In general, cruise liners are considered to be “common carriers.” This means they are required to exercise “special duty” that is beyond reasonable care, to all their passengers. As per the Cruise Law, these cruise ships have to exercise very high degrees of care to ensure that their passengers are protected against physical harm and cruise ship accidents. It is also their responsibility to ensure that the passengers arrive safely to port. In the situations where a cruise ship owner or operator falls short of its duty and a passenger gets injured, they may have to pay resulting damages.
Cruise Passenger Claims
If a passenger sustains an injury on board the cruise ship, it may be possible to file a claim against the vessel’s owner, the company that chartered the trip, the company that was operating the ship, or even the company that actually sold the ticket for that cruise liner. In addition, if a third party on that ship caused the injury, the victim might also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against that entity or individual.
Types of Cruise Ship Accident Claims
The Soffer Firm cruise liner injury lawyers handle claims involving:
- Slip & falls
- Trip & falls
- Injury from a fire on the cruise ship
- Norovirus infection or other illnesses from unsanitary conditions or contaminated food
- Pool/water slide accidents
- Injuries sustained in the course of on-shore excursions
- Injuries sustained in the course of recreational activities while aboard the ship
- Falling object accidents
- Dock accidents
- Injuries that result from navigational errors
- Medical malpractice/medical negligence
- Physical assault/sexual assault because of unsafe/unsecured premises
Our attorneys in Miami Beach have extensive experience in handling personal injury claims and are well-versed in all the technicalities of Cruise Law. If you or someone close to you, has been injured while aboard a cruise ship or involved in a cruise ship accident, contact The Soffer Firm for a no-obligation, free case review.