Most Common Injuries to Children on Cruise Ships

Taking a cruise can be a dream vacation for your family, but for some, that dream can soon turn into a nightmare if an injury or death occurs to a child. Serious accidents and injuries can happen to children at sea when the proper precautions are not taken, or the cruise line is negligent in caring for its minor passengers.  We recently did a blog on tips to avoid child injuries on your next cruise. Among the most common accident sites on cruise ships are falls on stairs and steps. When the vacation of a lifetime turns into a nightmare due to a slip and fall, or a sexual assault, our firm holds cruise lines accountable by obtaining compensation for the injured victim and their family. Here is Part III of our special section on Cruise Ship Passenger Safety Tips for Children and Families. Swimming Pool Accidents and Drownings  Pools and water slides on cruise ships are one of the biggest attractions for families, but they come with their own set of inherent risks. The risk of drowning goes up when children are around water. Our firm has handled tragic cases involving children harmed while in a pool on a cruise ship, some of these resulting in the child’s drowning. Many cruise lines do not post lifeguards at their pools, and essentially state you are swimming “at your own risk.” Cruise lines, including Carnival, require children under the age of 13 swim with parental supervision. However, it only takes a moment of looking away from your child for tragedy to strike. It is for this reason that we always encourage cruise ship passengers...

Medical Malpractice on a Norwegian Cruise Ship Nearly Costs a Passenger His Leg 

A honeymoon cruise quickly turned into a nightmare for a passenger aboard the Norwegian Pearl Cruise.  The poor medical treatment he received on the ship almost caused him to lose his leg. This case represents one of many that shed light on the lack of medical treatment cruise passengers have available to them if they become seriously sick or injured at sea. Brant and Danielle Aymond were otherwise enjoying their week-long honeymoon onboard the Norwegian Pearl Cruise, when Brant suffered an injury while paddle boarding on a Coral Reef in Honduras. He fell off the board, and sharp pieces of the coral reef cut him on the soles of his feet. He sought medical care and treatment onboard the cruise ship. The ship’s doctor examined his foot, cleaned and stitched the wound, and gave the passenger ibuprofen and an antibiotic. It was not until later that it was discovered the medication was meant to treat intestinal bacteria and not an open wound. Aymond was in a great deal of pain for the remainder of the trip and spent the rest of the time in bed. It was not until they returned home to Louisiana and Aymond saw his family doctor that he realized just how bad the injury was. His physician immediately ordered an X-ray, which showed that the cruise ship doctor had stitched up the injury with pieces of coral still lodged inside his foot. Aymond also had an untreated severed tendon and a serious infection that had spread. He ended up needing emergency surgery to avoid losing his leg completely. Today, Aymond is able to walk again...

Tips to Avoid Child Injuries on Your Next Cruise

Making memories with your children and experiencing an unforgettable family vacation should be what your next cruise is all about.  Major cruise lines including, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line and Princess Cruises heavily market to young families who are looking for the accommodations of a luxury resort, while experiencing endless excitement and adventures at sea.  These major cruise lines offer state-of-the-art ship design with an array of kid-friendly activities, such as wave pools, rock-climbing walls, laser tag, movie theatres, even ice-skating. It is estimated that 27.2 Million passengers will board a cruise ship in 2018.  The demand for cruising has increased 20.5% in the last 5 years, according to a report by Cruise Lines International Association, Inc. However, just like on land serious accidents and injuries can happen to children at sea when the proper precautions are not taken, or the cruise line is negligent in caring for its minor passengers. Among the most common accident sites on cruise ships are stairs and steps. When the vacation of a lifetime turns into a nightmare due to a slip, trip and fall or a sexual assault onboard a cruise ship, our firm holds cruise lines accountable by obtaining compensation for injured passengers; these cases are especially tragic when these passengers are children. Aronfeld Trial Lawyers has successfully represented child passengers and their families from around the world who have been injured on cruise ships. We have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for these passengers when cruise lines put their profits ahead of passenger safety. Here is Part II of our special section on Cruise Ship...

Cruise Ship Safety Tips for Children & Families

A cruise vacation can be a relaxing and memorable experience for the entire family, and the amenities for kids have become endless onboard the major cruise lines. However, just like on land serious accidents can happen to children at sea when the proper precautions are not taken, or the cruise line is negligent in caring for its minor passengers.  As parents, there are a number of things you can do to help ensure your child’s safety on your next cruise.   Find a Cruise Line that Caters to Children Most of the major cruise lines are aware that families plan cruise vacations and need options that are kid-friendly. For this reason, many of them create an experience that is specifically catered to families. The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s (RCCL) Symphony of the Seas offers passengers a wide range of activities, dining and other amenities that promise to make it the most exciting ship at sea.  For example, the Symphony of the Seas features onboard laser tag games, popular Broadway musicals, an ice-skating show called Steal Some Time, and a one of a kind multimedia show called Flight. The ship will also have the spectacular RCCL water slides found on its sister ships, including three water slides, the sheer-drop 10-story Ultimate Abyss and multiple FlowRiders artificial surfing machines, rock climbing and ice skating. These cruises not only have kid-friendly activities and meals, but the accommodations and off-shore excursions are kept with children in mind, as well, which means they tend to be on the safer and less risky side. Some of the major cruise lines, such as Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise...

What’s involved in a Cruise Ship Inspection?

With the number of cruise ships failing health and safety inspections in 2018, many passengers wonder what exactly goes into a cruise ship inspection? Cruise ships are graded on a scale of 1 to 100, and any score below 86 is considered failing. Cruise ship inspections come unannounced, meaning a cruise ship must be prepared at any given time for an inspection. Depending on the size of the ship, inspections can last anywhere from between 8 to 10 hours. There are various areas that are inspected on cruise ships, including: Medical facilities on the ship; Food preparation areas and dining areas; Water from source to storage, as well as disinfection and distribution; Recreational activities onboard (i.e. – hot tubs, water parks, fitness centers, swimming pools, etc.) for disinfection, maintenance and safety; Checking the temperatures of food storage areas, the temperature of individual food products, etc.; Employee habits for hand washing, cleanliness and hygiene; Cleaning and sanitizing facilities (i.e. – machines and the temperatures that these are operating at); Poolside, inspectors check pH as well as halogen-based disinfectant levels – usually either chlorine or bromine; Child activity centers- particularly the diaper changing stations, illness and infection control for children, hand washing stations, their toilet rooms, etc. The maintenance and cleaning of the ship’s ventilation system; Inspecting all other common areas of the ship, particularly for pest control management to ensure there is not an infestation. All cruise inspection reports and scores, as well as the corrective action statements that cruise lines submit after the inspection, are available at cdc.gov. The CDC charges the cost of its inspection to the cruise...

Important Health Tips to Remember When Going on a Cruise

A cruise vacation can be an escape to paradise, rest and relaxation.  However, if the proper health precautions are not taken by the cruise line (and its passengers) it can be an invitation to a host of health issues.  Here are some cruise passenger health tips to keep you and your family feeling great on your next cruise! Always Wash Your Hands Washing your hands is an important tip for daily living in general, but when it comes to taking a cruise, washing hands is extremely important to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. With everyone in close quarters, germs can spread quickly. To prevent this issue, it is recommended that passengers wash their hands before and after eating, going to the bathroom, etc. Use the Hand Sanitizer Stations Along those same lines, cruise ships come equipped with hand sanitizer stations all over the ship. It may not always be possible to wash your hands with soap and water, so these stations are the next best thing. A good rule of thumb is to use a hand sanitizer station anywhere you see one. It may seem excessive but adding that extra level of sanitation does not hurt. Always Eat Breakfast  Breakfast has always been said to be the most important meal of the day, and it is for good reason. It is important to eat breakfast to keep your energy level up during the day, especially if activities are planned on the ship or off-shore. By not eating that important meal, a passenger could be making it easier for him or her to get sick later. Remember your Medications...
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