Taking a cruise can be a very special experience. However, unfortunately, it often happens that passengers while taking a cruise will suffer an injury. Cruise ship passengers may suffer an injury due to a negligent condition on the ship, while boarding or disembarking, being assaulted by a fellow passenger or a crew member or on a shore excursion.
Since millions of people of all ages take cruises every year it is inevitable that some passengers will suffer an injury during a cruise. Injuries to passengers on cruise ships can occur due to defective automatic doors, elevators or escalators, insufficient lighting, slippery floors, inadequate safety precautions during rough weather, lack of proper maintenance and, unfortunately, in many other ways. Whether the cruise ship is responsible to compensate the injured passenger is always the issue to be determined.
When booking a cruise, you are given a “ticket” by the cruise line. This ticket has much writing with very small lettering on it so that most people never read it. However, your rights to bring a lawsuit are controlled by the ticket. Where you may bring a lawsuit against a cruise ship and how much time you have to bring a lawsuit are controlled by your ticket. What law applies? If the ship is a Bahamian or Panamanian then you may be governed by their laws.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury on a cruise ship then make sure to save all your tickets and travel documentation; to take photographs of the dangerous condition that caused your injury as well as of your injuries; take the names and contact information of any fellow passengers that can provide helpful information or testimony. Do not rely on or expect the cruise ship personnel to provide you with any assistance in pursuing your claim as their only aim is to protect the cruise line.
The firm of Jaroslawicz & Jaros has successfully been representing people that suffered injuries as a result of using or being injured by or on a boat for over forty (40) years.
If you or a loved one have been injured while a Cruise Ship Passenger then you need the right advice and counseling to proceed with your case.