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A 4-year-old boy vacationing with his family on the Disney cruise ship Fantasy nearly drowned on March 30. He was quickly airlifted off the ship in critical condition to a local hospital for treatment. The boy, identified as Chase Lykken, was found unresponsive in the “Donald” pool onboard the ship as passengers were waiting to depart from Port Canaveral for the seven-day cruise. However, this was the first of many struggles the family would face.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Lykken’s parents are posting updates about their son’s health on various social media sites. One site stated that Lykken may have “extensive brain damage” as a result of the lack of oxygen he experienced while underwater. The family is waiting for test results to confirm this brain injury diagnosis.

“Chase is here with us now,” his father wrote on CaringBridge, a website used to share news and seek support about personal health issues. “Lord, for that I am grateful.”

Your Child’s Safety on a Cruise Ship

Cruise companies geared towards serving families with young children—like Disney Cruise Line does with its famous cartoon characters—have a duty to take all the necessary precautions to help ensure the safety of their passengers. This is the second high-profile accident involving a child being put at risk on a Disney ship that our firm has blogged about this year, but the risk to your health and safety is present while vacation on any cruise line.

If you or someone you love has suffered serious cruise injuries, talk with our cruise injury lawyer today. You deserve justice if a cruise line’s negligence has caused you pain and suffering. You may also be entitled to seek financial compensation if a cruise line was unable to fulfill its duty in protecting you as a passenger. Call (800) 215-7117 or visit our website for more information about cruise ship injuries.

[Tip of the Day: Florida’s Department of Health reports that the state has the highest unintentional drowning rate in the US for children ages 1 through 4.]

[Hickey Law Firm, P.A. –Miami Cruise Ship Attorneys handle cases of personal injury, cruise ship injury and sexual assault, and other personal injury cases.]

The reverberations of the Carnival Triumph debacle are still being felt.  That is what happens when a major cruise line leaves thousands of passengers living in squalor for days on end, forcing them to poop in bags because the plumbing has been knocked out.  The situation which occurred aboard the Triumph was so widely publicized that even U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller chimed in.  Probably as a result of Senator Rockefeller’s tough words for Carnival, the company has agreed to repay the U.S. government for assistance it received in rescuing two stranded cruise ships.

The Carnival Triumph and the Carnival Splendor both suffered fires in their engine rooms in 2013 and 2010 respectively.  Both ships were disabled at sea, requiring assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard.  It seems that the horror stories from the passengers returning from the Triumph, this past February, were too much.  West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller called the company out – asking if they would repay the U.S. taxpayer for the help the company had repeatedly received from the coast guard, seeing as how Carnival barely pays federal taxes.  Carnival politely declined.

What happened next is probably the reason Carnival eventually came around.  Rockefeller, in disgust, publicly stated that he would look to enact legislation to govern future such situations.  It is no surprise that Carnival has now changed its tune, agreeing to pay and unspecified amount to the government to offset some or all of the charges incurred with assisting the Splendor and Triumph.


Hickey Law Firm, P.A. – Miami Injury Attorneys handles cases of personal injury, cruise ship injury and sexual assault, and other personal injury cases.

With all of Carnival Cruise Line’s failures at sea, it should come as no surprise that the price of their stock on the New York Stock Exchange has been slowly losing value. However, the Motley Fool reported that even with the four recently publicized cruise ship accidents within its fleet, Carnival’s first quarter earnings for this year shows no financial upsets. On March 15, the company reported that its revenue has actually increased by 1 percent—approximately $3.6 billion—from its earning during the same time last year.

What Does This Mean For Carnival Passengers?

The report shows that Carnival is holding on to its revenue better than last year. Motley Fool explained that by comparing this year’s first quarter to the report for the same quarter in 2012, Carnival’s operating margin is roughly 1.5 percent higher this year. This means that the cruise line is using less of its revenue for things like maintenance for its ships, and pocketing the rest. Could this be a major reason as to why Carnival’s cruise ships are breaking down? What do you think?

Our cruise accident attorney may be able to help you obtain compensation if you or a loved one was the victim of a cruise line’s negligence. If Carnival’s failure to preform adequate maintenance on their fleet has caused you to sustain a cruise ship injury, contact our firm today. Call (800) 215-7117 or fill out an online case review form to get in touch with our legal experts for a free, no obligation consultation.

[Tip of the Day: In February of this year, Carnival Triumph broke down at sea due to an engine fire. Since then, Carnival’s Elation, Dream and Legend have also experienced mechanical issues.]

Hickey Law Firm, P.A. –Miami Cruise Ship Attorneys handle cases of personal injury, cruise ship injury and sexual assault, and other personal injury cases.