According to the Cruise Lines International Association, an estimated 30 million people will take a cruise in 2019. Cruises make great vacations, and while cruise ships are generally safe, accidents and injuries do happen. Sometimes these injuries are the result of negligence on the part of the cruise line and its employees.
Common Cruise Ship Accidents
Cruise ships are like floating cities. They can contain dozens of floors and a number of different features such as swimming pools, shopping centers, rock climbing walls, gyms, theaters, and restaurants. There are a number of ways passengers can be injured on or around a cruise ship. Some of the most common accidents include:
- Slip and falls on cruise ship decks or stairways
- Gangway accidents
- Falling off the cruise ship
- Drowning accidents
- Water slide accidents
- Defective gym equipment
- Food poisoning
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Broken railings and ladders
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Medical malpractice
- Cruise ship fires
- Dock accidents
- Recreational accidents that occur as the result of cruise-sponsored activities such as rock climbing
- Legionnaire’s disease
- Falling objects
If a cruise line fails to live up to its duty to keep passengers safe aboard their ships, they may be held liable for injuries.
Limitations on Cruise Ship Claims
Some cruise lines put limitations in their contracts regarding where and when they can be sued for injuries. There may also be waivers regarding certain cruise activities. In addition, they may also have requirements such as written notification of an injury. Therefore, if you are injured on a cruise ship, it is important to contact an experienced attorney who can help pursue a claim against the cruise line. Failure to act quickly can result in losing your right to pursue a clam.
Contact a Trusted Personal Injury Attorney
If you’ve been injured on a cruise ship, it’s important that you consult with an experienced and trusted attorney as soon as possible. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping injured New Yorkers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.