- Cruise lines are sued in personal injury cases practically every day.
- Many personal injury cases against cruise lines stem from the companies’ negligence.
- As can be seen when analyzing cases involving children drowning and nearly drowning in cruise ship swimming pools, cruise companies often accept a level of deadly hazard aboard ships.
Many have equated cruise ships to floating cities. And in some ways this equation is appropriate. Cruise companies bring many of the services of a modern city to sea, including food, entertainment, health, and security. When cruise companies fail in their duty to provide safe and secure environments to their passengers, such negligence may result in injury to the passengers, injuries for which the cruise lines are often held responsible.
Every day major cruise lines are taken to court for a variety of injuries suffered by passengers, including slip-and-falls and excursion injuries. Many of these cases are settled and never go to trial because the cruise companies know that, with such large and dynamic floating vessels, things will go wrong. But why are they so stubborn in fixing known hazards?
It could be said that the cruise lines see such personal injury settlements as part of doing business, as may be judged by the fact that they continue to leave serious onboard hazards uncorrected. For example, last year we reported on a number of cases in which children suffered injury in onboard swimming pools after drowning or nearly drowning. But, despite the obvious hazards posed by cruise ship swimming pools, most cruise lines refuse to protect their customers by stationing lifeguards at their pools.
Another pool related hazard involves the slippery surfaces that many cruise companies have installed at various locations on their ships, including in the pool areas. Many of these surfaces increase passengers’ likelihood of slipping and falling. It would stand to reason that such surfaces would not be used in the first place, and that they would be replaced immediately upon the demonstration that they are dangerous. However, the cruise lines have often shown themselves to be negligently stubborn, and continue with dangerous practices that put passengers’ safety and health at risk.