There are many different things that can go wrong on a cruise. One of the most headline-grabbing events is when a person goes overboard while on a cruise, whether a passenger or an employee. Although this often is treated as an uncommon incident, the fact is that nearly 250 people have fallen or jumped off cruise ships over the last 30 years. Many of these deadly falls could have been prevented if the cruise ship had taken some basic precautions.
Cruise lines fail to take many necessary actions, leading to dangerous conditions and serious injuries or fatalities on far too many cruises. The skilled and tenacious Miami cruise ship accident lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 130 years of collective experience in overcoming the many hurdles thrown up by the cruise industry in order to get compensation for our clients who were harmed while on a cruise.
Some of the overboard falls that happen on a cruise ship take place because the passenger was inebriated, intentionally went over the rail, or was the victim of a violent act. However, there are other times when passengers have gone overboard because they were allowed on deck during inclement weather, the rails were not sufficient to prevent the person from accidentally going overboard, or other defects posed a safety hazard. After an accident or intentional act, there often is insufficient evidence to determine what truly happened. If the cruise ship had adequate surveillance cameras or other security measures, there would not be so much ambiguity with many of the overboard cases.
In late November, 2014, a passenger fell overboard from the Sun Princess when the ship was returning to the port in Sydney, Australia after a 13-day cruise to New Zealand. The search for the elderly man’s body was called off and he was not found. In most cases, the individuals who fall from large cruise ships are killed. This may be from the impact forces of the fall or from exposure, drowning, or even marine life. The cruise ships often fail to respond quickly to the overboard event, even if the fall is detected right away through witnesses or the use of onboard radar equipment.
Some of the deadly falls that happen onboard cruise ships do not involve going over the rail and into the water. In late September, 2014, a 20 year old college student accessed a restricted area on the Carnival Ecstasy and fell to a lower deck. According to the news story, the accident happened when the cruise ship was back in port after a cruise. There is an obvious question about how the young man was able to access an area that was supposed to be off limits for passengers and whether better onboard security might have prevented this tragedy.
Cruise ships routinely place the profitability of the ship over the safety of the passengers and crew, which leads to many preventable accidents. When these events happen, it is important to hold the cruise line responsible to the extent that negligence caused or contributed to the harm suffered by the victim and his family.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Fights for Cruise Ship Accident Victims
The cruise industry has spent decades, if not centuries, building a complex legal shied to insulate it from many valid claims. The South Florida cruise ship accident law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano has spent more than 30 years unraveling the legal web in order to get the best possible results for our clients. In recognition of our dedication and perseverance, the firm has received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest peer rating that a firm can receive. Our firm also was voted one of South Florida’s top-rated law firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an initial appointment so that we can discuss how we can help you.