ship is under the country’s jurisdiction where the vessel is registered. If you have been injured or have lost a family member due to an accident, injury, or illness on a cruise ship, it is crucial to have legal counsel from an attorney knowledgeable about international maritime law as well as personal injury law. Orlando Accident Attorney is a dedicated advocate for those who have suffered harm through another’s negligence or recklessness. With more than two decades of success in personal injury law, our legal team can help you seek justice and the compensation you deserve.

Cruise Ship Companies Owe Passengers a Duty of Care

A cruise liner company must have safeguards to prevent accidental or intentional harm to passengers on board. If this duty is breached due to negligence, the defendants held accountable may include the cruise ship owners, operators, ticket agents, and the perpetrator of the act. Compensation may include various damages, such as lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, trip expenses, and more.

Florida's Dedicated Cruise Liner Lawyers

Orlando Accident Attorney defends victims of negligence or wrongdoing on cruise liners, seeking compensation and justice on their behalf. Call us if you have sustained harm or damages while as a passenger on a cruise ship. We will review the evidence and the terms of your passenger ticket contract, which governs your rights and responsibilities as a passenger. It may include the court venue where you can file a claim and any statute of limitations.

We may be able to help you if you are a worker that has sustained injuries in international waters. You may be entitled to compensation under the Jones Act, federal legislation protecting Americans working at sea or can file a personal injury claim for gross negligence against the company.

Orlando Accident Attorney is located in Winter Park, Florida and we represent victims of cruise ship accidents and illnesses throughout Florida. Contact us for a confidential, no-obligation appointment at (407) 706-3909.