Those planning a cruise vacation will often choose cruises based on their ability to provide relaxation and enjoyment. Cruise ships are supposed to have a number of security guards and officers in place in order to protect passengers so that they can enjoy a safe vacation. Unfortunately, some cruise lines lack adequate security, opening the potential for minor as well as serious or even life threatening injuries to occur. Sadly, the cruise line’s lack of security can lead to innocent passengers suffering serious harm on the vacation that they set out to enjoy.
Common Injuries Resulting from Improper Security
Our Miami cruise ship injury lawyers know all too well how improper security can lead to a wide range of injuries that occur aboard the ship and while engaged in off-ship excursions. These injuries can include:
- Head injury
- Excessive bruising
- Spinal injury
- Broken bones
Some less common but severe incidences that can occur include kidnapping, sexual assault or rape, and murder.
Security Officers Often Lack Sufficient Training
Many cruise line security guards will have prior experience in security or law enforcement. Unfortunately, this is seen as merely a plus, not a requirement. Ensuring the safety of 3,000 plus people aboard an isolated vessel is a difficult task for even the best trained security guard, let alone one new to the industry.
Cruise lines present unique security issues. There are no law enforcement officials aboard and passengers cannot simply call 911 or escape from the ship to find assistance. Due to these issues, it is critical that security officers aboard the ship be well trained in the position. This should be a requirement, but sadly due to cost limitations, is not.
Cruise lines provide only the most basic of trailing that is nowhere near the amount of knowledge necessary to thoroughly protect the many passengers aboard. Coupled by a lack of training is often an insufficient number of security personnel given the high number of passengers aboard the ship.
The high number of overboard accident speaks volumes of the lack of security. Had security personnel been patrolling the deck areas or monitoring surveillance footage, many of these overboard incidences may not have occurred.
Liability for Improper Security Related Accidents
Cruise lines must provide adequate security for their passengers in order to ensure passenger safety. If you have been injured or a loved one killed due to inadequate security aboard a cruise ship, it is imperative that you consult with a licensed cruise ship accident attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will review all evidence surrounding the incident and assess whether the cruise line could be held accountable for the injuries or death caused. Evidence of improper security could include addressing the number of security guards versus the number of passengers, the absence of security at the time of the accident, and the training of the particular officers involved.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Justice for those Wrongfully Killed at Sea
Experiencing an injury as a result of the cruise ship’s improper security can leave victims injured and confused as to their legal rights. The Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano believe no one should have to suffer due to the negligence of cruise lines. Our attorneys will aggressively fight to see that you obtain the compensation you deserve due to the cruise line’s negligence, which can include coverage for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our unmatched legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.