Cruising Can Be Dangerous

April 2, 2012

A cruise vacation is supposed to be fun. Unfortunately, cruises sometimes turn into disasters. Just look at what happened with the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy. However, experts agree that there is not much anyone can do to avoid tragedies like a ship sinking because it ran aground or hit something, a terrorist attack or a fire on board.

Beware of Dangers On Board A Cruise

I realize that relaxing is an important ingredient of any vacation. However, just because you are on a cruise vacation you are not supposed to let your guard completely down and throw caution to the wind. A cruise ship is like a small city. As I've said in other posts, think of it as a hotel that goes places...

For example, cruise lines do not check passengers' criminal backgrounds before selling them a ticket. This means that much like anywhere else, the nice looking gentleman standing next to you during your muster station drill could be a dangerous criminal. Of course, this does not mean that you should become paranoid and lock yourself in your cabin for the duration of the trip. It just means that you should be as cautious as you normally are elsewhere. For example, do not get drunk and wonder into secluded areas of the ship with the charming stranger you just met at one of the bars. You would not be the first passenger to disappear forever during one of those "walks". By the way, these unfortunate incidents also happen to crewmembers.

All Kinds of Accidents

All kinds of accidents happen during cruise vacations, both on and off the ship. For example, in addition to becoming the victims of assaults by fellow passengers, as previously discussed, people vacationing in a cruise ship may get injured as a result of slip and fall accidents, as well as become ill with food poisoning.

Moreover, passengers suffer injuries while involved in any one of the following land based activities:

  1. Surfing
  2. Scuba diving or snorkeling
  3. Parasailing
  4. Boating
  5. Jet skiing
  6. Hiking
  7. ZIP lining
  8. Excursions on bicycles, on motorbikes or on 4X4 vehicles like Jeeps, etc.

The Lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Can Help

Cruise lines often try to get an injured passenger to accept a refund as compensation for his or her injuries. You should not give into these companies' pressure to accept a mere refund in exchange for your injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries or if a loved one died while on a cruise vacation or have been the victim(s) of serious crime(s) while taking a cruise, the cruise line may owe you financial compensation.

It is important for you to remember that these cases are governed by certain conditions set forth in the tickets. For example, according to most tickets, claimants have only six months to give written notice of the claim to the cruise line and one year from the date of the incident to file suit.

Consequently, you should contact a lawyer with experience handling these matters immediately. Only your prompt legal action will force the cruise company to compensate you for your past and future medical costs (including rehabilitation therapy), your pain and suffering and your lost wages. Please note that a Florida lawyer will handle your entire case, including the initial consultation, on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don't have to pay your attorney anything, unless he o she wins your case.

Throughout the years the Cruise Lines Injury Lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have handled many such cases against these cruise lines and can help you obtain the compensation you may deserve.

If you or a close relative suffered an injury while on a cruise, we urge you to contact a law firm with experience handling cruise ship injury cases. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today. Please note that our practice has been extended with a new satellite office in Aventura to better serve clients that reside in Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Dania & Dania Beach, Miramar, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Aventura, Miami Beach, Surfside, Sunny Isles and Miami Gardens.