The Most Common Injury on Cruise Ships

One of the most common injuries we see as cruise ship passenger attorneys are slip, trip and falls. Whether it be down a staircase, slipping and falling on the ship’s deck or tripping over a threshold- these falls can result in serious injuries. Different types of falls that can happen on a cruise ship include: falling down a staircase; slipping and falling on a deck; or tripping over a threshold. Staircase Liability on a Cruise Ship Falls on staircases can occur for a variety of reasons, sometimes due to improper design of the staircase.  Additional factors that can contribute to a passenger slip, tripping or falling while onboard a cruise ship include: water or some other foreign substance on the stairs; carpeting that has become water-lodged on the stairs; lack of handrails; poorly designed handrails; the handrails curve away from the stairs at the bottom of the stairs; the height of each step is at the wrong height or are of varying heights; If you are injured on a cruise it is important to consult with an experienced maritime personal injury attorney.  These cases must be filed in Miami Federal Court regardless of where the accident occurred and regardless of where the injured victim is from. We have fought hard to hold cruise lines accountable when they put their profits ahead of passenger safety.  We are available 24/7 and encourage you to contact us even if you are still on your cruise. The sooner we can begin our investigation and preservation of key evidence, such as the CCTV footage of your trip and fall, slip and fall, assault or...

Cruise Ship Liability for Injuries to Passengers on Tender Boats

Many cruise lines utilize tender boats, which are used like a floating city bus to transport passengers from cruise ships to ports. Getting on and off tender boats can be extremely dangerous, and passengers have been known to be seriously injured if the tender is not properly stabilized or secured to the ship or dock.  Serious injuries can result such as broken backs, necks, arms and legs when tender boats are not properly secured. Most commonly this occurs when a port, such as Georgetown, Grand Cayman is not sufficiently large enough to accommodate today’s mega sized cruise ships. Sometimes, even when a ship arrives at a port-a tender may be used to re-board the ship if the weather conditions change during the course of the day. Cruise lines frequently try to deny any responsibility when a passenger is injured in a tender boat accident. The cruise line will try and blame the tender company or the port facility. There is however, a clear legal obligation on the cruise lines to provide passengers with a high degree of care in transporting passengers to and from the cruise ships. We have filed many cases on behalf of passengers injured getting on and off tender boats. Claims must be filed in Miami’s Federal Court, even if the accident occurred thousands of miles away. Most cruise lines, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, MSC, Disney, Holland America, Princess, Costa, Regents Seven Seas and Oceania require that claims against them be pursued in a very specific place under very strict deadlines. Failure to comply with each individual cruise lines deadlines can result in a complete loss of any and all legal rights. We have fought hard...

The Most Common Injury on Cruise Ships

One of the most common injuries we see as cruise ship passenger attorneys are slip, trip and falls. Whether it be down a staircase, slipping and falling on the ship’s deck or tripping over a threshold- these falls can result in serious injuries. Different types of falls that can happen on a cruise ship include: falling down a staircase; slipping and falling on a deck; or tripping over a threshold. Staircase Liability on a Cruise Ship Falls on staircases can occur for a variety of reasons, sometimes due to improper design of the staircase.  Additional factors that can contribute to a passenger slip, tripping or falling while onboard a cruise ship include: water or some other foreign substance on the stairs; carpeting that has become water-lodged on the stairs; lack of handrails; poorly designed handrails; the handrails curve away from the stairs at the bottom of the stairs; the height of each step is at the wrong height or are of varying heights; If you are injured on a cruise it is important to consult with an experienced maritime personal injury attorney.  These cases must be filed in Miami Federal Court regardless of where the accident occurred and regardless of where the injured victim is from. We have fought hard to hold cruise lines accountable when they put their profits ahead of passenger safety.  We are available 24/7 and encourage you to contact us even if you are still on your cruise. The sooner we can begin our investigation and preservation of key evidence, such as the CCTV footage of your trip and fall, slip and fall, assault or...

Legal Claims for Medical Malpractice on Cruise Ships

No one goes on a cruise expecting to sustain a serious injury or illness. But passengers who require medical treatment on their cruise expect that the care they receive will be delivered according to the highest standard. Cruise lines promote their high-end amenities, exciting excursions, 5-star cuisine and celebrity chefs, but what they often do not reveal is the quality of medical care onboard the ship. Many passengers assume they will have the same medical care and treatment on a cruise as they would on land, which is simply not the case.  There are also unique health risks on cruise ships. Many cruise ships have doctors on board, trained in emergency medicine- but some do not, and they are not required to. Some of the most common passenger injuries we see as maritime lawyers include misdiagnosed fractures, head injuries and spinal injuries. Oftentimes the doctors and nurses that provide the medical care and treatment onboard these ships are not properly trained to diagnose these injuries. If you have been injured on a cruise, it is important to get a second opinion immediately from a competent board certified medical doctor as soon as you arrive on land. If harmed by medical negligence while onboard a cruise ship, you have the legal right to hold those responsible accountable. Cruise injury claims are complex due to jurisdictional issues, so it is important to contact an experienced maritime attorney right away. Miami-based Aronfeld Trial Lawyers has fought hard to hold cruise lines accountable when they put their profits ahead of passenger safety. We are available 24/7 and encourage you to contact us even...

Liability for Passengers Injured While on a Cruise Ship

If a passenger is injured while on a cruise ship, one might ask whether the cruise ship company is liable for that person’s injuries.  However, this determination is highly fact-specific. Certain factors play into whether the cruise ship is responsible, and it should not always be assumed that just because a passenger is injured while onboard a cruise ship, that the ship will be held liable. Negligence on Behalf of the Cruise Ship If an individual is hurt while on a cruise ship and wants to hold the cruise line responsible, he or she will need to show that the cruise ship was negligent in some manner. Simply being injured is not enough to show that the cruise line was negligent and is at-fault. Negligence means that the cruise line failed to act with reasonable care, and because of this failure, the individual was injured or damages occurred as a result. Slip, trips and falls are common occurrences on cruise lines.  Examples include a passenger falling down a staircase, slipping and falling somewhere on the ship, or tripping over a threshold on the ship.  Sexual assaults or other intentional acts by someone hired by the cruise line can also happen while on the ship or while on a cruise ship excursion. Specific Examples of Liability: Staircase Liability Falls often happen on staircases on cruise ships. Many factors can play into whether the person who falls down a staircase is at fault or whether someone else holds responsibility. Something else could have caused the person to fall, such as some type of liquid or foreign substance on the stairs, poorly...

Taking a Cruise?  Beware of these Clauses in Your Cruise Contract

Most cruise passengers are unaware of the hidden terms and conditions that are printed on the back of their cruise line ticket, but those terms obligate the passenger and can seriously affect his or her right to pursue a claim should something happen while onboard the ship.  A number of passengers fail to read the fine print, which isn’t necessarily a problem- unless there is a problem. Viewing the Ticket as a Legal Contract Determining the level of liability that is placed on the cruise line can be as easy as looking at the back of the cruise ship ticket. When a passenger purchases a ticket and boards the ship, the passenger is legally consenting to the terms printed on the back of that ticket. Most passengers do not even think to look at the back of the ticket. However, a limited liability waiver is likely printed on the back of that ticket, as well as a forum-selection clause and clause regarding notice-requirements. All of these provisions can affect what the passenger has the right to do if injured while on the ship.  Here are some important facts that should not be overlooked when booking your next cruise vacation. You Are Not Covered by Your Laws. Basically, what this means is the law that governs the cruise is not based on where the passenger lives or where he or she purchases the ticket. Cruise liners are governed by federal maritime law, international law, or the law of the country where the ship is registered. These laws are complex and require specialized knowledge that the average attorney does not hold....
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