For many, taking a cruise is a once in a lifetime experience. There is something so exciting about being able to set sail on a journey that you’ve been planning for months, especially when it’s going to a destination you’ve never visited before. From the on board activities to the excursions, there is no doubt that you will have plenty to keep you occupied. Despite the fact that much of your time will be spent in transit, the many luxuries of the ship may make you forget that you’re in transit at all.
So, it goes without saying that you will most likely want to enjoy as much of your cruise as possible. After all, you’ve spent good money, and a great deal of time, planning this vacation. Once you’ve set sail, all you should have to do is enjoy!
Unfortunately, as a maritime law firm, we know that this is not always what happens. We see plenty of cases of accident and injury that take place when people least expect it. While many assume that cruises are a break from normal life and therefore immune to injury and illness, that is simply not the case.
A recent story out of Texas reminds us that you can never be too safe.
Woman Falls Down Stairs
On Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, a 66-year-old woman was air-lifted from her Disney cruise ship, after falling down a flight of stairs. The Disney Wonder had departed from Galveston that day, and was about 50 miles east when the woman fell.
According to reports, she suffered a skull fracture and bleeding, and was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. At the time of this post, she was listed in stable condition.
In this situation, it seems as if everyone on board followed the appropriate medical procedures and that the woman was taken care of to the best of the cruise line’s ability. Our thoughts go out to her and her family as she continues her recovery.
Is the Cruise Line to Blame?
However, we cannot help but to wonder what caused the fall? While it is possible that the woman tripped over herself, we would first want to ensure that there were no dangerous conditions aboard the ship that may have impacted her ability to find traction. Were handrails present? Was the floor slippery from cleaning? We have many questions about the ship’s conditions, in the wake of this incident.
After all, no passenger should suffer a fall due to cruise line negligence. It is up to the cruise to place passenger safety as a first priority. So, we hope that Disney will look into the circumstances surrounding the fall. And, if they discover that better precautions could have been made to keep all of their passengers from becoming injured, we hope they will take the proper steps to ensure that this is done.
With over 165 years of combined experience with maritime law, we are equipped to help you navigate your claim against many major cruise lines. So if you have been injured aboard your cruise, know that a maritime attorney is here to help. When you contact us, we’ll set up an initial consultation so that we can listen to your story. Then, we’ll help you determine the best way to move forward.