Cruise ships are becoming an increasingly popular getaway for people all over the world. The cruise ship industry brings in billions of dollars a year. Despite its success, cruise lines have recently come under fire because of cruise ship accidents onboard. Passengers have become ill because of poor sanitation, and some have suffered injuries from lack of security or safety precautions.
If you've suffered any type of injury or illness while aboard a cruise ship, please contact The Hickey Law Firm for help with your case. We are based in Miami, but serve clients nationwide with their claims against cruise ship lines. Call us today at (855) 757-4200.
Common Cruise Ship Accidents
Cruise ships can present dangers and hazards at every turn, especially if the ship is going through inclement weather. Large waves and excessive wind can turn a simple lounge chair into a hazard, so cruise ship lines must take the proper precautions to keep their patrons safe.
Common cruise ship accidents include the following:
- Slips, trips, or falls due to wet floors, unmarked hazards, and unsafe stairwells
- Injuries sustained while on excursions
- Assault by cruise ship staff or other passengers
- Injuries incurred while using cruise ship amenities such as the pool, on-board surfing, etc.
- Sexual assault and rape
- Food poisoning
- Cruise ship engine fires
Cruise ship lines have a responsibility to make sure there are no dangerous conditions on board that can cause serious injury to its passengers. When cruise ship accidents occur because of poor maintenance, incompetent staff members, or improperly trained employees, the cruise ship owners can be held legally responsible for negligence. Owners can also be held liable for cruise ship accidents that are caused by inadequate safety equipment or emergency precautions. Victims of cruise ship accidents may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and benefits, and pain and suffering.
Ensure You Correctly File Your Claim Against Cruise Ship Lines
The cruise ship industry has restricted when and where you can place a claim. Those restrictions appear in the fine print of the ticket. For example, many tickets make a stipulation that you must notify the cruise line within a specific time from when cruise ship accidents occur. The ticket may also have a provision that requires you to file your claim within one year of the time cruise ship accidents occur, and they also require that claims be made in a certain state. Because of these limitations, it is important to have representation from an experienced maritime attorney who can ensure you take the necessary steps in case of cruise ship accidents.
Contact Our Miami Cruise Ship Attorneys
If you were a passenger and were injured on any ship where the ticket requires that you file suit in Miami, in Miami-Dade County, or anywhere else in Florida, call us toll free at (855) 757-4200. You can also fill out the form on this page to get in touch with The Hickey Law Firm.