Cruise Ships and Passenger Injuries
Cruise ships offer passengers the ability to travel to beautiful places while enjoying food, drinks and live entertainment. With all of the luxury amenities offered by cruise lines, it’s easy to see why someone might choose a cruise ship to take a vacation.
However, passengers do take on a certain amount of risk when they board a cruise ship. There are plenty of examples of these voyages ending in disaster for those aboard. If you plan on choosing a cruise ship on your next vacation, you should be aware of the dangers other passengers have encountered.
Examples of Cruise Ship Accidents
A Carnival Pride ship recently collided with a passenger gangway (the bridge used by passengers while boarding) when pulling into a Maryland cruise terminal. The passengers felt the impact, though, fortunately, no one was injured by the incident.
Another incident on a Carnival cruise ship earlier this year ended in tragedy when a crewmember was killed while working on the ship’s elevator. A married couple that witnessed the aftermath of the accident said that it was like seeing a scene out of a horror film.
In 2013, over 4,000 passengers were put through a terrible series of events while basically stranded at sea. A fire aboard Carnival Triumph led to a period of several days in which human waste was piled up on board the ship and passengers were left without food, water and air conditioning.
Worse still was the horrific capsizing of a Carnival cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea in 2012. Human error led to the loss of several lives and many more injuries, eventually resulting in the conviction of five people for manslaughter, negligence and shipwreck.
Other Possible Cruise Ship Injuries
There are many other potential injuries that passengers can suffer on a cruise ship. Injuries can be sustained from slips and falls, which could result in broken bones, concussions, spinal cord damage and other forms of physical trauma. Illness and food poisoning can also occur on cruise ships, especially if other passengers or crewmembers are sick upon boarding a ship or if food is improperly handled. Other hazards include physical assault, abuse or theft of personal items.
While we have mentioned a few examples of cruise ship accidents above, there are many more to be found in the news. Reports range from personal injuries suffered by individuals to mechanical or maintenance hazards on a cruise ship. Most cruises end without incident, but when things go wrong at sea, it can often spell disaster for passengers.
Depending on the nature of the injury or illness suffered on a cruise ship, the cruise line or the crewmembers might be held responsible. These injuries can have tragic results for passengers or their family members. Victims may face medical bills, ongoing treatment, loss of income, loss of the ability to perform their job, pain and suffering. If those in charge of the cruise are in any way responsible for the suffering of cruise injury victims, those victims can seek payment to cover the cost of their suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured on a cruise ship, the attorneys at Jezic & Moyse can help. Contact us today to learn what we can do for you.