What can I do if I was injured on a cruise ship?

Florida residents and visitors may find it enjoyable to embark on a cruise, and most do not set out with concerns about problems. While most passengers will not have any incidents during their travels, it is helpful to know how to deal with cruise ship accidents in case anything goes wrong. An injury while at sea or in a port of call should be reported promptly, and treatment should be sought. It is also important to collect information from witnesses and to document the situation photographically or with video, especially if there may be issues of negligence at play.

Injuries may occur in a variety of circumstances. Food poisoning incidents can be serious, often affecting multiple passengers. In some cases, cruise companies will include terms on tickets that allow for refunds due to food-related illnesses. Slips and falls are also possible on a cruise ship. Slippery conditions are especially serious, making it important to watch for water on surfaces near pools and on other deck surfaces. Dance floors that are poorly maintained could also contribute to slip-and-fall incidents, as could other floor coverings that have come loose.

Additional incidents to consider in a cruise environment include missing persons situations, deaths due to negligent behavior, and sexual assault or rape. In some cases, a cruise ship operator might be considered liable if ship conditions or employee actions have led to such incidents. A family or individual dealing with any of these situations may find that an attorney could obtain and organize evidence related to the case.

Dealing with any serious injury or incident on a cruise ship should involve getting help for any immediate medical needs and filing reports with company officials and appropriate authorities. Because every case is unique, a lawyer may provide more specific information, help identify negligence issues and pursue appropriate actions.

Source: FindLaw, “Cruise Ship Injury Claims“, September 06, 2014