Passengers have rights after suffering cruise ship accidents

Many travelers, many of whom set off from Florida, choose to vacation by taking a trip aboard a cruise line. However, cruise ship accidents sometimes occur that result in injuries or illnesses suffered during travelers’ time at sea. Various types of incidents, including illnesses from food, sexual assaults and injuries suffered from falls aboard ships are among the realities that some sea-faring travelers unfortunately experience while on their vacations.

Many ship passengers enjoy a variety of pastimes while sailing the open seas, including fishing, water sports or the luxury of sunbathing on deck. Some vacationers overlook the fact that some cruise lines may be negligent in matters of security or in providing safe, clean environments for passengers during their journeys. It is not uncommon for people to have to spend extended amounts of time saving their hard-earned money in order to afford cruise vacations. Therefore, each ticket holder has a right to expect that a cruise line has his or her best interest in mind for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Cruise lines are sometimes liable for injuries or illnesses suffered by passengers. If a food-borne illness, an injury after a fall or a personal assault occurs while on a cruise, a person has a right to request that the ship’s owner or operator be held accountable when there is proof of negligence or wrongdoing. Such claims can typically be filed against both private and commercial sea-faring vessels.

Florida residents who are considering taking cruises will want to be aware of the possibility of cruise ship accidents that sometimes occur even though most ships take every precaution to keep passengers safe. Legal representation might be needed if a cruise ticket holder wishes to file a personal injury claim in a civil court in the aftermath of an accident that occurred while on a cruise. At Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., we are experienced in boating-accident cases and can offer advice as to how to best navigate the system when pursuing litigation against a cruise line.