Young children continue to fall victim to swimming pool accidents on cruise ships, and a recent accident only confirms that a problem truly exists on board many cruise ships. Just last month, an 8-year-old boy lost his life two days after being found lying in a pool on board the Anthem of the Seas cruise ship. Coast Guard officials believe the boy was in one of the cruise ship’s swimming pools for approximately 8-10 minutes before being found. While the boy did survive for two days following the swimming pool accident, the cause of his death was ruled a drowning.
Should Cruise Ships Have Lifeguards on Duty?
The vast majority of cruise ships do not have lifeguards on duty to monitor passengers (both children and adults) swimming in cruise ship pools. Many cruise ships also have more than one pool, leading many people to ask why cruise ships have not enlisted the services of lifeguards.
Some cruise ships take the position that passengers swim at their risk and are responsible for watching their children at all times when swimming in the pool. On the flip side, many passengers believe that if a cruise ship is going to make the decision to have swimming pools, then the cruise ship is also taking on the responsibility to ensure the swimming pools are equipped with lifeguards.
Young children are likely to use the swimming pools more so than adults, so it is understandable that many cruise ship passengers have become frustrated, believing a lack of safety is the reason why many young children have lost their lives due to drownings and other physical injuries that originated from cruise ship swimming pools.
Do I Have a Valid Legal Claim?
When accidents on cruise ships result in serious injuries, illnesses or deaths, victims of these accidents likely wonder whether or not the cruise ship is responsible for the resulting injuries, illnesses or deaths. While not every accident that has taken place on a cruise ship can be directly blamed on the cruise ship itself, there are a significant number of cruise ship accidents over the years where cruise ships have been held responsible for injuries, illnesses, and deaths suffered by others.
As such, whether or not you have a valid legal claim to recover for your injuries, or have a valid claim to seek recovery on behalf of a deceased loved one will be dependent upon the individual facts of your case which should be discussed alongside an attorney highly experienced in cruise ship accident law.
Contact the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation!
Swimming pool accidents on cruise ships continue to occur year after year, and it is unfortunate that another young child has died as a result of a probable drowning. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or lost a loved one as a result of a cruise ship accident, whether it involved a swimming pool or not, it is important to speak with an attorney about your legal rights and options. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we have more than 130 years of combined professional experience providing legal representation to injured victims throughout South Florida. Our Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys are standing by to provide you with the guidance you need to move forward. Having received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell as well as being named a Top South Florida Law Firm by the Miami Herald, Greenberg, Stone & Urbano has the reputation and skill to effectively evaluate your potential case and advocate on your behalf. To schedule your free consultation, contact our office today by calling (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400. You may also contact us online by visiting our website.