Cruises may be a time of relaxation and an often sought-after vacation, but unfortunately, they are not always as peaceful as one would assume.
Most individuals have a reasonable expectation of safety while on vacation, free from harm or injury. Cruise ships are crowded with passengers engaging in all types of activities, enjoying delicious non-stop food, drinking, swimming and dancing, plus numerous other activities.
Sometimes accidents happen on cruise ships that can cause serious injuries or death. Injuries can include fractures, internal organ damage, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, paralysis or drowning.
It is the responsibility of the cruise line and its staff to ensure that all travelers are safe from physical injury while they are on board the ship. Any failure of the cruise staff to perform their duties and adhere to safety regulations may compromise the well-being of countless passengers. Safety for those on board should be the primary concern for cruise ship employees, but unfortunately, some companies may fail to acknowledge the importance of protective measures.
Common causes of cruise ship accidents include:
- Mechanical errors
- Slippery surfaces that are unmarked
- Unsafe food products
- Injuries at the spa
- Physical assault by a staff member
- Failure to supervise social activities
The laws that apply to cruises are referred to as‘Maritime Law’ and are complex.
If you or a family member has been the victim of an accident on a cruise ship that led to physical injury, there may be steps you can take to ensure that the responsible party is held accountable for their actions.
Contact the San Bernardino personal injury law office of Welebir Tierney & Weck to discuss the optionsyou have in order to seek financial compensation for your losses.
We can help you if you sustained a serious injury while on board or while participating in a shore excursion.