The cruise line industry brings in large amounts of revenue for the companies that operate the various ships. However, the corporate structure of cruise lines and the international registration of vessels make it very difficult to regulate the standards to which cruise ships must be held, especially with regard to safety on board the ship and the suitability of the crew for their jobs. Our Miami cruise ship injury lawyers believe this lack of oversight has led to many serious problems, including a high crime rate and many tragic accidents. It appears that the degree of risk to cruise passengers finally may have triggered a political response by the United States.
Many passengers are not aware of the dangers that they face when they book that trip to an exciting destination because safety reports and on board issues are not widely available. If you have been injured or a loved one was killed while on a cruise, the dedicated and knowledgeable South Florida cruise ship accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano can help you get the compensation that you deserve if negligence led to the harm that you suffered. With more than 120 years of collective experience, we know how to build a successful case. We have handled many many cruise injury cases. These cases have included everything from falls, pool incidents, children being injured while on-board, passengers hurt on excursions or injured by the cruise lines failure to warn of known dangerous areas as well as for other types of negligence.
In March of 2014, the United States Coast Guard issued a statement to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) during a conference that there are many safety problems in the cruise industry with which the Coast Guard deals. What is very telling about this report is that it did not identify the cruise ships with the worst records. Even more interesting is the fact that the NTSB did not follow-up with an inquiry into the worst offenders. The forum was intended to examine the following issues:
• The regulatory framework in which the cruise lines operate;
• The design of cruise ships;
• Fire protection methods; and • The operation and corporate oversight of the industry.
In addition, the conference was intended to examine some of the serious problems that recently have happened on cruise ships. Despite these goals, there was no announcement about which cruise lines had the most problems and had done poorly on safety reviews.
A group of senators now have requested that the safety reports that the Coast Guard has compiled on the various cruise ships be released to the public over the Internet so that passengers can be aware of the potential risks before booking that next cruise vacation. Senators John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.V. who is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) have sent a letter to Admiral Robert Papp, Jr. of the Coast Guard making the request that the Coast Guard share the details of the inspections with the public. These records relate to the unannounced inspections that the Coast Guard conducts on the various cruise ships. The reviews are intended to target the ships with the worst safety record, but the senators stated that the Coast Guard did a disservice to cruise customers when it concealed the identity of those cruise ships with a “pattern of noncompliance.” Whether these actions have long-term consequences for the cruise industry remains to be seen. We strongly suggest that all Americans write to their representatives and let them know that you want the cruise line industry to be safer and that passengers need to be protected.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Works Hard for Cruise Ship Accident Victims
Many passengers are injured or killed while taking cruise vacations every year. Unfortunately, the safety records of these cruise ships that may have led to a person making a different vacation choice are not readily available to the average person. At the Miami law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano, we have more than three decades of experience in gathering the evidence that demonstrates the negligence of the cruise industry in order to get justice for accident victims and their loved ones. Our commitment to this goal has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and an invitation to join Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. In addition, the Miami Herald has voted our law firm as one of the top-rated firms in South Florida. Please call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an initial consultation.