In recent years, our cruise ship accident attorneys have noted a trend of several large wave accidents that have resulted in the deaths of cruise ship passengers. In February of 2014, a passenger aboard a British-based cruise ship was killed after being hit by a large wave during rough seas. The elderly passenger died on the ship while another passenger was airlifted to shore for emergency medical assistance. Officials report that a large wave hit the side of the ship while most passengers were dining in the ship’s restaurants. The windows in the restaurant burst upon impact and several were injured. Passengers were asked to go to their rooms, but for the deceased passenger, it was too late.
The Miami cruise ship accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, believe that cruise ships must take appropriate action in the face of rough seas that could result in turbulent waves and injuries to passengers. When cruise ship passengers are injured due to sea conditions, the cruise ship could be held accountable. If you have been injured in a cruise ship accident, contact our office as soon as possible. With prompt action, you could recover for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering as a result of the accident.
Protecting Passengers Against Waves and Rough Weather Conditions
Cruise lines travel the open seas and face a variety of weather and ocean conditions. Cruise ships should anticipate and protect against rough seas so as to prevent injuries or deaths. Reasonable precautions against rogue waves and rough seas include equipping the ship to withstand the pressure of waves hitting it. In the instance of the British cruise ship, the windows aboard the ship should, according to many, have been reinforced sufficiently to withstand the wave. Had those windows withstood the impact, far fewer would have experienced injuries.
Other appropriate measures include ensuring the ship is able to stay upright and ride out any large wave. Ship captains should always be abreast of weather conditions and plan on taking alternate routes in the event of rough seas. Captains should have the foresight to cancel cruise ventures when weather could be potentially severe, even if it means a loss of business for the cruise line.
Anyone injured in a cruise ship accident due to poor weather conditions should consult with a cruise ship accident attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will investigate whether the cruise line acted responsibly to prevent the accident. This will include looking at the cruise ship’s maintenance records, protocol for severe weather, and much more. If evidence emerges that the cruise line acted in a negligent manner, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries resulting from the accident.
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Cruise ship accident cases are complex and often involve serious injuries or even death. If you have been injured while on a cruise, contact the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano. We have over 130 collective years of experience representing cruise ship accident victims in South Florida. From the moment you contact our firm, we will fight to see that your case receives the care, dedication, and hard work it deserves. We are honored to have received a coveted AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and the Miami Herald’s ranking as a top firm in South Florida. Put our outstanding cruise ship accident lawyers to work on your case. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.