A cruise vacation involves trips to beautiful ports of call and days spent enjoying activities while at sea. A recent cruise ended with the loss of an engine and an unscheduled stay in Naples, Italy before an early termination of the cruise. The ship, which formerly operated as the Sovereign of the Seas under the Royal Caribbean cruise line, now operates as the Sovereign under Pullmantur Cruises. When the engine problems were not able to be repaired, the remainder of the cruise was cancelled.
While the cancellation of a cruise may not seem like a serious event, the fact that old ships are still pressed into service leads to dangerous conditions on board the ship. If you have been injured on a cruise, it is possible that your injury was the result of negligence on the part of the cruise line. The skilled South Florida cruise ship accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 120 years of collective experience getting compensation for those people who have been injured while on a cruise.
In the case of the re-christened Sovereign, it originally went into operation in 1988. This makes it one of the older cruise ships that still is carrying passengers. The ship currently is undergoing repairs at a shipyard in Marseilles, France with a plan for it to return to full service by the end of May. Although this ship received a new paint job, much of the structure and equipment on the ship are original, leading to joints that could fail and defects that could lead to serious accidents. Some of the most common accidents on a cruise ship are:
• Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents – these accidents happen on stairs that are not maintained properly, with railings that are not secured, as the result of broken tiles or damaged carpet, and on dangerous walkways. As a ship ages, more and more problems will develop;
• Accidents in and around swimming pools and recreational equipment – these may involve dangerous diving boards and deteriorating gym apparatuses;
• Shore excursion mishaps – many dangerous events happen while enjoying activities with companies that do business with cruise lines;
• Food poisoning – there are many issues on cruise ships that involve food that has not been stored or prepared in a safe manner. If the kitchen equipment ages along with the ship, it may not be up to the task of preserving perishables;
• Accidents on escalators or elevators – there are many moving parts that go into a fully functional people-mover, so as the mechanics age, they begin to deteriorate, leading to dangerous situations;
• Injuries that occur when objects fall are not uncommon on cruise ships – when ships begin to age, it is more likely for parts of the ship to break off and impact passengers and crewmembers.
Although some of these accidents do not relate to the age of the ship, many others are linked directly to the deterioration of the ship from the process of age. When cruise lines decide to keep older ships in service, they are risking the safety and even the lives of the passengers who believe they are booking passage on a trip of a lifetime.
Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano Advocate for Victims
The cruise industry continues to be an extremely profitable business. One of the reasons that many of the cruise lines bring in exorbitant profits is that they do not spend more money than necessary to maintain the cruise ships. This may lead to a breakdown in the structure and fixtures of a cruise ship that contribute to dangerous accidents. The experienced Miami cruise ship accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano understand how to get compensation for victims under existing maritime laws. With more than 30 years representing victims of negligence, our firm has received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and was voted one of South Florida’s top-rated law firms by the Miami Herald. In addition, we have been invited to join Primerus, which is a highly selective legal society. To discuss what happened to you, call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website.