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Drowning Tragedy Onboard the Norwegian Breakaway

A family traveling to Florida on the Norwegian Breakaway suffered a devastating tragedy at the beginning of February after a four-year-old boy drowned and his six-year-old brother was seriously injured in a cruise ship pool when the ship was off the coast of North Carolina. Like many cruise ship pools, this one does not appear to have been monitored by a lifeguard, so the boys were both non-responsive when pulled from the pool. This ship regularly travels between New York City and the Bahamas, stopping in Port Canaveral, Florida. Sadly, these terrible events are not isolated incidents.

The skilled Miami cruise ship accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than three decades of experience in getting justice for victims of cruise line negligence. We will work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve if you were hurt on a cruise.

The cruise industry has a long history of drowning deaths on board its ships. When people book a cruise, they believe that their every need will be met by attentive staff based on the prolific hype of the cruise ship companies. While there may be a wine steward who will suggest the perfect pairing for each course, there likely will not be lifeguards on duty at the onboard pools.

In the case of the little boys aboard the Norwegian Breakaway, both boys were found unconscious in the pool in the late morning on Monday, February 3, 2014. While the older boy was able to be resuscitated and flown to a North Carolina hospital, the younger boy was pronounced dead on the cruise ship. Since March 2013, there have been at least two other child drownings or near-drownings on cruise ships.

On October 2013, six-year-old Qwentyn Hunter drowned on the Carnival Victory. In March 2013, four-year-old Chase Lykken nearly drowned onboard the Disney Fantasy before the ship even left the port. This tragic accident has left him disabled. There is no reason why cruise ships cannot staff the onboard pools with lifeguards. After the tragedy on the Disney Fantasy, Disney announced that it would begin to place lifeguards at its pools. There is no reason the other cruise lines cannot adopt the same policy.

There always has been debate about how corporate responsibility meshes with parental supervision when there are children, or adults, in a recreational environment, whether that is the pool on a cruise ship or the water slides at an amusement park. Although there is an obligation on the part of parents to supervise their children at a pool or a park, when a corporation creates an attraction and invites families to enjoy the amusements, it owes them an obligation to provide reasonable care to protect their wellbeing. In the case of two young boys who were enjoying a wonderful trip, there was a failure on the part of the cruise ship that led to unnecessary tragedy and death.

South Florida Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys Offer Help for Victims

If you or a loved one has suffered harm as the result of cruise ship negligence, the knowledgeable and dedicated attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano can help you get the justice you deserve. The cruise ship industry rakes in between 35 and 40 billion dollars each year, which is mostly tax free because of the international incorporation of most of these companies. Despite this economic success, the cruise industry regularly demonstrates a lack of care on many ships, leading to serious accidents. A victim of a cruise ship accident may endure extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation, lost wages, related expenses, and pain and suffering.

At Greenberg Stone and Urbano, our law firm has more than 100 years of collective legal experience in making the cruise ship industry pay for the harm that it has caused. We have been rated as an “AV” firm by the well-respected Martindale Hubbell and received recognition by Primerus. In addition, the Miami Herald has voted us as one of the top-rated firms in South Florida, and, we have also earned the honorable distinction of being “Superlawyers,” a title which ranks them as among the best lawyers in America. These accolades are all the result of how hard we fight for our clients, recovering millions of dollars for the injuries they have suffered. To schedule an appointment to discuss what happened to you, please call (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website.

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