DUTY OF CARE AND LIABILITY
In general cruise ships are considered "common carriers," which means they are obligated to exercise a "special duty" beyond reasonable care to their passengers. Cruise liners must exercise the highest degree of care to protect their passengers from physical harm. They also have an obligation to ensure their passengers arrive to port safely. When the cruise liner fails to live up this duty and a passenger is injured as a result, it may be liable for any resulting damages.
If an injury is sustained aboard a cruise ship, a claim may be filed against the owner of the vessel, the company chartering the trip, the company operating the ship, or the company that sold the ticket for the cruise ship. Additionally, if the injury was caused by a third party on the ship, the victim may also be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against that individual or entity.
TYPES OF CRUISE SHIP INJURY CLAIMS
1. Slip and falls or trip and falls.
2. Falling overboard.
3. Injuries from fires on the cruise ship.
4. Illness from contaminated food.
5. Pool or waterside accidents.
6. Injuries from off ship excursions.
7. Injuries sustained during recreational activities on the ship.
8. Dock accidents.
9. Falling object accidents.
10. Injuries from navigational errors.
11. Medical malpractice or medical negligence.
12. Sexual assault or physical assault because of unsecured or unsafe premises.
If you were injured while a passenger on a cruise ship call me attorney Winer-Beck right away to see if you have a case.