Many passengers who were injured in a cruise ship accident are told they might have a case for suing the cruise line if they can show “negligence.” But what does that really mean?
To keep it simple, “Negligence” means that the cruise line (or its employees – the crew) is generally liable when they negligently injure others. For example, if the cruise line did not fix broken handrails in a starewell (when they knew the railing needed to be fixed) and that led to a nasty fall. Or, if the crew recently mopped an area of the boat (without posting wet floor signs) and the wet flooring led to a broken leg.
Accidents like these happen more frequently than most passengers realize
If the injured party (the passenger and their attorney) can prove that the responsible party (the cruise line or crew) failed to exercise care that a reasonable party would have, or that, in the circumstances, the law requires for the protection of other persons or those interests of other persons, the injured party may be entitled to compensation.
If an injured party has suffered due to negligent behavior, she has the right to be compensated for physical or emotional injury, harm to her property and/or financial status – that could include compensation for the cost of the cruise, medical bills, lost time at work, pain and suffering, etc.
4 important elements to a negligence lawsuit that must be proven:
- The defendant owed a duty, either to the plaintiff or to the general public
- The defendant violated that duty
- The defendant’s violation of the duty resulted in harm to the plaintiff
- The plaintiff’s injury was foreseeable by a reasonable person.
**each and every case is different, please speak with an attorney regarding the specifics of your case as it may be different in many ways from that of other cases.
In a negligence action, damages must be proved before recovering compensation.
Questions about an Injury on a Cruise Ship?
If you believe negligence played a roll in your injury (in the pool, around the pool, on a slide or on any waterpark feature, tender, gangplank, etc.), please contact our office. We’ve seen thousands of injuries suffered on cruise ships – and many are eligible for legal action!
Here Is What We Can Do For You:
- We talk with you – it’s a FREE Consultation
- We understand all the details of your accident or injury
- We offer legal advice and establish a plan of action
- You decide to hire us to work on your behalf against the big cruise lines
- We fight for compensation of your injuries
How can we help you? Call us at 800-905-2891.