For the most part, taking a cruise vacation is safe and fun. Millions of passengers board the boats every year, enjoy themselves and disembark with no issues at all. However, injuries do occur quite often on cruise ships – some minor and forgettable and some serious and life-altering.
How do we know? Because we’re personal injury attorneys who’ve talked to and worked with passengers for over 25 years. We’ve seen hundreds of physical injuries and helped these passengers file claims against the cruise lines for their injuries.
Serious Head Injuries on Cruise Ships
Just a few days ago, we read about a passenger who fell on board a cruise ship and died from his injuries.
As reported by the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, a local resident died on January 31 after falling and and sustaining an injury to his head. Read the full story here…
Unfortunate incidents like these highlight the hidden dangers that most people never think about while enjoying their cruise. A seemingly simple slip and fall accident can lead to something very serious.
Head injuries – what you should know. Head injuries should be checked out immediately by the boat’s medical staff. Open wounds may need stitches. Dizziness, blackouts or feelings of being incoherent can be symptoms of concussions or brain contusions. Again, after a fall you should check in with the ship’s doctor.
What Are Your Rights as a Passenger if You’ve Had a Head Injury on a Cruise Ship?
Most accidents that occur on a cruise ship are just simply accidents. However, we see dozens of injuries every year that are the result of negligence on the part of the cruise line (the cruise line did or didn’t do something that resulted in the passengers having an accident and injury). The cruise ships are responsible for providing safe environs for their passengers.
An example might be a newly mopped floor that is unmarked or loose carpeting on stairwells. Luggage or dinner plates left in hallways are a common reason for falls.
If you’ve suffered a head injury on a cruise ship and believe that the injury was caused by actions that were taken (or not taken) by the ship’s staff, you may want to speak with an attorney who is experienced with cruise ship injury law. Even if you’re uncertain about the reason for the fall, it’s a good idea to contact an attorney.
Waks and Barnett, P.A. / CruiseLawyers.com
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