In a attempt to avoid and/or minimize disasters on cruise ships, such as the Costa Concordia earlier this year, telegraph.co.uk reports that the cruise line industry has adopted new safety rules.
In fact, the industry has adopted three new rules. The first rule has to do with the storing of life-jackets. A few months ago, almost immediately after the sinking of the Costa Concordia off the coast of the Island of Giglio, the industry announced that ocean going cruise ships would carry additional life-jackets, so as to many more life jackets than the number of passengers. Now, the rule has been expanded to include a requirement that newly constructed vessels must also carry extra life-jackets in areas close to muster stations or near to where the lifeboats are located.
The second rule establishes that all heavy objects on board a cruise ship must be secured when not in use or while the ship encounters heavy weather. This is being mandated to avoid something heavy falling and injuring someone.
The third rule requires that all the staff on a cruise ship establish a “consistent bridge procedure” that “improves communication.” The purpose of this rule is to create uniformity, as staff is often rotated amongst different vessels in a cruise line.
Ten New Policies So Far
These three policy changes now make a total of ten new policies that the cruise industry has adopted in the wake of the Concordia disaster in January. Others safety changes include that safety briefings be given to passengers prior to departure; a greater responsibility shared between crew members; stricter restrictions on visits to the bridge; and a requirement that the nationalities of all passengers be recorded.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
Our law firm has often seen cruise lines pressure passengers that have suffered injuries onboard their ships into accepting a refund as compensation for their injuries in exchange for a full release of the cruise lines responsibility. An injured passenger should not allow the cruise line to pressure you into accepting an offer that is typically unfair. Cruise passenger’s have rights and should immediately consult ( for free) with a law firm with experience handling cruise ship claims. Our firm can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for a death or a serious injury. It is important for you to remember that most cruise passenger tickets (contracts) establish a six month from the date of the claim where you must give written notice of the claim to the company (among other requirements) and limit your ability to sue to one year from the date of the accident.
Therefore, it is essential that you consult with and hire an experienced cruise line passenger lawyer as soon as possible. You should not be concerned about fees or costs: most Florida lawyers will not charge you for the initial consultation and will work your case on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not be charged fees or costsl, unless the lawyer wins your case.
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. The Cruise Lines Injury Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have handled many such cases against these cruise lines over the years and can help you obtain the compensation you may deserve.
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