Coral Springs Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys
Cruise Ship Companies Must Pay for Their Negligence
Taking a cruise is a great way to relax, spend quality time with family
and friends, and visit other countries. However, trips don’t always
go according to plan. Inevitably, cruise ships are bound to have malfunctions
that may lead to disaster situations, placing the passengers and crew
members in danger. Cruise ships are vulnerable to collisions, fires, power
outages, propulsion problems, and other mechanical failures, leading to
unbearable repercussions such as food shortages, lack of air conditioning,
unsanitary conditions, and plumbing problems. We will handle cases against
Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruises, and Princess
Cruises. Many cruise lines mandate that lawsuits against them be filed
here in South Florida and only in Federal Court.
Types of Cruise Ship Accidents, Injuries, and Illnesses
Carnival Cruise line has recently made headlines due to technical problems
aboard 3 of their ships. In particular, the Carnival Triumph experienced
a fire, leading to food shortages aboard the ship. The passengers suffered
with no air conditioning and overflowing toilets that resulted in excrement
flowing through parts of the ship.
Aside from ship malfunctions, passengers may experience injury or illness
due to negligence from crew members or violations on the cruise ship.
Typical cruise ship accidents include slip and falls and trip and falls,
pool-related accidents, illness from mishandling food, and sexual assault
from other passengers or crew members.
The most common type of accident on cruise ships is slip and falls on the
deck. Often, crew members do not keep the deck clean or dry, especially
around the pool or other water-related activity areas. This can result
in hazardous conditions for passengers. For example, some crew members
mop areas of the boat quickly, leaving the floor wet and individuals at
risk to experience severe injuries. We just recently settled a slip and
fall case against a major cruise line.
Other times, parts of the ship are poorly maintained or have not been replaced
in years, such as lounging chairs, tables, beds, chipped floor tiles,
loose railings, and uneven decks. We co-counseled a case recently where
a gentleman sat down in the movie theater on the cruise ship and the chair
broke, and a successful result was obtained by all.
Unfortunately, rapes and assaults by crewmembers are also common on cruise
ships, and the most unfortunate part is that the assaults often go unreported.
For incidents that are reported, it is complicated as to whether the U.S.
will be able to investigate or intervene in the case. Depending on where
the crime takes place will determine what country is authorized to intervene.
Disease and Illness
Illnesses brought upon by mishandled food on cruise ships are not uncommon.
In particular, there have been reports of gastrointestinal illnesses such
as gastroenteritis. Individuals vacationing on cruise ships are also at
risk for food borne and water borne illnesses such as Salmonella, Staphylococcus
aureus, hepatitis E virus, and Trichinella amongst others, as reported
by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Respiratory illnesses are also typical on cruise ships. The CDC reports
cases of influenza pandemics on ships, as well as the spread of Severe
Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Legionnaires’ disease, which
is a form of pneumonia. Legionnaire’s disease happens as a result
of negligence by the cruise ship company and/or crew members and occurs
when ship spas or water supply systems are contaminated with legionella
as a result of unsanitary conditions and lack of routine maintenance.
To prevent individuals from having a lousy trip due to illness, the CDC
recommends that people go to their health care physicians prior to going
aboard the ship, bring any medications that are prescribed to them, and
consider getting overseas healthcare for emergency situations.
Additionally, while people are on the ship, the CDC recommends individuals
wash their hands frequently, avoid any contact with people that are sick,
use sun protection, stay hydrated, and avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
Don’t Wait — Call Now to Get Started on Your Case
Some cruise ship accidents are time-sensitive and require passengers to
file a claim within 1 year of their incident. The Coral Springs cruise
ship accident attorneys at the Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A.
have decades of experience handling boating and cruise ship cases.
Call our office now at
(954) 833-1440 for your